How do I know if I am suitable for this approach?
Minimally-invasive hip replacement is usually offered if you are under 50, in good health and have a healthy body mass index (BMI).
How is the direct superior approach performed?
Your orthopaedic surgeon will make a small incision along the superior aspect of your hip (on the outside of the hip over the buttock region). Using specialised instruments that allow adequate visualisation, the surgeon will place all the surgical components through this incision and perform the hip replacement.
What are the benefits of the direct superior approach?
- Less muscles and tissue damage
- Minimal blood loss
- Less pain
- Reduced risk of postoperative complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
Some minimally invasive surgery has resulted in the patient returning home within 23 hours of surgery.