SuperPathstands for Superior Portal Assisted Total Hip Replacement and is the name for a minimally invasive, tissue sparing approach for total hip replacement. It is a modification of the posterior approach. It differs however, in that no muscles or tendons are cut, and the hip does not need to be dislocated.
No. Over 30,000 SuperPath procedures have now been performed to date. The surgical techniques involved have been in use since 2004 all around the world.
Because SuperPath hip replacement does not involve cutting muscles or dislocating the hip, the hip can be replaced with minimal soft tissue damage. Studies have shown that patients experience less post-operative pain, earlier mobilization, a shorter hospital stay and can return to full function faster.Patients tend to be able to drive sooner and walk further faster.
The published results show that the technique can be learnt safely and if necessary, can extend the incision easily allowing surgeons to continue the operation from a more familiar posterior approach without repositioning the patient.
The complications of hip replacement using this approach are no more common than using a more traditional approach and in fact, many complications, such as blood clots and infections, are less common