Trochanteric Bursitis Following Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty: Incidence, Predictors, and Treatment

Shai S. Shemesh, Calin S. Moucha, Aakash Keswani, Nolan A. Maher, Darwin Chen, Michael J. Bronson

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Background: Trochanteric bursitis (TB) remains a common complication after total hip arthroplasty (THA), with an incidence between 3% and 17%, depending on the surgical approach, with the posterior approach (PA) being relatively protective compared to the lateral approach. The purposes of this study were to determine the incidence of TB after primary THA, identify potential risk factors for TB, and examine the utility of different modes of treatment. Methods: Retrospective cohort data of 990 primary THAs performed in a single institution, including 613 PAs and 377 direct anterior approaches (DAAs), were analyzed. Data abstracted included demographic data, operative diagnosis, comorbidities, radiographic assessment, and other specific predictors of interest that were compared between patients diagnosed with TB following THA and controls. Results: The incidence of TB following primary THA was 5.4% (54/990) for the entire cohort. The incidence did not differ significantly between the PA and DAA (5% vs 6.1%, respectively; P =.47). Charlson comorbidity index and American Society of Anesthesiology did not differ significantly in the TB group. Lumbar spinal stenosis and history of past smoking were significantly more common in patients who developed TB (P =.03, P =.01, respectively), but did not continue to be significant risk factors on multivariate analysis. All patients were treated nonoperatively by the time of final follow-up. Seventy-four percent required a local steroid injection and 30% required treatment with more than one modality. Conclusion: The occurrence of TB is not influenced by the surgical approach (PA or DAA), and could not be predicted by specific comorbidities or radiographic measurements. However, it can be effectively treated conservatively in most cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1205-1209
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • direct anterior approach
  • lateral trochanteric pain
  • posterior approach
  • primary THA
  • trochanteric bursitis


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