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Hip Replacement

Patients in need of a total hip replacement have traveled from all over the country for the advanced surgical care available only at St. Luke’s Medical Center. The orthopaedic surgeons at our hospital are committed to providing cutting-edge options for patients who want something more than a traditional total hip replacement.

SuperPATHTM is one of the latest, most revolutionary micro invasive options for total hip replacement. Most patients who elect to undergo this procedure enjoy the following benefits (compared to traditional total hip replacement):

  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Decreased risk of hip dislocation
  • Fewer postoperative movement restrictions and precautions
  • More natural feeling hip

How It Works: SuperPATHTM Hip Replacement Surgery

In traditional hip replacement surgery, muscles and tendons are cut and the hip may be dislocated and twisted into an unnatural position to allow room for the implant. With SuperPATHTM, the surgeon is able to perform a full replacement with a single small incision (2-3 inches), leaving the tendons uncut, the joint in tact, and the hip in a natural position. Because the procedure is only a minor irritation to surrounding muscle and tissues, many patients walk the same day.

During the procedure, the surgeon builds the hip implant inside the body. Because the SuperPATHTM method is highly adaptable, the surgeon has the ability to convert to a standard hip replacement in just two minutes should there be any complications (though this is extremely rare)

Am I a candidate for SuperPATHTM?

Patients who suffer from one of the following diseases in the hips may be candidates for SuperPATHTM total hip replacement: osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dysplasia and avascular necrosis. The SuperPATHTM procedure may also be prescribed by an orthopaedic surgeon to correct a previous fusion or hip replacement. To learn more, call the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation at 602-251-8682.

SuperPATHTM Procedure Benefits

In addition to the benefits listed above, most patients who choose SuperPATHTM– instead of traditional surgery – notice the following differences:


Why choose St. Luke’s Medical Center for my SuperPATHTM hip replacement?

St. Luke’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Arizona where the SuperPATHTM procedure can be performed.  Furthermore, the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation has a partnership with one of only 10 surgeons in the world who performs the SuperPATHTM procedure. With more than 550 successful SuperPATHTM procedures to his credit, there’s no better procedure, surgeon, or location for a micro invasive total hip arthroplasty.

What is the SuperPATHTM recovery experience like?

Most patients are discharged in fewer than 24 hours and experience a full recovery in a matter of just a few weeks. Your surgeon and the Physical Therapy Department at St. Luke’s Medical Center (for local patients) will work with you to restore full mobility. Some patients may even experience more post-operative mobility than they’ve known in decades.

Is SuperPATHTM covered by my insurance plan?

SuperPATHTM is covered by most health insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider for more information, or view a list of health insurance plans accepted at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Direct Superior Approach

St. Luke’s Medical Center surgeons Drs. Hedley and Gough 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.

St. Luke’s Medical Center is the only facility in Phoenix, 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

Learn more about the Direct Superior Approach.

For more information about SuperPATHTM total hip replacement surgery, please call the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation at St. Luke’s Medical Center at 602-251-8682.


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