Overview

Overview

The team of physicians and surgeons in Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Section of Hip & Knee Surgery is recognized as being among the best in the world for treating hip and knee injuries and disorders. They specialize in primary, complex and revision joint replacements, minimally invasive partial joint replacements, hip resurfacing and advanced arthroscopic techniques. The multidisciplinary team provides all the experts you need under one roof, including orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physical therapists and musculoskeletal radiologists.

Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of only a few hospitals in the region to offer minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement surgery, an advanced procedure involving no muscle cutting. The procedure spares any invasion into large muscle or tendon groups around the hip and is usually done through a smaller incision, resulting in a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, less pain, and less need for pain medications.

Appointments

To make an appointment with a physician who specializes in treating hip or knee conditions, please call 877.463.2010.

Hip & Knee Pain

Hip & Knee Pain

The pain experienced as a result of hip and knee injuries can vary from infected joint replacements to severe bone deficiencies. Our surgeons utilize the most innovative joint replacement methods. Cleveland Clinic Florida orthopaedic surgeons perform thousands of hip and knee procedures each year with successful outcomes for our patients. Our surgical team specializes in primary, complex and revision joint replacements, minimally invasive partial joint replacements, hip resurfacing and advanced arthroscopic techniques.

Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of the only hospitals in the region to offer minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement surgery, an advanced procedure involving no muscle cutting. The procedure spares any invasion into the large muscle or tendon groups around the hip and is usually done through a smaller incision.

Minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement surgery typically provides the following benefits:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Less pain and need for pain medications
  • Less risk of dislocation and no need for postoperative restrictions in motion
  • Use of assistive devices (walkers or canes) for shorter times (typically 7-10 days only)
Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery

Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery

Robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery is used for specific knee and hip replacements at Cleveland Clinic locations throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Cleveland Clinic’s orthopaedic surgery team understands that each patient is unique and so is their diagnosis. The surgeons’ primary goal is providing the highest level of care, robotic assistance enhances the team’s ability to provide complete surgical treatment options for patients.

What is robotic joint replacement?
The robotic-arm assisted replacement is the latest technology that is transforming the way knee and hip replacements are being performed. It provides each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

Who should get this surgery?
Robotic joint replacement surgery is intended for use in individuals with joint disease and related persistent knee or hip pain resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid or post-traumatic arthritis who have not had success with non-surgical treatment.

What are the advantages of the robotic-assisted technology?

  • The robot operates with an unparalleled level of accuracy and precision
  • The surgeon can create a surgical plan that takes into account the unique anatomy of the patient, making it easier for the surgeon to choose the correct implant size and placement
  • Surgeons can do a virtual run-through prior to the actual surgery and adjust the surgicalplan if needed to better execute the removal of the bone during surgery.

Does the robot actually perform the surgery?
The robot doesn’t perform the surgery, nor can it make decisions or move on its own without the guidance of an orthopaedic surgeon.

Will the incision be smaller/shorter using this technology?
The incision is the same size as with traditional surgery. There may also be a second one-inch long incision in which a temporary tracking device will be placed.

What happens if the robot (computer) “crashes” during the procedure?
The surgeon proceeds without the use of the robot, and the surgery becomes a manual/traditional procedure.

What is the typical hospital stay and rehabilitation timeline following robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery?
Most patients can expect to spend just one night in the hospital following surgery. Select patients who are healthy enough can go home the same day. Most hip replacement patients are back to normal activity within three to four weeks, and most knee replacement patients are back to normal activity within six to eight weeks.

Is there an additional cost to utilize the robotic-assisted technology?
Every case and individual is different. Please consult your insurance company regarding coverage questions.

Where is this surgery performed?
Patients can be evaluated by their Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon at a Cleveland Clinic in Florida facility for pre- and post-operative care.

For more information, please call 954.659.5430.

What We Treat

What We Treat

With a broad range of treatment options, state-of-the-art diagnostics and decades of experience, we can evaluate the cause of your hip and knee pain to determine the treatment that is best for you.

Learn more about the conditions and relevant treatment options that are available at Cleveland Clinic Florida:

Staff

Staff

Physician Assistants

Christian Chiarelli, PA-C
Christian Chiarelli, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Adam Feldman, PA-C
Adam Feldman, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Pedro Acosta, PA
Pedro Acosta, PA
Physician Assistant

Indian River

George Nichols, MD
George Nichols, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Clay Greeson, MD
Clay Greeson, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
 

Martin Health

George Balis, MD
George Balis, MD
Orthopedics