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"Now I know how it feels to get VIP treatment"

Outstanding care and excellent service by Dr. Guttentag and his entire team. Now I know how it feels to get VIP treatment. Throughout the entire process of getting knee replacement surgery, I felt I was being cared for by an experienced, professional and caring orthopedic medical team.

My positive experience extended from my initial visit, pre-op preparation and education and continued throughout the subsequent surgery, hospital stay and recovery. I had a lot of anxiety in the beginning but it quickly went away after receiving high-quality care and compassion in every step of the process. Dr. Guttentag patiently answered every question I had throughout the process and compassionately explained the entire procedure so that I not only understood what was going to happen but felt comfortable and confident that I would have a complete recovery. After having been in healthcare for more than 10 years I can honestly say that Dr. Guttentag provides the absolute best orthopedic treatment that anyone can receive. I highly recommend him and and his entire staff to anyone seeking the best orthopedic care available. Many thanks to you Dr. Guttentag for the VIP treatment I received.

"Dr. Guttentag, you have gone beyond the call of duty for me and I appreciate the time you took."

"The fact that I recovered so quickly is a testament to the skill of the surgeon and his team."

On December 11th, I had a partial knee replacement and everything turned out great. I was off the walker after the second day and haven’t looked back since. I was back on my bike by the third week and celebrated my ten week follow up with a hundred mile bike ride. I really can’t tell a difference between the implant and my normal knee. I’m still a little numb but it’s getting better every day. The fact that I recovered so quickly is a testament to the skill of the surgeon and his team.

- Chris A.

Thank you for going above and beyond to make my surgery happen.

Guttentag-ThankYouCardThank you for going above and beyond to make my surgery happen. You’re a great surgeon and a great doctor. Thanks to God and you I have my life back. So grateful! God bless you. -Wendy J.

"He is a very skilled and caring surgeon."

Dr. Ira Guttentag is a doctor I really admire. He is a very skilled and caring surgeon who has operated on my knees twice. Both times have been good experiences. This time I am only four weeks out from surgery and doing well.

Yesterday, I went up and down our 17-step staircase three times with only having to touch the handrail. Dr. Guttentag is no nonsense, but if you pay attention to what he says, this is very doable.

- Jane T.

" Dr. Guttentag has given me my life back."

I had been in pain for years and became over weight due to my limited activities. Dr. Guttentag has given me my life back. Just 9 weeks after my surgery I have lost over 30 lbs. Last weekend I went Kayaking, hiking, climbing over rocks and trees, riding my bike, mowing the lawn. Anyone needing a new knee should go see the best team around and don’t hesitate.

Yes it is very painful the first week or so and I swore if I had to get the other one done I wouldn’t but now that I am healed up I would go in tomorrow and have it done again. Rehab plays a huge part of your recovery and the Florida Medical rehab people are great. I cannot thank Dr. Guttentags team enough for my success.

"Thank you so much for my new knees!"

Dr. Guttentag- Thank you so much for my new knees. I will take care of them and do them proud when i return to my favorite activities. I also want to extend a huge Thank you to your clinic staff. I do not remember names well. PA Riordan and the young gentleman doing dressings changes and check ins were super and willingly answered my questions.

The X-Ray technician, Todd, was so good especially with patient rapport. So friendly and acts like he wants to be there and be happy. Never treated you like another patient. Dena is the best. Again, so friendly and engaging and helpful and supportive. I could go on and on. THANK YOU does not seem enough- but I am so grateful. Also, thank you for letting me go home the next day after surgery. Have a great summer and I will say it- GO LIGHTNING! Marsha

"All were so friendly and helpful and went above and beyond"

Like many others, I struggled with knee pain for several years and did the gambit of shots. I met with Dr Guttentag and was scheduled for bilateral knee replacements. I had the first one done Dec 2014 and the second one March 2015. The first knee I was in the hospital two nights and the second knee just overnight. I was up walking the next morning and doing physical therapy.

Both knees were a success and I walked into the first ten day post op appointments using a cane for balance only. It is now the end of April, I am back to swimming, and riding my bicycle with minimal scarring or pain. I really like Dr Guttentag’s post op plan of care. He is conservative with compression socks, and wraps and makes sure one has adequate pain medicine. I think his belief in using the continuous passive machine (CPM)for exercising the knee the first three weeks is a key element for successful flexion and extension of the knee. I can bend my knee further than I have been able to in several years. I have two hiking trips scheduled for this summer and I look forward to both of them thanks to Dr Guttentag. I also want to give a high five to his clinic staff. From Xray, to technicians, to Dena in scheduling and his Physician Assistant Riordan…..all were so friendly and helpful and went above and beyond. Thank you does not seem enough.

"Both knees were a success and I walked into the first ten day post op appointments using a cane for balance only"

Like many others, I struggled with knee pain for several years and did the gambit of shots. I met with Dr Guttentag and was scheduled for bilateral knee replacements. I had the first one done Dec 2014 and the second one March 2015. The first knee I was in the hospital two nights and the second knee just overnight. I was up walking the next morning and doing physical therapy. Both knees were a success and I walked into the first ten day post op appointments using a cane for balance only. It is now the end of April, I am back to swimming, and riding my bicycle with minimal scarring or pain. I really like Dr Guttentag’s post op plan of care.

