Superior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
The SuperPATH® technique was developed in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Murphy at New England Baptist Hospital and results in less injury to the patient. Traditional hip replacements require hip dislocation and larger incisions, causing further injury to the joint capsule and muscles, which leads to a longer recovery with extra precautions. Although the SuperPATH® approach is not easier for the surgeon to perform, it is considerably easier for the patient, as it does not require the hip to be dislocated which allows for a faster recovery.
The iFuse SI joint surgery also offers a quick recovery with less pain. This procedure involves only a 2-inch incision and three titanium implants, compared to a typical SI joint fusion surgery, which includes a combination of removing cartilage, bone grafting, screws and more.
Although hip pain may commonly be caused by arthritis, it can also be a sign of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or sacroiliitis, which can often be resolved with SI joint injections. With similar symptoms, such as groin and thigh pain, it’s easy for the diagnosis to be missed, leaving patients in chronic pain, even after back or hip surgery.
When treating patients, rather than immediately opting for surgery, Dr. Ameglio will first offer non-invasive options. If physical therapy, chiropractic, or other non-invasive treatments won’t provide relief, injections are considered next. In some cases, surgery may be required to relieve chronic pain, however it is always the last resort.
Dr. Ameglio will always go above and beyond when it comes to treating a patient. He is dedicated to finding a resolution to their pain and appreciates the opportunity to improve their quality of life.