SuperPATH Total Hip Replacement

Introducing SuperPath
SuperPATH Total Hip Replacement

SuperPATH, the Direct Superior Percutaneously-Assisted Total Hip replacement, is a popular member of the family of total hip replacement techniques known as "micro-superior approaches" or "ITB-sparing approaches".  Other such techniques include the PATH, Supercap & Direct Superior Approaches, all of which display excellent clinical results.  The inception of this family of approaches dates back to 2003.  SuperPATH is an evolutionary result of our past 14 years of clinical experience.  To date, it is the only style of hip replacement to receive FDA clearance for the technique itself.

SuperPATH is a micro-invasive method of performing a standard total hip arthroplasty where your surgeon utilizes a smaller initial incision and, more importantly, a very limited dissection in the deep tissues. This technique avoids cutting any muscles or tendons and thereby not having to repair them during surgery and wait for them to heal for an extended period postoperatively. This technique performed by cutting through the superior part of the capsule only. It has also been referred to as the "northern approach" or "northern exposure".

SuperPATH is performed while the hip remains in a natural rested position during the surgical procedure. By contrast, traditional techniques require twisting and contorting the lower extremity in order to dislocate the hip joint to perform the surgery, with the possibility of complications such as increased postoperative soreness, all the way to intraoperative fractures of the femur requiring more extensive surgery.

The SuperPATH combines cutting-edge technology and advanced surgical techniques to encourage soft tissue preservation and enable patient to shorten their recovery to weeks, rather than months as in traditional approaches.

Potential advantages of SuperPATH include:

  • A safer operation, with lower reported complication rates than other techniques, especially alternative minimally-invasive techniques
  • More consistent & accurate implant positioning
  • Lower reported post-operative pain
  • Minimal blood loss during surgery
  • Minimal scars
  • No motion limitations
  • Short recovery time
  • Reduced dislocation risk
  • A more natural feeling hip

Dr. Sol Qurashi is one of many international surgeons who have visited us to learn this technique. His video provides an excellent overview.

Information about the origins of this hybrid approach can be found at:

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Total Hip Replacement Arizona

6 Days After Superpath Left Hip Replacement

SuperPATH Interview 1 (1 week post-op) – Medical tourism

SuperPATH Interview 2 (2 weeks post-op)

This video is mislabeled. This patient was doing so well, he mis-spoke during his interview. This interview, including the golfing, occurred at 2 weeks post-op, not 3 weeks post-op

SuperPATH Interview 3 (3 weeks post-op) – Bilateral hip disease

SuperPATH technique

Related Links

Credibility Links

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • University of Illinois at Chicago