Hip Arthroplasty or Medical Management: A Challenging Treatment Decision for Younger Patients

Christine E. Stake*, Patricia Y. Talbert, William J. Hopkinson, Robert J. Daley, Kris J. Alden, Benjamin G. Domb

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The two main treatment options for total hip arthroplasty (THA), medical management and surgical intervention, have advantages and disadvantages, creating a challenging decision. Treatment decisions are further complicated in a younger population (≤50) as the potential need for revision surgery is probable. We examined the relationship of selected variables to the decision-making process for younger patients with symptomatic OA. Thirty-five participants chose surgical intervention and 36 selected medical management for their current treatment. Pain, activity restrictions, and total WOMAC scores were statistically significant (P < .05) for patients selecting surgical intervention. No difference in quality of life was shown between groups. Pain was the only predictor variable identified, however, activity restrictions were also influential variables as these were highly correlated with pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-954
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Decision-making
  • Medical management
  • Surgical intervention
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • Younger population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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