Orthopedic surgeons in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

When chronic joint pain or back pain interferes with daily activities, patients can trust the orthopedic specialists at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Our orthopedic surgeons and medical staff offer comprehensive treatments for a variety of muscular, bone and joint conditions. These include fractures, trauma, sport injuries and diseases.

For more information about orthopedic services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (850) 864-0213.

Our orthopedic specialists help restore patients' mobility and reduce their pain through nonsurgical methods, like rehabilitation and specialized treatments.

However, when orthopedic surgery is necessary, our skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures. This means a faster recovery for our patients.


Fort Walton Beach Medical Center earned the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for our hip replacement and knee replacement programs. Additionally, we earned the Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2019, 2020) from Healthgrades.

Orthopedic surgery

Our inpatient orthopedic program provides 24-hour medical and nursing management to help patients return to their maximum performance as quickly as possible.

Some of our orthopedic procedures include:

  • Anterior approach hip replacement
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Hip fracture repair
  • Knee revision
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Spine surgery
  • Sports medicine procedures (including rotator cuff repairs and tendon releases)
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement

Advanced joint replacement surgery

We are proud to offer advanced techniques for joint replacement surgeries.

Our orthopedic surgeons perform the anterior approach to total hip replacement, which is a minimally invasive approach.

We also offer minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery for advanced partial knee replacements and total hip replacements. The robotic surgical system enhances the surgeon's precision in aligning and positioning the artificial implant.

Our robotic technology also allows the surgeon to create a customized 3D model of the patient's joint before the surgery takes place. With this 3D model, the surgeon can personalize and preplan the procedure to the patient's exact anatomy, increasing precision and accuracy.

Anterior approach to total hip replacement

A total hip replacement replaces a hip joint damaged by degenerative joint disease. A total hip replacement with the anterior approach is performed through the front of the hip.

Using the anterior approach allows the orthopedic surgeon to perform the surgery through a smaller incision. The cut is in the front of the hip rather than in the side or back, like in traditional (posterior) hip replacement surgeries.

Benefits of the anterior approach hip replacement include:

  • Less major muscle damage: Because the anterior approach avoids cutting through muscle, surgeons don’t have to make repairs to these muscles once the operation is complete.
  • Less pain: With less surgical cuts and no cuts at all through the muscle, patients experience less pain.
  • Quicker recovery: After the surgery is complete, patients are encouraged to move and bear weight as soon as it’s comfortable. This is often not possible with posterior hip replacements.
  • Decreased risk of hip dislocation: The muscles and soft tissue around the hip naturally prevent it from dislocating. When these are cut, as with the posterior method, there is a greater risk of hip dislocation. The anterior technique avoids this by not cutting into the muscle.

Robotic total hip replacement

During a robotic hip replacement surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm to make very precise movements. The surgeon prepares the hip socket and positions the implant according to the predetermined surgical plan.

Robotic partial knee replacement

A partial knee replacement can relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

By targeting the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface only the diseased portion of the knee. This method spares the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint.

Following the personalized preoperative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic arm to execute the positioning of the implant.

Preoperative joint replacement education

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers a Joint Replacement Class for anyone having joint replacement surgery. The class is designed to help patients get familiar with our hospital and prepare for joint replacement surgery.

We also offer a downloadable joint replacement guide to educate patients on the joint replacement process.

Nationally recognized orthopedic care

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries.

The Joint Commission awards certification to programs committed to a higher standard of service. Choosing a joint replacement program that has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® ensures:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip or knee replacement
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the hip or knee replacement patient population

Additionally, we earned the Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2019, 2020) from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

Healthgrades also gave our facility a five-star rating for hip fracture treatment, hip replacement surgery and total knee replacement surgery and ranked our hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement.

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Our comprehensive orthopedic care doesn't end once your procedure is complete. Physical therapy and rehabilitation play a primary role in the recovery process.

We offer inpatient and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. Our inpatient rehabilitation center, Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, is the only acute care rehabilitation facility in the region.

Our licensed therapists create individualized programs to optimize your strength and range of motion during your recovery.

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