SuperPath® total hip replacement


Learn the SuperPath® total hip replacement surgical technique with step by step instructions on OrthOracle. Our e-learning platform contains high resolution images and a certified CME of the SuperPath® total hip replacement surgical procedure.

The SuperPath® approach for total hip replacement is a muscle sparing approach based on 2 previous techniques, PATH® and SuperCap®. The name SuperPath® is an abbreviation of the anatomical basis of the approach: SupraCapsular Percutaneous Assisted Total Hip. Although it is classed in the family of Superior approaches to the hip, on closer inspection, the approach is the top end of a standard ‘Posterior’ approach using the interval between Piriformis at the back and Gluteus Minimus at the front. Its main benefits are of complete muscle and tendon sparing in its purest form, whilst having the extensibility of the posterior approach at any point during the procedure. This allows both a safe learning curve and a wider range of indications compared to other ‘Muscle sparing approaches’.

It has been proven that patients have less post operative pain and a shorter length of stay with the technique. (reference 1 and 2) Early functional goals are reached faster including, time to coming off crutches, return to driving and return to work. (reference 3)

The technique is based around a set of modified instruments that allow direct access to the femur from above and direct access to the acetabulum through a specially designed portal. The use of the portal allows more soft tissue preservation than other superior approaches that rely on offset reamers to access the socket. The instruments come in 2 simple trays that are easy for nursing staff to follow and no additional table attachments are required.

Author: Mr Michael Cronin BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Institution : Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK.

  • Each operation and the questions associated become a named course in the CPD section
  • The operative technique itself is read as a lesson as is any company implant information if this is being assessed.
  • You’ll need to tick the box to confirm this has been done and can do this immediately if you have already read the op tech.
  • The vast majority of operations have a 10-15 MCQ quiz covering all aspects of the decision making and the technique
  • There are four possible answers of which one is correct (or on occasion more correct) than the others.
  • There are additional quiz modules on the surgical steps, the implants and problem cases being added continually
  • The course is completed once all the lessons are read and quizzes submitted and passed.
  • On successful completion of each quiz you will receive validated CPD points that add to the certificate in your CPD folder.
  • Your dashboard also will contain a record of the time you have spent logged onto and using the site.
  • The timer suspends after 5 minutes though if there is no activity.
  • When you restart you will resume at the same point in the module.
  • Once you have completed each quiz you will need to feedback on the module first then click “submit” and your paper will be marked.
    The pass mark is 75%.
  • If you fall below this level you will be directed back to re-read the slides where you’ve tripped up.
  • Once these have been read you can re-do just the questions you failed on.
  • Once you have passed the quiz you can return at a future stage & resit .

CPD Points:

  • Operation Quiz – 1 CPD point
  • Surgical steps Quiz – 1/4 CPD point
  • Implants Quiz – 1/4 CPD point
  • Problem case Quiz – 1/2 CPD point

One CPD point equates to one hour of academic activity


Welcome to the Professional Development question section. The objective of taking these tests is to demonstrate that you have understood all aspects of the assessment and management of patients requiring surgical intevention. On successful completion you will receive a certificate accredited by both the Royal College of Surgeons of both England and Edinburgh as well as the British Orthopaedic Association.

Our content is designed for both Surgeons in independent practice and Surgeons in training.


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