Radiological measurements in total hip arthroplasty

University dissertation from Umeå : Umeå universitet

Abstract: Every year, about 1 million patients worldwide and 20000 patients in Sweden undergo total hip arthroplasty (THA). This type of operation is considered a successful, safe and cost-effective procedure to regain mobility and restore hip joint function in patients suffering from severe hip joint disease or trauma. The main goals of the operation are to relief the pain, improve quality of life (QoL) and to restore the biomechanical forces around the hip with appropriate femoral offset (FO), leg length and proper component position and orientation. The radiographic preoperative planning and postoperative evaluation of these parameters require good validity, interobserver reliability and intraobserver reproducibility. Most patients are satisfied after THA, although this treatment still has its complications. About 10 % of THA patients report persistent pain and suboptimal functional outcome and QoL at long-term follow-up. The absolute number of dissatisfied patients is expected to rise given the increase in the annual number of THA performed. Therefore, every effort should be made to investigate factors that possibly influence THA outcome. The data available about the influence of preoperative radiological severity and symptom duration of OA on the outcome of THA are scarce and contradictory. Further studies even needed to evaluate the effect of obesity on post-operative THA radiological measurements