He is conservative with compression socks, and wraps and makes sure one has adequate pain medicine. I think his belief in using the continuous passive machine (CPM)for exercising the knee the first three weeks is a key element for successful flexion and extension of the knee. I can bend my knee further than I have been able to in several years. I have two hiking trips scheduled for this summer and I look forward to both of them thanks to Dr Guttentag. I also want to give a high five to his clinic staff. From Xray, to technicians, to Dena in scheduling and his Physician Assistant Riordan…..all were so friendly and helpful and went above and beyond. Thank you does not seem enough.

- Marsha F.

"Glad I listened to Dr. Guttentag!!"

Dear Dr. Guttentag,
Glad I listened to Dr. Guttentag!! After my primary care physican told me I needed surgery for what he thought was a “bone spur” with built up cartilage in my ankle that wouldn’t allow me to play sports, I thought I might need a second opinion. I was referred to Dr. Guttentag at Florida Medical Clinic from a friend. My initial consultation went well. After the x-ray Dr. Guttentag asked me to walk around the room. He noticed how pronated my walk was and recommended to do physical therapy and get orthotics before thinking of surgery. Glad I listened to him.

The “bone spur” turned out to be an inflamed tendon that was swollen from playing sports and being pronated. I trusted Dr. Guttentag from his experience with the Tampa Bay Lighting so I knew he was familiar with sports injuries. I highly recommend Dr. Guttentag and the Florida Medical Clinic.

- Peter J.

"After total knee replacements of both knees, I am able to enjoy my life without pain."

Dear Dr. Guttentag,
Words cannot begin to express my appreciation for the difference you have made my life. After total knee replacements of both knees, I am able to enjoy my life without pain. I no longer have to sit all the time due to severe knee pain. I am able to walk as much as I want, able to ride a bike again, to climb a ladder and be active in my grandchild’s life. I am able to do all of the above without pain thanks to your excellent skills as a surgeon.

Your entire staff was great to work with. Everyone is so caring. I especially want to recognize Cheryl for the excellent job she did of coordinating all of the pre-op appointments and preparing me for the surgery. Eric was also excellent for his part. Most of all, I want to thank you for being an excellent Orthopaedic surgeon. Please feel free to give my name to any candidates for knee replacements that would like to talk to someone that has had the surgery. I will be happy to share my experience with them. Thanks again for my wonderful knees.

- Sandra S.

"I have been pain free for the first time since 96."

Good Morning Dr. Guttentag,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Since you have done the surgery on my knee I have been pain free for the first time since 96. It is wonderful. I am so glad I picked you. Have a great day!

- Betty B.

"I found that I was able to graduate from a walker to a quad cane in just one and one half weeks."

Dear Dr. Guttentag,
I found that I was able to graduate from a walker to a quad cane in just one and one half weeks. I would like to thank you for making it possible for me to return to my normal, active life style. I have been able to do this as a result of the two total knee replacements performed by you. I must tell you that the difference in recovery time between the Oct. 2, 2003 left knee replacement and the Feb. 20, 2004 replacement using the new mini-incision method was profound. I was ready to leave the hospital just two days after the new procedure while I stayed four days after the Oct. one.

Upon returning home, I found that I was able to graduate from a walker to a quad cane in just one and one half weeks and able to walk unassisted after a total of three weeks post surgery. I also found that certain movements such as walking up and down stairs and sitting/rising came back much more easily and with much less pain than I experienced after the first surgery. I was absolutely amazed at the difference. Because of this, physiotherapy was much easier for me and I was able to stop pain medication earlier than before. I would certainly recommend this new mini-incision procedure to any patient given the option.

- Edwina S. B.

"For years I struggled and now with two total knee replacements I am able to do all the physical activity I desire."

Dear Dr. Guttentag,
For years I struggled and now with two total knee replacements I am able to do all the physical activity I desire. How can I thank you for giving me the ability to walk again without pain. For years I struggled and now with two total knee replacements I am able to do all the physical activity I desire. Your surgical expertise with the new 4″ incision, no cut muscles, and use of rich plasma platelets enabled me to have a very rapid recovery.

I was able to walk the day after surgery and was hospital discharged in three days. I could walk without aids within a week. Your follow up teams cannot be praised enough. Home physical therapy for two weeks with outstanding personnel followed by superb physical therapy at the center thereafter. Your extraordinary support team excels and especially Eric and Kari. I would not hesitate recommending you to any and all that need knee or other orthopedic surgery. Thanks again.

- Harry B.

"I am looking forward to a more active life style."

Dr. Guttentag,
I am looking forward to a more active life style. I would like to say thank you for my recent knee surgery on July 22, 2004. I had the total minimal knee replacement. On March 9, 1999 I had a total right knee replacement in the traditional performance on joints. Due to pain and length of recovery period I have been most apprehensive about another knee replacement.

