Superpath Hip Replacement
SuperPaths are percutaneously-assisted total hip surgery, or SuperPath surgery, is a newer, more novel technique of performing a standard total hip arthroplasty where your surgeon utilizes a smaller initial incision and, more importantly, a very limited dissection in the deep tissues. This technique avoids cutting any muscles or tendons and thereby not having to repair them during surgery and wait for them to heal for an extended period postoperatively. This technique performed by cutting through the superior part of the capsule only is also referred to as the northern approach or northern exposure.
The SuperPath technique is a restorative technique because it enables the surgeon to utilize specialized instruments and tools to remove the diseased hip and implant the new components while the hip remains in a natural rested position during the surgical procedure. By contrast, traditional techniques require twisting and contorting the lower extremity in order to dislocate the hip joint to perform the surgery, with the possibility of complications such as increased postoperative soreness, all the way to intraoperative fractures of the femur requiring more extensive surgery.
The SuperPATH® approach combines cutting-edge technology and advanced surgical techniques to encourage soft tissue preservation and enable patient to shorten their recovery to weeks, rather than months as in traditional approaches.
Potential advantages of SuperPATH® hip surgery include:
- Less post-operative pain
- Minimal blood loss during surgery
- Minimal scars
- No activity limitations
- Short recovery time
- Greatly reduced dislocation risk
- Give a natural feeling hip