St. Paul’s Hospital Let’s Talk about SEX!. Mary Cho OT Michelle Bech NP(A). St. Paul’s Hospital Team. Lets talk about SEX since no one else will. Do you talk to your arthroplasty patients about safe sexual positions after surgery?. Lets talk about SEX since no one else will.
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Mary Cho OT
Michelle Bech NP(A)
Do you talk to your arthroplasty patients about safe sexual positions after surgery?
In a survey done by Stern SH et al. (1991) found 89% of patients desired more information regarding sexual activity after arthroplasty.
BC Orthopedic Hip and Knee Assessment Tool Version 1.0 asks about…
Other functional limitations (eg – putting on shoes, managing stairs, sitting to standing, sexual activity, bathing, cooking, recreation or hobbies)
A survey of orthopaedic surgeons
was done in 2004
The following questions were asked…
We surveyed the 3 orthopedic surgeons at SPH …
All 3 said – “When comfortable and whatever position is comfortable”
Very rarely…only if they bring it up.
1 - “YES”
Usually the most comfortable position
1-2 pillows may be placed under affected knee for comfort, bend the knee as comfort allows
Use this position on the unaffected leg immediately after surgery
Pillows may be used under the knee to support the affected leg and increase comfort.
Limited information available on the web
Positions to avoid: