As someone with a debilitating hip condition, you may have lots of questions about which surgical procedure would most effectively improve your quality of life. Tampa General Hospital hopes to put your mind at ease. Let’s start by considering the different kinds of hip replacement surgeries.


Minimally invasive hip replacement may be a suitable alternative to traditional hip replacement for some patients. One of the most commonly performed orthopaedic procedures, traditional hip replacement involves the removal of a damaged hip joint followed by the placement of a prosthesis, or an artificial joint, to increase mobility and reduce joint pain. Depending on the extent of your joint damage and other factors, such as your age and health, you may be considered a candidate for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. While traditional hip replacements can require a 6- to 8-inch incision on the side of the hip, minimally invasive procedures involve specialized instruments and techniques that allow surgeons to replace a hip joint through one or two smaller incisions, disturbing less of the surrounding muscle and tissue. Recovery periods are generally shorter and less painful with a minimally invasive approach.


The board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons practicing in Tampa General Hospital’s Joint Center have completed in-depth training in the orthopaedics specialty and perform a high volume of joint replacement procedures, including minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Our orthopaedics program offers several advantages to patients:

  • We utilize MAKO® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for muscle-sparing surgical techniques that allow patients to experience improved hip function and resume everyday activities as soon as possible.
  • We perform joint replacement revision surgeries to decrease pain and improve range of motion, giving patients added years of good joint function.
  • Our joint center features a designated physical therapy space conveniently located in the unit to help streamline the recovery process for orthopaedic patients who meet specific criteria.
  • We adhere to a high standard of care, as evidenced by TGH’s recognition as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopaedics and as a High Performing Hospital for Hip Replacement by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24. Additionally, our hip, knee, and shoulder replacement programs have earned program-specific certification from The Joint Commission, an honor reserved for medical centers dedicated to excellence in research, patient education, and overall patient care.

If you are considering traditional or minimally invasive hip replacement surgery and would like to discuss your options with an orthopaedic surgeon at Tampa General Hospital, then use our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) to receive a referral to our orthopaedics program.