I was totally amazed after this left knee surgery you performed on July 22, 2004. (total knee replacement) The therapist had me up walking the evening of the same day at the hospital. I was released on Saturday 24, 2004 from the hospital. I have had virtually no pain. Only sight discomfort. I have and will continue to recommend this type of surgery by you (Dr. Ira Guttentag) to those with joint needs. Thank you again for using your talent to help people with joints needs. You make it so easy and painless. I am looking forward to a more active life style. Your Grateful Patient C.M.

- Patient C. (Mae)

"Thank you so much for giving me my life back."

Dr. Guttentag, Eric, & Staff,

Thank you so much for giving me my life back.

There is so much I want to say and not enough room to write it!! I adore the staff! Every staff member has been extremely kind, caring, & very professional. When I am at your office, I feel like I am a part of your family. Thank you staff for your endless compassion!

Eric, thank you for your kindness. You have always been very sweet & extremely helpful when I needed something. Thank you Eric for all the wonderful care you helped to give me. Dr. Guttentag, you are absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for giving me my life back. I can have a life again after 5 long years! Thank you for giving me a chance, and for not giving up me. I feel amazing! You are extremely kind, caring, compassionate, intelligent, funny, and very down to earth. Thank you for your wisdom. I just cannot say enough about you! I am so grateful for meeting you.
Thank you again & take care.

- Kira B.

"My shoulder is doing fantastic!"

Dr. Guttentag, I played competitive league tennis 4 times this week and my shoulder is doing fantastic! Thank you for doing such good work and fixing me so I could get back out on the tennis court. Forever grateful.

- Mechy W.

"Thanks again for helping me get back to the things I love to do."

Hoping things are going well for you and the family. Wanted to say thanks to you and Dr. Guttentag. Hiked to the top of Storm Castle in Montana today , almost 2800 vertical feet and NO knee pain! So grateful! On the other hand I did get rear ended a couple weeks ago and herniated C4-C7. Better after steroids and Nsaids, but may be back for a little PT. Attached picture to prove I was still smiling at the top. Thanks again for helping me get back to the things I love to do.

- Laurie

"I am very grateful to you for my knee replacement."

Dear Dr. Guttentag, May I wish you and your lovely family the most wonderful happy new year for this next year and the years ahead. I am very grateful to you for my knee replacement. As long as I am going to be alive I will remember your kindness. I am very proud of you.

- Akhtar K.

"I am 100% pain free"

For a number of years I have dealt with severe pain in both knees. A number of years ago I had both knees scoped which relieved some of the pain, then later I started I started doing the cortisone injections, I even tried the gel shots which would last approx. ten to twelve months. I reached a point to where shots or anything would give me any kind of relief. That is when I went to Dr. Guttentag. I discussed with him having both knees replaced. On May 16, 2014 he replaced my left knee and I made sure that I followed his instructions and at the same time done my therapy. It was such a great success that after six weeks, I was able to do almost anything with my left knee. I then returned to him and scheduled having the right knee done on July 11, 2014. Again I was very aggressive with the therapy and the exercises. It has been fifteen weeks and I am 100% pain free and able to play golf, bowl and any other activity I wish to do without any discomfort.

Dr. Guttentag is the most gentle, kind and knowledgeable surgeon that I have ever met. I HIGHLY recommend anyone with any kind of knee problems to arrange a consultation with Dr. Guttentag. I also want to say that Florida Hospital treated me outstanding during my stay and follow up treatments. I have had family members and friends ask me if my knees felt normal or if I could tell I have had them replaced. My answer to that is I am 100% pain free and I feel no different than when I was a young man. I hope this information will be of help to you in making your decision in using Dr. Guttentag as your surgeon. Thank you

- Jasper B.

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Dr. Guttentag has extensive surgical experience in the areas of Sports Medicine and Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction. He has been the Medical Director and Head Team Physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning since 2002. Dr. Guttentag provides care to athletes of all ages and levels. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Medical Clinic. He has a particular interest in knee and ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repairs, meniscus and cartilage repair and regeneration, and total knee replacement. A leader in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, he specializes in minimally invasive total and partial knee replacement, which allows for a quicker, more pain-free recovery. In addition, he is one of the first in Florida to perform the Biomet XP Anterior Cruciate Sparing Total Knee Replacement. A native of New York, Dr. Guttentag moved to Florida in 1993. He is married with three children. A sports enthusiast, Dr. Guttentag enjoys tennis, running and weight lifting.

  • Medical Education

    University of South Florida, College of Medicine
    Tampa, FL

  • Internship/Residency

    Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Bronx, NY
    Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Fellowships

    Matthews Orthopaedic Clinic
    Orlando, FL
    Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction

  • Hospital Memberships

    Florida Hospital Tampa
    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel
    FMC Ambulatory Surgery Center

  • Special Interests

    Sports Medicine
    Total Knee Replacement
    Arthroscopic Knee and Shoulder Surgery

  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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