Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 470, Issue 2, pp 555–561 | Cite as

Predictors of Participation in Sports After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

  • Daniel H. Williams
  • Nelson V. Greidanus
  • Bassam A. Masri
  • Clive P. Duncan
  • Donald S. Garbuz
Symposium: Papers Presented at the Annual Meetings of The Hip Society

Abstract

Background

While the primary objective of joint arthroplasty is to improve patient quality of life, pain, and function, younger active patients often demand a return to higher function that includes sporting activity. Knowledge of rates and predictors of return to sports will help inform expectations in patients anticipating return to sports after joint arthroplasty.

Questions/purposes

We measured the rate of sports participation at 1 year using the UCLA activity score and explored 11 variables, including choice of procedure/prosthesis, that might predict return to a high level of sporting activity, when controlling for potential confounding variables.

Methods

We retrospectively evaluated 736 patients who underwent primary metal-on-polyethylene THA, metal-on-metal THA, hip resurfacing arthroplasty, revision THA, primary TKA, unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, and revision TKA between May 2005 and June 2007. We obtained UCLA activity scores on all patients; we defined high activity as a UCLA score of 7 or more. We evaluated patient demographics (age, sex, BMI, comorbidity), quality of life (WOMAC score, Oxford Hip Score, SF-12 score), and surgeon- and procedural/implant-specific variables to identify factors associated with postoperative activity score. Minimum followup was 11 months (mean, 12.1 months; range, 11–13 months).

Results

Preoperative UCLA activity score, age, male sex, and BMI predicted high activity scores. The type of operation and implant characteristics did not predict return to high activity sports.

Conclusions

Our data suggest patient-specific factors predict postoperative activity rather than factors specific to type of surgery, implant, or surgeon factors.

Level of Evidence

Level II, prognostic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Keywords

Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty Joint Arthroplasty UCLA Score Improve Patient Quality UCLA Activity Score 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Daphné Savoy for her assistance in the preparation of this manuscript and Eric Sayre, PhD, for his assistance with the statistical analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel H. Williams
    • 1
  • Nelson V. Greidanus
    • 1
  • Bassam A. Masri
    • 1
  • Clive P. Duncan
    • 1
  • Donald S. Garbuz
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction and Oncology, Department of OrthopaedicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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