Super Path Hip
In the recent year’s there has been a growing interest in minimally invasive hip surgery. Minimally invasive surgery does not only mean a shorter incision but how the critical muscles and tendons surrounding the hip are preserved. It is the sparing of this underlying soft tissue which allows patients to get back on their feet within days (possibly hours) instead of weeks or months. A number of patients who have undergone this procedure are able to walk unassisted the day after surgery, and leave the hospital without the typical restrictions (such as crossing their legs)associated with total hip replacement.
The most common approach for total hip replacement is the posterior approach, in this surgical approach several muscles and especially the short rotator muscles are cut to replace the hip. In the past, the posterior approach also reported hip dislocation rates that led surgeons to investigate new and improved surgical techniques to lower the dislocation rate, while also shortening the recovery time. The Mini Posterior approach which led to the term Minimally invasive hip surgery cuts through the short rotator muscles but reduces the length of the incision in order to achieve a shorter recovery after surgery.
SuperPath is a total hip replacement technique, with SuperPath the hip is never surgically dislocated. The key to any successful tissue sparing approach is the avoidance of trauma experienced by the soft-tissue structures around the hip. By never surgically dislocating the hip, there is little trauma to the surrounding muscles and tendons. With this surgical technique, the implant is built inside the body, so the hip is never twisted into unnatural positions during surgery – a common element to many other hip procedures. With the SuperPath® Hip Replacement, no muscles are cut during the procedure.
The trauma, pain, and bleeding caused to these tissues is minimized by avoiding cutting the tendons around the hip. This leaves more intact tissue, specifically the short external rotator tendons and a less traumatized gluteus medius muscle. These muscles are normally responsible for preventing dislocation. Because of the elimination of damage to these important structures, patients typically have a short hospital stay and a number of patients walk the same day as their surgery.
What are The Benefits?
Soft Tissue Preservation
Leaving muscles undisturbed allows patients to return to rehab activities soon, and promotes a minimalized rehab experience in general. The SuperPath® technique is designed to allow your surgeon to preserve as much soft tissue as possible.
After traditional hip surgery, surgeons usually impose restrictions on certain leg movements because the soft tissues in the joint are traumatized and loose, resulting in a risk of dislocation. The SuperPath® technique avoids trauma and stretching of these tissues, possibly avoiding the need for your doctor to impose restrictions on your hip’s range of motion.
Fast Hospital Recovery
Because the tissues surrounding the hip are not traumatized, many patients are able to return to mobility within days, rather than weeks or months. A number of patients who have undergone this procedure are able to walk unassisted the day after surgery.
What are the Risks?
As with any major surgical procedure, there are risks and recovery times. Potential adverse effects which may result from hip replacement include, but are not limited to the following: pain, bone or component fracture, blood vessel damage or blockage, temporary or permanent nerve damage, a sudden drop in blood pressure during surgery due to the use of bone cement, leg length discrepency, blood clots that can travel to your heart or lungs, delayed wound healing, and deep wound infection or accelerated wear of the prosthesis which may necessitate additional surgery. Your weight, age, and medical history determine your specific risks. Ask your doctor if hip replacement surgery is right for you.