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Orthopedic Care Center

Florida Hospital Tampa offers world class, nationally recognized orthopedic services. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team provides a full spectrum of musculoskeletal care, including prevention, emergency care, diagnostic testing, education, surgery, rehabilitation and home care. We are committed to enhancing your mobility and helping to improve your quality of life.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are experts in complex orthopedic procedures and are dedicated to aligning treatment options most appropriate for each condition. They are the highest trained orthopedic surgeons in the area. Whether it's an arthroscopic approach or total joint replacement, a surgical treatment option can allow years of pain-free living that would not have been possible otherwise.

What We Offer

We offer the latest advancements in minimally invasive joint replacement surgeries, in which smaller incisions, compared to traditional methods, are used. This allows us to perform more than 1200 joint replacements each year. For patients, this type of orthopedic surgery means shorter healing times, less scarring and less time spent in the hospital.

Revolutionary Knee Replacement Procedure
Florida Hospital Tampa became the first in the Tampa Bay area to offer the Vanguard XP Preserving Knee replacement surgery. This surgical implant option can be used in place of a full knee replacement as it preserves healthy ligaments, including the ACL, and improves range of motion while increasing joint stability and natural movement in patients. To learn more about this innovative technology and the surgeon who performs this type of replacement surgery, click here.

Advanced Hip Replacement Surgery
Arthritis in the hips can become increasingly painful over time, and when conventional treatment no longer works, hip replacement becomes a reasonable option. Watch this Medical Minutes episode to learn more about hip replacement surgery.

Meet our Nurse Navigator


Susan Bailie, RN
Susan is a registered nurse specializing in over 30 years of care for orthopedic patients. She works closely with the surgeons at Florida Hospital Tampa and has a full understanding of the processes that lead to the best surgical outcomes for patients. As the Orthopedic Nurse Navigator, Susan helps patients manage the surgical process, from finding orthopedic surgeons, to preparing for surgery, and providing support through their recovery.

Serving as a resource, Susan helps patients prepare for surgery. She offers education through Florida Hospital Tampa’s Joint Pre-Operative Orientation Course, a highly valuable course offered to patients before surgery that covers topics such as what to bring to the hospital, medications, possible recovery methods, and rehabilitation. Susan also works closely with each of our surgeon’s offices, as well as the staff in the Orthopedic Care Center, assisting with care coordination.

To contact our Orthopedic Nurse Navigator directly, call (813) 615-7087.

PreCare Program

Our innovative PreCare program at Florida Hospital Tampa takes the mystery out of surgery and recovery. Unique PreCare and patient education programs include:

  • Total joint replacement booklets
  • Pre-operative education
  • Instruction from the Rehabilitation team on exercise, transfer techniques and activities of daily living
  • Discharge planning
  • Family support and assistance
  • Advanced pain management

For assistance in finding an Orthopedic Care Center doctor or for more information, contact our Nurse Navigator directly by calling (813) 615-7087 or make an appointment today.

Meet our Medical Director

Dr. Brian Palumbo
Orthopedic Surgeon
Medical Director, Florida Hospital Tampa Orthopedic Care Center

Dr. Brian Palumbo, a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in revision surgeries for the hip and knee, shares his passion for improving the lives of his patients.

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Program

Florida Hospital Tampa is participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program. The program is a new payment model being tested for episodes of care related to total knee and total hip replacements under Medicare, with the goal of supporting better and more efficient care coordination for patients undergoing the most common inpatient surgeries.

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model continues to pay providers under existing payment systems, but holds hospitals responsible for the quality and costs from the initial procedure through 90 days after the patient is discharged. Through the CJR program, CMS expects improved coordination of care among hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers – from surgery to recovery –to benefit patients and result in better outcomes and fewer complications.

Please see our most up-to-date list of Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement collaborators below.

  • Gerald T. Alexander, M.D., 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
  • Brian Domby, M.D., 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
  • Richard Gray, M.D., 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
  • Ira Guttentag, M.D., 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills, FL 33542