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Orthopedic care

Orthopedic doctors, called orthopedists, take care of bones and joints. This includes knee pain, total joint replacement, issues that impact your spine and more. You might need to see an orthopedist if you have arthritis or osteoporosis, or if you've had a recent sprain, strain or broken bone.

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Orthopedic specialists in Largo, Florida

When chronic joint pain stops you from living the life you want to lead, you need an experienced team of orthopedic specialists on your side.

At HCA Florida Largo Hospital, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are committed to providing you with a high level of care. We offer advanced treatment methods, including minimally invasive surgery. This means when surgery is necessary, we can often use techniques that offer you less postoperative pain and a faster recovery, so you can get back to the activities you love.

Joint pain assessment

If you are experiencing joint pain, we've created a free assessment tool that gives you insight into how to better manage your symptoms. It will also help you determine the best next steps for seeking treatment.

If you are experiencing joint pain, we've created a free assessment tool that gives you insight into how to better manage your symptoms. It will also help you determine the best next steps for seeking treatment.

Orthopedic conditions we treat

Our orthopedic doctors specialize in treating:

  • Fracture(s)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spine conditions

Advanced orthopedic treatment options

We are proud to offer leading-edge surgical treatment options for patients experiencing joint pain and other orthopedic conditions. Some procedures we commonly perform include:

Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery involves placing a metal or plastic covering over the bone ends where cartilage has worn away. This special covering acts as renewed cartilage and helps relieve pain from movement and physical activity.

We provide the following hip replacement procedures:

Total hip replacement

This procedure involves replacing the joint's cartilage and bone with implants.

Anterior hip replacement

This procedure is less invasive and offers a faster recovery time than traditional surgery. It requires a smaller incision and allows surgeons to work in between muscles and tissue without disturbance.

Knee replacement surgery

In their early stages, conditions that affect the knees can often be treated with medicines, injections and other nonsurgical treatments. However, when those treatment methods are no longer effective, your joint specialist may recommend a knee replacement procedure.

We offer the following knee surgeries:

Partial knee resurfacing (PKR)

PKR is an outpatient procedure designed to treat arthritis in the knee. Your doctor may recommend PKR if you have arthritis in only one compartment of the knee. Instead of replacing the entire knee, PKR replaces only the side of the knee damaged by arthritis.

After the procedure, you may even be able to walk the same day. PKR benefits include:

  • Faster recovery (back to activities in four to six weeks)
  • Less postoperative pain
  • No suture removal
Total knee resurfacing

When the cartilage is damaged in more than one component of the knee, the entire knee joint can be resurfaced with metal and plastic. This prevents bone from rubbing on bone and, as a result, helps restore joint function and relieve pain. After total knee resurfacing, you can generally expect to return to normal activities within eight to 12 weeks.

Meniscal transplant surgery

The meniscal transplant surgery is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure that helps repair damaged or torn knee cartilage. During the procedure, our surgeons implant a new meniscus (a cartilage ring found in the knee), which is derived from a deceased donor.

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 you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will perform diagnostic imaging tests and use the results to find a meniscus that will fit your knee.

Features of our orthopedic program

We are committed to providing you with a high level of care in an environment that puts your healing and recovery first. From surgery preparation to rehabilitation, our team will be there for you every step of the way. 

Florida Orthopedic Pavilion

At our Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, we offer hotel-like amenities to our patients who are undergoing orthopedic surgery. 

Once you are checked in, you and your family will be given a private room to keep your belongings and prepare for your surgery. While you are undergoing surgery, your family can dine, play games, watch shows and movies or grab a cappuccino.

After surgery, you and your family can go back to your room for recovery and discharge.


Orthopedic rehabilitation

The physical therapy and rehabilitation program at our hospital is designed to help you regain mobility and skills following an injury or surgery or to help treat a condition. Our licensed physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists also focus on teaching ways you can adapt and compensate for abilities which may have permanently changed. We will take time to assess your needs and create a rehabilitation plan for you.


Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR)

We participate 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. We work 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.

View our written policy for selecting CJR Collaborators.


Physician collaborators

We have entered into gainsharing arrangements with the following physician collaborators:

Current 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 Ave., #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
Historical physician collaborators:
  • Mitchell Herrema
    1011 Jeffords St., Suite C, Clearwater, FL 33756

Orthopedic surgery pre-op education 2018

If you are getting ready to have orthopedic surgery at Largo Hospital, you should watch this webinar.
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