In the world of medicine, when real communication exists between patients and doctors, the good can be transformed into the excellent. This happened when specialists (implementing their expertise with passion) were able to talk about an inconvenient truth with their patients. In a new clinical research, a repetitive pattern was found in patients with hip problems in regard to their sexual lives. The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin research team conducted an investigation concerning Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) and the sexual activity of patients. They found that before surgery, arthritic pain in the hip interfered with a fulfilled sexual experience and diminished the quality of life of many patients. Pain associated with hip arthritis could be reduced and even eliminated with a THA. Unfortunately, many orthopedists do not consider limitations in sexual activity as a prime indication for a Total Hip Arthroplasty. This new investigation made a clear connection between THA and an improved quality of life.
The study was developed and completed by Carlos J. Lavernia M.D., Jesus M. Villa M.D. and David A. Iacobelli M.D. and it was presented during the 2014 Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS) Annual Meeting. Dr. Jesus M. Villa was awarded first place for his podium presentation of the study. This new investigation was awarded during the Fellowship Research Competition and it surpassed all other universities in the state of Florida. The FOS is a premier organization that promotes the highest quality musculoskeletal health for the citizens of Florida. Dr. Lavernia has been an active member of the organization for more than 15 years. He was elected as the official first Vice-President of the FOS Board of Directors during the aforementioned 2014 annual meeting.
The doctors at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin demonstrated that a large percentage of patients undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty are sexually active even though many of them are in the third age. They also demonstrated that hip osteoarthritis plays a key role in the impaired sexual life of these patients. A total hip replacement could correct most of the pain and limitations presented before surgery.
The following are testimonials from grateful patients who are comfortable speaking out about their improvements in sexual activity and/or overall quality of life.
“Before my Total Hip Arthroplasty I was experiencing difficulties sitting, walking and during sexual activities. Now, I can do it all with a little caution. Total Hip Arthroplasty hasn’t prevented me from my daily routine; actually it has made it easier. Dr. Lavernia and the Larkin team changed my life for the better,” stated Marvin Jimenez (Bilateral total hip replacements)
“After my total hip replacement, my personal life has seen significant improvement. I’m back to doing the things I enjoy and spending quality time with my loved ones. I recently began walking a few miles every day and I noticed that my flexibility and stamina has increased. The attentiveness and support that was demonstrated by Dr. Lavernia and his team was very beneficial to my recovery,” explained Maritza Gomez (Right Total Hip Replacement)
“We are very proud of Dr. Lavernia’s accomplishments at the Florida Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting. Dr. Lavernia and his team continue to set the gold standard in the care of orthopedic patients. We are honored to have physicians of his caliber as members of The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin,” stated Sandy Sosa-Guerrero, CEO of Larkin Community Hospital.