Total Hip Replacement Now Not as Invasive Using Groundbreaking SUPERPATH™ Hip Replacement Procedure from Bethesda Orthopedic Institute

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SUPERPATH™ Hip Replacement Allows for Faster Recovery, Less Pain and a Return to Daily Activities without Restrictions

SuperPath Hip Replacement
“The hospital staff were awesome,” said Caldwell. “You can really tell everyone takes pride in what they do. I would definitely recommend Bethesda Orthopedics.”

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Hip pain can disturb one’s quality of life making it difficult to enjoy an active lifestyle. Patients contemplating hip replacement surgery now have a new procedure to consider. The Bethesda Orthopedic Institute is proud to offer the new SUPERPATH™ Hip Replacement procedure.

With this new total hip technique, the implant is built inside the body and there is no surgical dislocation of the hip. The surgeon avoids cutting the tendons and muscles around the hip leaving the patient with less pain and less trauma. Due to this muscle-sparing approach, patients typically have a shorter hospital stay and a number of patients walk the same day as their surgery.

When Angela Caldwell needed a hip replacement, a co-worker recommended orthopedic surgeon, Elvis Grandic, M.D. After spending two years in pain and seeing several specialists, Caldwell was finally diagnosed with hip arthritis.

"I originally thought it was a spine issue," she recalled. "Finally, I had two different doctors confirm that it was my hip." Dr. Grandic told Caldwell about a new micro-invasive hybrid procedure called SUPERPATH™. Heavily involved in the development of this new superior approach during his Fellowship-training, he is one of only a few surgeons in the world, and the only one in Florida, to routinely perform this tissue-preserving procedure.

"The biggest advantage is there is no cutting of muscle or tendon, and no dislocation of the hip joint during the procedure," explains Dr. Grandic. "The prosthesis is assembled inside the body, like a ship in a bottle."

Unique benefits of SUPERPATH™ include the ability of the surgeon to customize the procedure to each patient’s anatomy, select the most appropriate implant and preserve individual muscles. It requires a small incision above the hip, and eliminates the need to twist the hip into unnatural positions - a common element in all other hip techniques. This maximizes stability and promotes a rapid recovery.

After her surgery at the Bethesda Orthopedic Institute, Angela Caldwell immediately felt better. The day after the procedure, she was walking and practicing on the steps in the Orthopedic Institute’s rehabilitation gym. One the second day, she was able to go home.

"The hospital staff were awesome," said Caldwell. "You can really tell everyone takes pride in what they do. I would definitely recommend Bethesda."

The SUPERPATH™ hip replacement allows for implantation of the total hip components under direct vision through a single incision. The technique permits recovery that is as rapid as a mini-posterior approach. This results in very rapid recovery with no restrictions. The advantages are: shorter recovery times, no activity limitations, less pain, decreased dislocation, less scarring, and a more natural feeling hip.

While there are many ways to access the hip joint to perform a total hip replacement, this method is one of the safest and most efficient ways to preserve and protect all the important structures around the hip joint and to facilitate both early recovery and long-term function.

About Bethesda Orthopedic Institute
The Bethesda Orthopedic Institute is a comprehensive musculoskeletal care facility for patients in need of orthopedic procedures. The Institute provides access to leading edge orthopedic care, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. Located on the 4th floor of Bethesda Hospital East, this institute offers a specialty trained orthopedic nursing and rehabilitation staff; 24 all private patient rooms; a state-of-the-art-rehabilitation gym and a private dining room for patients.

Those wishing to learn more about Bethesda Orthopedics and SUPERPATH™ may visit: http://www.bethesdaorthopaedics.org/SuperPath-Hip-Replacement

For more information, contact:

Lisa Kronhaus, Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Kiswana Russell, Public Relations E-Health Specialist
(561) 737-7733, ext. 84405

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