United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 07 December, 2016: The rising incidence of diseases such as arthritis, hip bone infections and hip fractures has been a driving force for the rise of new and more durable technologies when it comes to total hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery plays a great role in improving mortality rates and quality of life for people over the age of 65. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), by 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310 per cent and 240 per cent in women, compared to rates in 1990. Hip fractures are linked to chronic pain, reduced movement and disability. According to IOF figures, about 20-25 per cent of hip fractures occur in men. The overall mortality is about 20 per cent in the first 12 months after hip fracture and is higher in men than women. Hip replacement has also played a great role in helping people who suffer from joint damage due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery has introduced a new and revolutionary surgical technique called SuperPath under the expert guidance of Dr. Samih Tarabichi, Medical Director, Burjeel Hospital and one of the region’s foremost orthopedic surgeons.
“This is the first time that we have introduced this exciting new innovation in the Middle East. This is an internationally recognized surgical procedure and it yields the best results in patients who have advanced arthritic hip disease. The conventional way of performing a total hip replacement surgery is through an incision on the outer side of the thigh. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon normally dissects the muscle and cut it from its insertion in to get access to the hip and implant the artificial hip.
“There are several drawbacks to this type of surgery. The incision is usually between 8-10 inches and therefore more invasive. The surgeon also cuts the hip capsule and excises it, which often makes the hip unstable. During the process, muscles are also dissected, which affects their composition and overall strength. Rehabilitation and recovery after this type of surgery takes longer because the muscles have to heal again and the body has to form a new hip capsule,” explained Dr. Tarabichi.
However, the Superpath technique is a great improvement on the way things have been done traditionally. “The advantage of the SuperPath is the fact that the surgery is done through a very small incision (2-3 inches) and it is much better than the standard way because of the new instrumentation used. The major advantage is the fact that the surgeon can perform the surgery without causing trauma to the muscles. While the muscles are retracted, the tendons and nerves are not cut, rendering the procedure to be less painful compared to conventional surgery. The capsule of the hip joint is also normal in size and repaired after surgery, giving the hip more stability. This aids post-operative recovery enabling the patient to recover movement more quickly,” said Dr. Tarabichi.
The instrumentation for the procedure was developed by Microport, an internationally recognized company that manufactures artificial joints, which are distributed throughout the world. The technique was developed in the US and the company is spreading the technology after clinical studies showing its efficacy and advantage to the patient. The instrumentation was recently imported to Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery due to the positive feedback to this technology across leading international hospitals.
“We are keen to constantly update our services and bring in the latest technology in joint surgery to Dubai. As the leading centre for joint replacements in the Middle East, we normally perform more than 1,000 total joints annually. More than 60 per cent of our patients come from outside the UAE and we are keen to establish a leadership in this field and maintain the highest standards possible. This revolutionary procedure is a noteworthy innovation in the area of total hip replacement as it is less painful, causes the body less trauma and takes shorter recovery time. We are very excited to make it available to our patients,” said Dr. Tarabichi.