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.

MicroPort Orthopedics has a number of proprietary surgical hip techniques aimed to preserve tissue and promote rapid recovery. The surgical approaches SuperPath®, SuperCap®, and PATH® are the result of years of hard work from multiple inspired surgeons and engineers combining their experiences, ideas, designs, and intellectual property.

For these surgical techniques as well as Direct Anterior and Anterolateral approaches, MicroPort Orthopedics offers a complete portfolio of instrumentation and implants that can accommodate each technique and every surgeon's needs in order to deliver optimal results for the patient.

Tissue Sparing Surgical Approaches

Anterior Path® Hip Approach

Anterior Path® is an anterior, portal-assisted approach for hip replacement that utilizes a cannula to gain direct access to the acetabulum.

SuperPath® hip approach

SuperPath® is a portal assisted THA approach that accesses the capsule superiorly without requiring the cutting of any muscles or tendons.

SuperCap® hip approach

The SuperCap® approach is designed to access the capsule superiorly while preserving soft tissue during the approach.

Anterolateral hip approach

MicroPort Orthopedics offers a instrumentation package for use with the Anterolateral (Watson-Jones) hip approach.

Path® hip approach

The PATH® technique spares key muscles, tendons and soft tissue to optimize THA outcomes and allow for faster patient recovery than traditional approaches.

SuperPath® Tissue Sparing Hip Approach

When compared to national averages, patients treated with the SuperPath® hip technique have stayed in the hospital for a shorter amount of time, been discharged directly to their home more often, and are less likely to return within 30 days for any reason1


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

Not all products and options are available in all countries.

  • References

    1. Gofton, W; Chow, J; Olsen, 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.