THE NEW ‘PATH’ OF HIP ARTHROPLASTY, THE ‘SUPER PATH’
Osteoarthritis of the hip is one of the most common pathologies of middle age and elderly patients causing ambulation problems and severe pain that not responding to medications. At Athens Medical Center in Greece, our surgical team perform the innovational surgical approach of hip reconstruction, PATH (Posterior Assisted Transcutaneal Hip) and we move a step forward to a new ‘PATH’, the Super-PATH approach of hip arthroplasty.
During the ‘Super PATH’ procedure we are able to proceed into a total hip arthroplasty, arriving to the hip joint without damaging and preserving the soft tissues, muscles and capsule of the hip joint. The approach preserve hip proprioception offering postoperative stability and better function of the hip. The complications as dislocation of the arthroplasty is reduced and eliminated. There is no need of postoperative blood transfusion. The patient remains in the hospital one/two days and fast track protocols are applied for early return to home.
This minimal surgical approach (Super-PATH) is a tissue join preserving approach, providing the optimal postoperative hip function. The patient may return immediately to everyday and even to high impact sport activities.