When is it safe for patients to drive after right total hip arthroplasty?

Victor H. Hernandez, Alvin Ong, Fabio Orozco, Anne M. Madden, Zachary Post

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Old studies recommend 6. weeks post-operative before patients can return to driving safely. This is a prospective study assessing brake reaction time (BRT) after THA. 38 patients underwent a pre-operative, 2, 4 and 6. weeks post-operative BRT test. General linear repeated measurement was used. The mean pre-operative reaction time was 0.635 ± 0.160. seconds SD and 2-week was 0.576 ± 0.137. seconds SD (P = 0.029); 33 patients (87%) were able to reach their baseline time by 2. weeks. The remaining five patients (13%) reached their baseline at the 4-week post-operative. No differences were found with respect to age, gender, and the use of assistive devices. With new techniques in THA, most of patients return to normal times within the 2-week.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-630
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Brake reaction time
  • Drive
  • Driving
  • Outcomes
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • Total hip replacement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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