Tampa General Hospital Is a Nationally Recognized Leader in Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery

Chronic knee pain can make even a short walk a marathon of misery. If simple tasks such as climbing a flight of stairs or strolling to the mailbox and back have become a challenge, and your level of discomfort is increasing despite non-surgical treatment options, knee surgery may be necessary to improve joint functionality and provide long-term pain relief. You may even be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure.


Tampa General Hospital offers the area’s most sophisticated and innovative minimally invasive care for knee conditions that are the result of deterioration, deformities, and traumatic injuries. What makes our program so exceptional? It’s our:

  • Extensive experience – Our surgeons performed more than 600 knee replacement procedures in 2018. This high volume increases their expertise and allows them to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment and care. 
  • Advanced surgical technology – Specialized instruments and techniques allow surgeons to remove damaged knee cartilage, bone, and soft tissue with smaller incisions than traditional knee replacement. Once damaged knee surfaces are removed, an artificial joint known as a prosthesis is fitted to the thigh bone, knee cap, and shin, stabilizing the knee and increasing patient mobility.
  • Shorter recovery times – Because minimally invasive surgery disturbs less muscle and tissue, recovery time is often shorter and less painful than traditional knee replacement. However, the extent of surgery and the associated recovery time varies with each patient, and not all are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Fellowship-trained surgeons – By working with and learning from nationally recognized leaders in the field, our orthopaedic surgeons receive advanced training that allows them to enhance their skills in their chosen specialty. 

In addition, the orthopaedic program at TGH is consistently recognized for excellence in the field of reconstructive knee surgery. U.S. News & World Report named TGH one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopaedic Surgery for 2022-23. Additionally, we received recognition as a High-Performing Hospital for Knee Replacement. We have also received program-specific national certifications from The Joint Commission, which is a testament to our high standard of care.


Our ‘mini-incision’ knee replacement surgeries are performed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and facilitated by innovative medical technologies, such as MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing procedures to minimize incisions and scarring, and the RIO™ Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic system that helps ensure optimal implant positioning. This leading-edge approach to knee replacement helps our patients experience streamlined recoveries and encourages a more natural knee motion once the joint has healed. Our surgeons also perform minimally invasive joint replacement revision surgeries for patients whose prostheses have broken or worn out.   

If you’ve been considering knee replacement surgery and would like to discuss possible knee pain treatment options with a Tampa General Hospital orthopaedic surgeon, call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) or use our online Physician Finder to receive a referral to our orthopaedic program.