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The Latest in Total Hip Replacement: Direct Superior Approach

Author: Brandon Gough, M.D.

Call me biased, but joint replacement surgery is one of the most fascinating surgical fields to be in today. As new technologies are introduced to the marketplace, surgery is becoming a viable option for an increasing number of patients. Plus, the outcomes of joint replacement surgery are dramatically improving.

Here at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, we’re very excited to offer the latest in total hip replacement surgery with new state-of-the-art technology from Stryker. With this technology, we’re able to perform total hip replacements using a direct superior approach. Currently, Hedley Orthopaedic Institute is the only practice in Phoenix to offer the direct superior surgical hip approach.

What is a direct superior approach?

With this approach, the surgeon makes just one small incision in the hip, which allows for adequate visualization and the proper placement of surgical components. In other words, the entire hip replacement is performed through just one small incision, leaving muscles and tendons undamaged and the hip’s natural alignment intact.

What are the patient benefits for this type of total hip replacement?

There are many patient benefits with the direct superior approach.

  • Less muscle/tendon damage

  • No hip precautions after surgery

  • Procedure may be performed as an outpatient surgery or patient goes home next day

  • Lower dislocation rate

  • Minimal pain after surgery

  • Minimal pain medication required

  • Less blood loss (compared to traditional hip replacement)

  • Smaller surgical incision

  • Lower complication rates

  • Leg remains in a more natural position during surgery (less twisting of the extremity)

Learn More About the Direct Superior Approach

Our team at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute is excited to change patients’ lives with this approach. As a micro-invasive surgery with impressive outcomes, the direct superior approach will likely be the total hip replacement surgery of the future. For now, though, Hedley Orthopaedic Institute is the only practice in Phoenix to offer this type of surgery.

To learn more about the direct superior approach for hip replacement surgery, contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute at 602-553-3113.
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