In the last decade a new technique, called SuperPATH, has been developed in the US.
Dr Sol Qurashi was the first SuperPATH trained surgeon who pioneered this technique in Australia.
SuperPATH is a very innovative development in hip replacement surgery that allows us to perform hip replacements in a manner which encourages quicker functional recovery and eliminates many of the limitations often placed on patients after hip replacement surgery. These includes the common ‘hip precautions’. This is because of the unparalleled preservation of the hip ligaments and minimal muscle sacrifice making SuperPATH the least invasive and most preserving method when considering the soft tissue envelope around the joint
SuperPATH utilises an incision typically about 3 inches long. Both the anterior ligament at the front and posterior ligament, at the back of the hip joint, along with the short external rotators and ITB are maximally preserved.
The hip is replaced without surgically dislocating the joint. This allows us to “build” the hip replacement ‘in situ’ with minimal relative disturbance to the soft tissue envelope like building a ship in a bottle without disrupting the bottle.
The heavy emphasis of this technique’s philosophy on ‘preservation’ has some major benefits:
- Quick functional recovery
- Patients often walking within a few hours of the surgery.
- Return to functional activities within days to weeks.
- Reduced limitations, particularly in the short term after surgery
- Inherent stability making the usual ‘hip precautions’, often associated with other techniques, not necessary.
- Pain profile
- Anecdotally, patients experience less pain and their pain medication requirements are significantly reduced.
- Low Complication Profile and Results
- SuperPATH has shown to be a safe and reproducible technique in the right hands. Initial results show excellent patient satisfaction and a very low complication rate. Long term result are unlikely to be much different across techniques as they are a function of implants, not technique. SuperPATH is not specific to one implant and a variety of implants can be used with this technique.
For further information on SuperPATH please contact 1300 364 061
Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
This is a procedure specifically reserved for patients that have Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) or sizable and unstable tears in the acetabular labrum in the absence of significant arthritis and have not responded to simpler non-surgical methods. Whilst, if done for the appropriate indication, it can be very successful at improving symptoms, its long term benefit is unclear.