What is direct superior approach hip replacement?
The direct superior approach is the most advanced form of hip replacement surgery. It is performed through a single small incision using state-of-the-art technology without damaging the surrounding hip muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Why is the direct superior approach hip replacement called a muscle-sparing procedure?
This innovative approach to hip replacement was developed so that your surgeon can avoid cutting important muscle groups such as the iliotibial band and the external rotators which are essential in performing activities of daily living such as walking or bending.
How is the direct superior approach hip replacement surgery performed?
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision along the superior aspect of your hip. Using specialized instruments that allow adequate visualization, the surgeon will place all the surgical components through this incision and perform the hip replacement.
What are the key benefits for the patient using the direct superior approach hip replacement surgery?
Key Benefits for the Patient using the Direct Superior Approach:
- Just One Small Incision: There will be no requirement for any sutures or staples following surgery.
- Less Muscle or Tissue Damage: There is less leg manipulation which means the natural alignment of the hip is preserved and there is minimal injury to surrounding tissue.
- Minimal Blood Loss: As compared to traditional open hip replacement surgery, the blood loss during the direct superior approach is quite less.
- Less Pain: Most patients have less discomfort following surgery and require fewer pain medications during the postsurgical period.
- Fewer Postoperative Complications: The direct superior approach allows for precise placement of the hip implant resulting in a long-lasting hip replacement with a decreased risk of hip dislocation following surgery.
- Return Home the Very Next Day: Due to the minimally invasive and muscle-sparring approach of the surgery, most patients can expect to go home the following day and some may even be allowed to return home on the same day as the surgery.