Other Hip Replacement Techniques

SuperPath® vs. Traditional Posterior and Anterior Approaches

Although the SuperPath® Hip technique and the anterior approach are both soft-tissue sparing techniques, a comparison of peer reviewed clinical data from the two approaches illuminates many key advantages of the SuperPath® technique:


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Every patient is different, and individual results will vary. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery.


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