Better Sex With a New Knee or Hip!

Total knee replacement (TKR) or total hip replacement (THR) has the ancillary benefit of improving the sex life of the patient.

According to Jose A. Rodriguez, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, hip or knee replacement does “offer improvement in sexual activity and overall sexuality to patients after surgery, especially if (sexuality) is affected before surgery.”

In a just released survey, a group of patients (68 men, 78 women) scheduled for THR or TKR with a mean age of 57.7 years returned questionnaires that were completed prior to surgery, six months after surgery, and one year after surgery.  Here are some of the results:

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the patients reported physical problems with sexual activity prior to surgery.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of the patients reported psychological issues related to their osteoarthritis (general well-being, diminished sexual self-image).


Forty-two percent (42%) of the patients reported improved libido; 41% increased duration of intercourse; and 41% increased intercourse frequency.  84% of patients reported improvement in their general well-being and 55% in their sexual self-image.  Sixteen percent (16%) reported being adversely affected in their sexual function primarily due to a fear of damaging the replaced joint.

But overall, 90% of both the THR and TKR reported improved sexual function (with a slightly higher rate of improvement from THR patients).

If pain from osteoarthritis is impacting your quality of life, don’t be afraid to consult an orthopedist to discuss your options.  THR and TKR surgeries can offer welcome relief and apparently they can give you renewed sexual interest and capacity.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (


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