A new type of hip surgery

In recent years, hip replacement surgery has quietly entered a new era. The concept of tissue-sparing or minimally "invasive” surgery has been applied to hip replacement. It is important to understand that true tissue-sparing surgery does not only mean a shorter skin incision, but also sparing critical muscles and tendons surrounding the hip. It is the sparing of this underlying soft-tissue which allows patients to get

back on their feet within days (possibly hours) instead of weeks or months. A number of patients who have undergone this procedure are able to walk unassisted the day after surgery, and leave the hospital without the typical restrictions (such as crossing their legs) associated with total hip replacement.1

Tissue sparing techniques

Tissue-preserving or tissue-sparing techniques, if appropriate for your condition, can often help patients return to their active lifestyle sooner. Compared to a traditional total hip replacement approach, tissue-preserving techniques feature a much smaller incision, thus preserving vital muscle and tendon groups. The goal of this technique is to offer patients these benefits, resulting in decreased recovery time:

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced functional tissue damage
  • Reduced blood loss
fast recovery hip approaches

Full function, faster®

Utilizing MicroPort Orthopedics tissue sparing hip approaches, a significantly smaller incision can reduce blood loss during surgery and muscle tissue damage and help patients achieve a more speedy recovery. Recovery times following tissue-preserving surgery can now be measured in days/weeks as compared to weeks/months with traditional hip surgery. Tissue-preserving techniques are designed to help total joint recipients get back to a normal life more quickly.2


What is minimally invasive hip replacement?

Many patients and physicians choose this procedure because it can offer many benefits as compared to traditional surgery.

Why surgeons choose SuperPath®

“My patients are sometimes on their feet within 3 to 4 hours after surgery. The doctors who refer them are amazed, and so are the physical therapists.”

– Jimmy Chow, MD, Phoenix, AZ

Anterior Hip Approach

Anterior Path Hip Approach®

The Anterior Path® Hip Approach is an extension of the Direct Anterior Approach. The novel approach utilizes a tube, or portal, to gain direct access to the hip socket, offering a surgeon direct visualization and preparation.

Patient resources

Five Things to Ask Your Hip Surgeon

Five things to ask your hip surgeon

Hip Replacement FAQ

Hip replacement FAQ


Every patient is different, and individual results will vary. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery. Consult your doctor to determine if joint replacement surgery is right for you.

Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery. Please click here to read about risks associated with surgery. Only a physician can tell you if this product and associated procedure are right for you and your unique circumstances. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding benefits, risks and possible outcomes.

These surgeons are paid consultants for MicroPort Orthopedics. The opinions expressed are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MicroPort Orthopedics Inc.

  • References
    1. J Chow. “Modified Micro-Superior Percutaneously-Assisted Total Hip: Early Experiences & Case Reports.” Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine (2011) 4:146–155.
    2. Gofton, W; Chow, J; Olson, KD; Fitch, DA. Thirty-day readmission rate and discharge status following hip arthroplasty using supercapsular percutaneously-assisted total hip surgical technique. Int Orthop. 2015; 39:847-851