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    SuperPATH hip replacement
    An_249453 posted:
    I had a hip replacement done by Dr. Chow in Phoenix. I am so happy I did. I was out of the hospital in less than 24 hours.. walking. Got home from the hospital, a 2 hour drive, got out of the car and walked with a walker to the end of the street and back. That was the last I used the walker. The next day I walked a mile with no pain! The following day I walked two miles which was over doing it and I had some muscle stress because those muscles hadn't been used very much in the last 3 years. But it felt so good to be walking and without pain I couldn't quit!!
    I had this operation the end of October and 6 weeks out its almost like I never had a total hip replacement operation, the pain is gone. Very little pain after the first day. Mostly just the unused muscles getting used again.
    I did do some physical therapy but it was more for the ultrasound that helps the wound heal. The incision is about 2 1/2 inches on my butt and is hardly visible now. My physical therapist is totally amazed at this operation and my recover, says he's never seen anything like it.
    I am 65 years old and have lived with the pain of the bone degeneration for several years, it is so wonderful to be pain free almost from the day of the operation. I also do yoga twice a week and arobics twice a week.
    I highly recommend this type of none invasive operation, no muscles cut, no hip dislocation, small incision, quick recovery.
    My sister had a lateral hip replacement 3 years ago and it took her months to recover and lots of physcial therapy as they cut so much muscle. She still has some nerve and muscle issues from it.
    I am trying to pass this information along to others as this is a new procedure (2008 and only 3 years here in Arizona) to try and save you some pain like my sister delt with.
    Maybe if people start asking about it other surgeons will get with the program and learn this procedure.
    There are now two here in Arizona Dr. Gough is the other surgeon performing it. Check it out before you commit to another procedure. They have a video of it at
    There are 10 surgeons world wide that perform this operation, 7 or 8 in the U.S.
    I not related to any of these guys, not recieving any compensation of any kind, just really excited about a medical procedure that worked! How wonderful is that??
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    arbob5 responded:
    It is absolutely amazing with the progress that has been made with hip replacement. I had my first one done 8 years ago, and my latest (July 16, 2012) was totally different. First one took almost 2 hours, this latest surgery was about 45 min., and as you said, small incision, but so much improved. Same Dr. did both surgeries and I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs this procedure. And as far as pain, just about non-existent. Only had Tylenol a couple of times. I was in the hospital for 2 days, but that was because my Dr insisted because I'm 74 years old and have some other medical issues. But I used a walker twice, a cane for about 3 days, and no assistance after that. Some physical therapy at my home for a couple of weeks (total of 7 sessions with the PT) and I still to this day continue with some of the exercises recommended to speed up complete recovery. I have to say that after 3 weeks, no one would believe I had this major procedure, and I was even questioning about "did I dream this or what". Wonderful experience as far as I'm concerned.

    At any rate, when I complimented him on what a great job he did, his comment was "I have a great team". A very humble and wonderful surgeon. The very best ever.
    rjrubin responded:
    What kind of operation was it. Was it Anterior or Posterior or is there some other procedure I haven't heard about?
    dmlajoie3 replied to rjrubin's response:
    It looks like this doctor (CHOW) uses a "SUPERPATH" technique, which is neither posterior nor anterior..... ?

    I'm 6 months out from a total hip replacement and starting to do my own research on the topic. After speaking with friends who have had THA surgery.... i'm leaning towards seeking a doctor that performs an ANTERIOR approach, as opposed to my current doctor who uses POSTERIOR approach.

    Does anyone have any more information on SUPERPATH? I can only find a website with little useful information......



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