Orthopedic Surgery Program at Sarasota Memorial

From injury prevention programs to the latest diagnostics, surgical tools and rehabilitative therapies, Sarasota Memorial offers a complete continuum of orthopedic care for people with injuries and disorders of the joints and spine.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of Sarasota Memorial’s orthopedics program — and the key to its longstanding reputation for superior patient outcomes and care. Working closely with specialists in neurology, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, our orthopedic surgeons and specialists provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitative care for a wide variety of disorders, including arthritis, tendon and nerve injuries, tumors, ligament, muscle and rotator cuff tears, complex fractures and prior surgical failures.

Led by Medical Director Edward Stolarksi, MD, the team performs more than 5,500 surgeries each year, helping more than 10,000 patients each year regain their mobility and quality of life as safely and quickly as possible.

Our fellowship-trained surgeons provide the latest, evidence-based treatments and therapies to help patients return to functional, pain-free lives; options range from nonsurgical techniques to minimally invasive arthroscopy, total joint replacement and complex revisions. Advanced surgical systems and computer-assisted tools extend our orthopedic team’s skills and offer a level of precision not possible with the human hand and eye alone.

Our orthopedic specialists are nationally recognized for expertise in:

  • Hip, knee and shoulder joint replacement (total and partial)
  • Complex revisions of previous / failing joint replacements
  • Anterior Supine Intermuscular (ASI) hip replacement
  • Spine surgery, including expertise in adult scoliosis, stenosis, motion-sparing spinal decompression, spinal fusion, discectomies and laminectomies
  • Interventional / neurointerventional radiology
  • Traumatic orthopedic injuries
  • Pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic spine and sports medicine.

Program Highlights

Highlights of Sarasota Memorial’s Orthopedic surgical program include:

State-of-the-art, dedicated orthopedic unit features spacious private suites with the latest safety and comfort amenities.

Advanced diagnostics, including high-resolution CTs, MRIs and bone scans to assess cartilage, tendons and ligaments as well as bony structure.

Minimally invasive surgical techniques that include small, targeted incisions and specialized scopes and instruments to reduce joint exposure, soft tissue trauma, post-operative pain and to significantly shorten patient recovery times.

Advanced surgical robots, image-guided navigation and computer-assisted tools that improve planning and performance before, during and after surgery, including:

  • The ROSA Robotic Surgical Assistant, designed to support surgeons in performing such procedures as hip replacement, partial knee replacement or Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA). ROSA provides patients with better outcomes, a faster return to active life and longer-lasting relief from joint pain. 
  • The iAssist Knee System, which delivers real-time electronic surgical guidance.
  • The ExcelsiusGPS, a robotic surgical assistant designed to support our spine care specialists and surgeons with unparalleled precision during cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgeries.
  • The Stryker NAV31 Platform for spine surgery navigation.
  • The Levo Head Positioning System, for safe intraoperative adjustments of the surgical spine.

Optimized success thanks to pre-habilitation and pre- and post-operative education for hip, knee, shoulder and spine surgery.

Inpatient rehabilitation at state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Pavilion, the only hospital-based acute care  rehabilitation facility in Sarasota County, accredited by CARF International.

Outpatient physical, occupational and other rehabilitative therapies at the Rehabilitation Pavilion on the main hospital campus and at SMH care centers located throughout the county, ensuring patients have convenient access to follow-up therapy.

Family-centered pediatric unit creates an environment where children feel safe and comfortable during their hospital stay, so they can recover more quickly.

Medically oriented fitness center with injury prevention and exercise programs to build bone and muscle strength

Awards & Honors

  • Top 10 hospitals for hip/knee surgery in Florida, and Top 100 in United States for lowest complication rates in Medicare patients, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare 2019
  • U.S. News & World Report “Standout” hospital, 2021-2022 Best Hospitals Study, earning top ratings in 15 categories, including hip and knee replacements
  • Named a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement by DNV Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading hospital accreditation organizations.
  • World’s Best Hospitals, Newsweek, 2021
  • America’s 100 Top Hospitals, IBM Watson Health, 2020

World-class Orthopedic Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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