Hip Replacement May Improve Sex Life (Today Newspaper)

November 19, 2014

It is well known that total hip replacement improves mobility and reduces pain. Now, new research shows the surgical procedure offers an unexpected bonus in the bedroom too.

Hip problems, which affect not only the old, can cause pain, limit movement and affect everyday activities such as walking or bending. Younger adults with hip problems are usually born with them or have a condition called avascular necrosis, which occurs when bone tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply. Among the elderly, osteoarthritis and hip fractures are the main culprits of hip pain.

Hip and knee specialist Dr Chin Pak Lin, medical director of The Orthopaedic Centre, said people with hip problems often cannot rotate their hips or part their thighs.

“If a person has difficulty getting in and out of a car, imagine the pain during sex. Restricted hip movements mean they have problems with squatting, bending, etc. Not only does it cause hygiene problems in the groin region, it can certainly affect their ability to have sex,”  Dr Chin said.

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