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Micro-Invasive Surgical Hip Replacement Options

The Hedley Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer Micro-Invasive Surgical Hip Replacement Options, SuperPATH and the Direct Superior Surgical Approach. Read on to find out more infromation about each micro-invasive option.

The Direct Superior Approach

Hedley Orthopaedic Institute surgeons, Drs. Hedley, Gough and McWhorter are using a new state-of-the-art device that promotes a faster recovery time allowing the patient to get back to the activities they enjoy quicker.

Hedley Orthopaedic Institute is the only facility in Arizona to offer the Direct Superior Approach, a Micro-invasive surgical procedure that uses one small incision for adequate visualization and proper placement of components. This enables a surgeon to implant a total hip replacement without damaging any of the patient’s muscles and tendons, or forcing the patient’s leg into an abnormal position during surgery.

Patients will benefit from:

  • Less muscle damage
  • No hip precautions after surgery
  • Potential for outpatient hip replacement or home by the next day
  • Lower dislocation damage
  • Minimal pain after surgery
  • Minimal pain medication required
  • Low blood loss to the patient
  • Smaller surgical incision
  • Lower complication rates
  • More natural positioning of the leg during surgery with less twisting of the extremity involved

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Hedley, Gough or McWhorter, please contact us or schedule an appointment online

SuperPATH

The Hedley Orthopaedic Institute offers SuperPATH, or Supercapsular Percutaneously-Assisted Total Hip (also known as the “northern“ approach or “northern exposure“), a revolutionary micro-invasive surgical procedure that enables a surgeon to admicroster a total hip replacement without damaging any of the patient’s muscles and tendons, or dislocating a patient’s hip during surgery. Unlike traditional hip replacement, the SuperPATH approach builds the tools and implants in-situ (inside the body), so the hip is never twisted into unnatural positions during surgery — a common element to other hip surgery techniques.

SuperPATH incorporates an incision above the hip. Taking this “northern“ route to the hip maximizes stability and helps promote the patient’s rapid recovery. Unlike many other micromally-invasive techniques, this innovative procedure is completely adjustable and can be customized for each patient’s needs. SuperPATH enables surgeons to take into account each patient’s unique anatomy, select the most appropriate implant and selectively release individual muscles during surgery, only if necessary.

Combining cutting-edge technology with advanced surgical techniques, this innovative procedure promotes soft tissue preservation and speeds recovery time — to a matter of weeks in most cases, versus months for a traditional approach. Patients may also benefit from:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Less scarring
  • Minimal postoperative precautions or movement restrictions
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Decreased hip dislocation risks
  • More natural feeling hip
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Less scarring
  • Minimal postoperative precautions or movement restrictions
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Decreased hip dislocation risks
  • More natural feeling hip

Superpath Table

Dr. Jimmy Chow, a fellowship-trained hip and knee replacement surgeon at the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, is one of only 10 surgeons in the world — and the only surgeon in Arizona — to routinely perform the SuperPATH tissue-preserving hip replacement surgery procedure. Dr. Chow has been heavily involved in the overall development of the SuperPATH procedure, which combines two tissue-sparing techniques, PATH created by Dr. Brad Penenberg and SUPERCAP created by Dr. Stephen Murphy, each with more than 8 years of clinical success in micromally invasive total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Chow has successfully performed more than 1,000 SuperPATH procedures, and is helping to train other physicians on this new hybrid micro-superior technique. He has published his experiences using this technique, and continues to present his findings internationally. Also, the SuperPATH procedure can only be performed at St. Luke’s Medical Center, the affiliate hospital of the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute.

SuperPATH News

Dr. Chow discusses the benefits of the SuperPATH hip replacement procedure on Health2Fit.com

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chow at the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, please contact us

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