Sexual activity after THA
A motion capture study
Project info
Start date:
January 2013

End date:
April 2013

Funding:
artanim

Coordinator:
artanim
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Summary
Many patients wonder about the risks related to sexual activity after total hip arthroplasty (THA), but this issue remains rarely discussed between patients and surgeons. To date, the relative risk of prosthetic or bony impingement and joint instability during sexual activities after THA is unknown. Hip range of motion necessary to perform sexual positions has also never been quantified.

The goal of this study was to obtain realistic motion data for 12 common sexual positions and to evaluate relative risk of impingement and joint instability during their practice. We therefore conducted an in-vivo study with two volunteers using motion capture and magnetic resonance imaging. The data obtained were then used for computer simulations of prosthetic hip joint 3D models. Our aim was to provide surgeon or other healthcare professionals with scientifically validated information, as well as specific instructions to answer patient's inquiries.
Partners
artanim
Motion capture and analysis, dynamic simulation of prosthetic hip models

University Hospitals of Geneva - Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology
Medical supervision

Medacta International SA
3D planning and prosthetic hip models
Related publications
Charbonnier C, Chagué S, Ponzoni M, Bernardoni M, Hoffmeyer P, Christofilopoulos P. Risk Assessment of Sexual Activity after Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA), Swiss Med Wkly, Suppl. 204, 144:35S, 2014.
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Charbonnier C, Chagué S, Ponzoni M, Bernardoni M, Hoffmeyer P, Christofilopoulos P. Sexual Activity after Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Motion Capture Study, 15th EFORT Congress, London, UK, June 2014.
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Charbonnier C, Chagué S, Ponzoni M, Bernardoni M, Hoffmeyer P, Christofilopoulos P. Sexual Activity after Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Motion Capture Study, J Arthroplasty, 29(3):640-647, 2014.
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