A vast majority of people found the surgery bettered their sexual feelings.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis in your hips or knees, as millions of Americans do, you know how it can put a limit on your sex life.
A new study done by researchers and presented at the annual meeting of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has shown that this can be fixed, however. Surgery for replacements has been shown to be so effective that it improves sexual function in 90 percent of patients.
The study involved 147 patients under the age of 70. Each was scheduled for primary THR or TKR surgery. Following the procedure, patients reported improvements many areas including in libido, the duration of their intercourse, frequency of intercourse, sexual self-image and general well-being. Interestingly, more females reported improvements than males.
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Did it work for everyone? It’s true the procedure didn’t make improvements across the board in each case. Some people felt that the surgery made sex more difficult. They became worried about having it affect their replacement joint.
This, however, is something that experts feel can be easily addressed.
“It is important for the health care provider to discuss the functional status of each patient in terms of sexual activity and overall sexuality,” said Dr. Rodriguez, principal investigator Jose A Rodriguez MD, orthopaedic surgeon and chief.
“This could be in the form of a one-on-one discussion with patients, or (the provision) of information booklets, or both if necessary, to effectively determine and address this fear.”
Thinking about the benefits? Talk to your doctor to see what’s possible. For more on the study, click here.
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