Introduction Patient satisfaction is gaining popularity as an important outcome parameter in today’s healthcare system and in particular in evaluating the outcome of joint arthroplasty. Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a very successful procedure with reports on high patient satisfaction at short-term follow-up. Commonly used clinical outcome parameters remain good at long-term follow-up; however, whether this also accounts for patient satisfaction remains unclear. This study presents a prospective follow-up of patient satisfaction after THA, and a possible correlation with common outcome parameters was established. Methods This study entails a concise follow-up of an earlier study on patient satisfaction 2.5 years after THA. Patient sat- isfaction was repeatedly measured with a visual analogue scale (VAS) after a mean follow-up of 13.5 (12.6–14.2) years in a prospective cohort of 147 patients (153 THAs). In addition, VAS pain and common clinical outcome parameters (WOMAC, OHS and SF-36) were also reassessed and were compared with short-term results after a mean follow-up of 2.5 (1.3–3.0) years. Results At a follow-up of 13.5 (12.6–14.2) years, the median VAS for satisfaction was 95 (26–100) compared to a median VAS satisfaction of 98 (0–100) at earlier follow-up (p = 0.781). Overall, the clinical outcome parameters also remained good
European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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