Recent advancements in surgical techniques and technology are leading to better outcomes and faster recovery after a total hip replacement. There is a new “hybrid” approach referred to as the Supercapsular Percutaneously-Assisted Total Hip Replacement, otherwise known as “SuperPATH”.
This technique involves sparing soft-tissue (muscles and tendons) when performing total hip replacement surgery. This technique builds a traditional hip implant in-place, without having to cut any muscles or tendons. Additionally, this is done without having to dislocate-relocate the hip during the surgery, a common element to all other hip replacement surgery techniques (such as the anterior, posterior, lateral, or 2-incision approaches). Potential advantages are:
- Shorter recovery time – many patients can be discharged from the hospital within 23 hours
- No activity limitations
- Less pain
- Decreased dislocation risk
- Less scarring
- Easier exposure for future revision surgery
- More natural feeling hip
Additionally, the SuperPATH approach is completely adjustable, and can easily be converted to selectively release individual muscles, allowing the surgery to be adapted to the patient in terms of implant selection and patient anatomy, while still remaining less invasive. Thus, this approach does not “pigeon-hole” the surgeon to make compromises in the surgery, especially if reconstruction is particularly difficult. Because this approach is completely adjustable, patients can rest assured that they will receive the most appropriate reconstruction, regardless of the incision used.