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Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Building C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Morris's clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Morris obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Clearwater, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Cottrell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cottrell has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $6,496
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,552
Dr. Richard Victor Abdo, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Building C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Abdo specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abdo include trigger point injections, hand problems, and foot surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Abdo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Abdo has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, .; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY, 1979, 1980.; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY, .. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Abdo's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Total Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vladimir Allan Alexander, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street N.
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Alexander is an orthopedic surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Alexander speaks Russian. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Alexander completed residency programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Knee Problems, Physical Therapy Treatment, Hip Problems, MRI, Total Joint Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $7,185
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,619
Dr. David Timothy Braun, MBA, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6500 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. David Braun, who practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Braun include total elbow replacement, total hip replacement, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Braun accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Braun attended Temple University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Total Elbow Replacement, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite D
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Piazza's training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piazza include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Artificial Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Whiddon is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 52
  • Charge (avg.): $4,674
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,569
Dr. Stephen Ray Wood, DO
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Wood specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Largo, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Wood is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , knee replacement

All Interests: ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Fractures, Ankle Surgery, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale Gene Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Dale Bramlet is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bramlet takes. He obtained his medical school training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Ankle Fracture, Bursitis, Total Hip Replacement, Revision Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Duane Marc Belongie, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Duane Belongie specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, knee replacement, and shoulder problems. Dr. Belongie accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , knee replacement

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Knee Replacement, Leg ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Jeremy Cooper, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; #301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Cooper practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Cooper performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , knee replacement

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Willard Allen Hughes II, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Building C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Willard Hughes practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and trigger point injections. Dr. Hughes is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 40
  • Charge (avg.): $10,340
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,581
Dr. Thomas Owen Schwab, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Schwab is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwab include back pain, knee problems, and trigger point injections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwab takes. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Schwab trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $6,996
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,682
Dr. John Nicholas Harker, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12955 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL
 

Dr. John Harker's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harker's clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hand problems, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Harker is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Elbow Surgery, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,266
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,595
Dr. Phillip William Christ, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13787 Belcher Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Philip Christ's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Christ honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Christ graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , total knee replacement

All Interests: Total Hip Replacement, Fractures, Total Knee Replacement, Rotator Cuff Tear, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, ... (Read more)

Kathryn Shelly Burns
18167 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 650
Clearwater, FL
 

Ms. Kathryn Burns is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Burns takes.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $567
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $220

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What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace parts of the knee joint that are damaged. It is most often done to treat arthritis, a common condition that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Knee replacement is used only if other, less invasive treatments have not worked.

A knee replacement may be partial, involving only the damaged areas, or it may include the entire joint. During surgery, the cartilage, a smooth and tough piece of tissue that lines the ends of bones, is removed. The ends of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (lower leg bone), and, sometimes, patella (kneecap) are smoothed out and replaced with metal parts. The cartilage is then replaced with a plastic disc that the metal can glide across when moving. This removes any rough or grinding surfaces within the knee that may have been causing pain.

Surgery can be performed by a large incision along the knee or through tiny incisions with small tools and an arthroscope, a small lighted tube with a camera. The procedure takes one to two hours, and you will stay in the hospital for a few days following surgery as you heal and learn to use your new knee. Physical therapy can help you move correctly and prevent stiffness. Generally, you will be able to return to normal activity within a few weeks, but you may be asked to stop participating in high-impact activities, like football or running, which could injure your new knee.

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