Orthopedic doctors in Largo, Florida
When chronic joint pain stops you from living the life you want to lead, you can turn to the orthopedic specialists at Largo Medical Center.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons treat joint pain and orthopedic conditions using minimally invasive procedures. This means you experience less pain and a faster recovery, so you can quickly return to your active lifestyle.
To learn more about our orthopedic services or to receive a free physician referral, call our toll-free line at (888) 685-1594.
Joint replacement surgery
Chronic joint pain can be a result of injury, disorder or even the "wear and tear" that comes with age. To treat your joint pain conditions and issues, our elite orthopedic surgeons perform a range of joint replacement procedures:
- Hip replacement: may be recommended for those with damaged hip and bone cartilage, helps regain mobility
- Partial knee resurfacing & total knee replacement: may be recommended for those with cartilage damaged in one or more parts of their knee
- Shoulder replacements: may be recommended for those with worn-out, damaged shoulder joints
Florida Orthopedic Pavillion
At our Florida Orthopedic Pavillion, we aim to offer hotel-like amenities to our patients who are undergoing orthopedic surgeries, including same-day partial knee resurfacing procedures.
Once you are checked in, you and your family are given a comfortable private room to keep belongings and prep prior to surgery. While you are undergoing surgery, your family can dine, check the internet, play games or watch shows and movies, even grab a cappuccino.
After surgery, you and your family can go back to your room for recovery and discharge.
Meniscus transplant surgery
If you have damaged or torn knee cartilage, the meniscal allograft transplantation surgery can help. During meniscal allograft transplantation, our surgeons implant a new meniscus—a cartilage ring found in the knee— into your knee. Using controlled freezing of donor tissue, the new meniscus is harvested from a deceased donor.
This minimally invasive surgery can decrease knee pain and prevent any loss of mobility, which often results from osteoarthritis.
The meniscus transplantation is only performed when a tear is so severe that all—or nearly all—of the meniscus cartilage has to be removed.
If your doctor finds you are a good candidate for a meniscus transplant, diagnostic imaging tests (such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) of your knee are usually taken to find a meniscus that will fit your knee.
How a meniscal allograft transplant works
The meniscus transplantation is an outpatient procedure usually performed by knee arthroscopy with very small incisions. With arthroscopy, a camera is inserted into your knee and connected to a video monitor.
First, the surgeon will check the cartilage and ligaments of your knee. Then, the surgeon will confirm that a meniscus transplant is appropriate and that you don’t have severe arthritis of the knee.
The new meniscus will be prepared to fit your knee correctly. If any tissue remains from your old meniscus, it will be removed before the new meniscus is inserted.
Meniscal transplantation recovery
After the surgery, you will wear a knee brace for the first four weeks. You also may need crutches for three days to six weeks. Pain is usually managed with medications.
Typically, you should be able to return to work within one to four weeks and to activities and sports within one to six months.
Our comprehensive orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation programs help you regain mobility and skills following an injury, disorder, disease or surgery. Our licensed physical therapists and rehab specialists also focus on teaching ways you can adapt and compensate for abilities which may have permanently changed.
The length and types of rehab programs vary based on your condition. For instance, following a meniscal transplant surgery, therapy lasts for one to six months.
Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR)
Largo Medical Center participates in Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program, which promotes high quality, cost efficient, and better coordination of care for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery. Largo Medical Center is working closely with its physicians and post-acute care providers to improve quality and coordinate care from the initial hospitalization through recovery. The CJR program permits facilities to enter into financial gainsharing relationships with its collaborators to share in the success of the program.
The Hospital’s written policy for selecting CJR Collaborators is available for download here.
Largo Medical Center has entered into gainsharing arrangements with the following physician collaborators:
- Mohit Bansal
1988 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33765
- Philip Christ
13787 Belcher Road, #330, Largo, FL 33771
- John Harker
701 N. Hercules Avenue, #A, Clearwater, FL 33765
- Ronald Hayter
1831 N. Belcher Road, Suite E2, Clearwater, FL 33765
- Matthew Hutchison
1345 West Bay Drive, Suite 401, Largo, FL 33770
- Aaron Koslin
1345 West Bay Drive, Suite 401, Largo, FL 33770
- Stephen Wood
13211 Walsingham Road, Largo, FL 33774
- Mitchell Herrema
1011 Jeffords Street, Suite C, Clearwater, FL 33756