International Orthopaedics

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 297–302 | Cite as

Function and activity after minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty compared to a healthy population

  • Eberhard von Rottkay
  • Lars Rackwitz
  • Maximilian Rudert
  • Ulrich Nöth
  • Johannes Christian Reichert
Original Paper



The aim of the present study was to compare the daily activity and functionality in a patient cohort 12 months after total hip arthroplasty (THA) using a direct anterior approach with a healthy non-operated control population.


Sixty-four patients who underwent THA and 59 healthy individuals (control) were assessed regarding their daily activity and joint functionality utilizing the Harris hip score (HHS), the extra short musculoskeletal functional assessment questionnaire (XSFMA), the Short Form 36 (SF-36) health survey and a Stepwatch™ Activity Monitor (SAM). Post-operative x-ray images after THA were analysed regarding inclination and stem positioning.


Twelve months after surgery, the average HHS showed no significant difference between both groups equalling 90.7 points in the THA patient group and 90.8 in the healthy volunteer group. The XSFMA functional index scores were 11.0 (THA) and 5.0 (control) while the bother index summed up to a score of 15.3 (THA) and 7.6 (control) respectively thus differing significantly (p < 0.001). Daily activity equalled 4227 (THA) and 4687 (control) load cycles per day (p = 0.327) while a number of 5658 (THA) and 6417 (control) steps per day (p = 0.011) was recorded.

The SF-36 physical component scores were 47.3 (THA) and 50.6 (control) points while the psychometric properties added up to a score of 56.1 (THA) and 55.9 (control). The physical component was determined to be significantly different (p < 0.001) whereas no statistically significant difference could be shown for the psychometric properties (p = 0.511).

The radiographic analysis revealed an average cup inclination of 39.9° without signs of migration. Stem positioning was neutral in 53% of all cases while 36% were graded varus and 11% valgus.


In summary, our short-term results show an activity, functionality and quality of life for patients one year after THA comparable to healthy control individuals.


Total hip arthroplasty Minimally invasive Direct anterior approach Outcome Healthy population 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


There is no funding source.

Ethical approval

The study was approved by the ethics committee of the University of Würzburg.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eberhard von Rottkay
    • 1
  • Lars Rackwitz
    • 1
  • Maximilian Rudert
    • 2
  • Ulrich Nöth
    • 1
  • Johannes Christian Reichert
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma SurgeryEvangelisches Waldkrankenhaus SpandauBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, König-Ludwig-Haus, Center for Musculoskeletal ResearchJulius-Maximilians-UniversityWürzburgGermany

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