Kenneth A. Gustke, M.D.

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I love being able to help my patients achieve a better quality of life by applying the latest and up to date surgical techniques.

Dr. Gustke has been practicing orthopedic surgery specializing in knee and hip arthritis surgery in Tampa for 40 years. He is a founding member and past President of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute. He received his medical education at Wayne State University and completed his orthopedic residency at Henry Ford Hospital, both in Detroit. Dr. Gustke received additional training in hip and knee joint replacement surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction and arthritis surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Gustke is renowned on the national and international level for his pioneering efforts in knee and hip replacement implant design. He is the co-designer of eight total hip replacement implants and a complete total knee replacement system which includes four different types of implants. He holds three patents on hip replacement design. His implants have been implanted by other surgeons in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. Dr. Gustke has been a primary developer and early utilizer of muscle sparing minimally invasive knee and hip replacement surgical techniques. He was a co-designer of a computer navigation system that has been in use for almost twenty years and the lead designer of the world’s leading robotic total knee technology.

He has published over 125 journal articles, textbook chapters, abstracts, and technical monographs. He has lectured at more than 500 local, national, and international orthopedic surgery forums. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at USF College of Medicine. He was a founding member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and is a member of The Knee Society, a closed group of 109 members representing the very best academic and practicing knee replacement surgeons in the world.

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Excellent experience!!! Prompt and efficient service. Dr. Gustke and the staff were very personable. Took the time to explain my options for my knee.

Tom T.

Doctor Gustke is an absolute pro. I am from New York and had one hip replaced at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC – he is better!! I would trust him completely for total hip replacement!

Connie G.

Had both hips replaced by Dr. Gustke and his staff. Everyone was knowledgeable and nice! Everything went like clockwork!

Lynn E.

Excellent professional, excellent human treatment, his explanations regarding my case were easy to understand. He performed the surgical operation to place implants in both knees in 2003, with a fantastic result. In these almost twenty years, I returned to enjoy my normal life without any discomfort or pain and without taking any medication.

Miguel H.

Will be getting a total hip replacement for my left hip after undergoing a similar procedure in December 2018 for my right. Cartilage is gone and bone-on-bone makes me a good imitation of Chester on Gunsmoke. Dr. Gustke will again be my surgeon. He replaced my wife’s right hip in 2012 as well as my right last year. Florida Orthopaedic Institute is our home for orthopedic care. Very professional and knowledgeable with specialists for different joints from your neck to your foot.

Peter T.

Dr. Gustke is an incredible surgeon. He performed my total hip replacement on an outpatient basis! I walked (using a walker) out of the hospital just hours after surgery. I had minimal swelling and my pain was extremely well managed. It’s weird to say, but my experience was fabulous. I had my other hip replaced previously and did NOT have the same experience. I was in extreme pain, had massive welling and still have muscle weakness years later. Dr. Gustke is truly phenomenal. One year on and I cannot tell that I had surgery. It just feels like a normal hip. I’m so grateful.

Kieren O.

Dr. Gustke replaced both my knees and one hip. His professionalism is number one in my book.

RateMDs Review

Could not have been treated in a more professional manner. I needed a quick visit with the Doctor. They returned my call in a timely manner on Thursday and set an appointment for the next morning. I left the office with my problems and medical needs resolved. This has been my experience with Dr. Gustke and his staff.

Richard S.

I have been very pleased with my experience with Dr. Gustke. From consultation through three month post-op check up, I have always had positive interactions at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Procedures are explained thoroughly and all my questions are answered.

Healthgrades Review

Dr. Gustke is the best. He and his staff answer all of your questions. They care about your concerns. They check everything. He is the best doctor I have ever been to.

Healthgrades Review

Selecting Dr. Gustke and his carefully selected team was, without reservation, the most appropriate decision for my circumstances. My local physician, with whom I hold in great regard recommended Dr. Gustke. You know you are with the best when the demand far exceeds availability, the administration is carried out efficiently and the staff are the very, very best. Dr. Gustke, my thanks are certainly not enough for the gift you have given to me. I cannot express how grateful I am that we have men and women of such quality and dedication leading the orthopedic profession of our society in this country and are still continuing to grow, to learn, to contribute and share your skills with others in your profession. Thank you!

John L.

After 25 years of care by Dr. Gustke & Staff, I am totally satisfied and grateful for their expertise and problem solving ability!

RateMDs Review

After seeing two great orthopaedists in Atlanta, I decided to try Dr. Gustke with his robotic arm assisted knee replacement. I’m beyond thrilled. Everything was so smooth from first appointment to all the help from Monica, education seminar, superior surgery and scar, recovery and inpatient at Tampa General, home PT with Kendra, post-op care from Dr. Gustke’s office, and PT at FOI Palm Harbor with Steve, Alphonso, and Megan. It’s been so professional. All my doctors and PT friends are so impressed with my scar and quick recovery. When I have my second knee done next year when this snowbird returns, it will be with Dr. Gustke and FOI. They are 5 stars in every aspect of patient care from a phone call to front desk through better outcomes than expected! Thank you!

Nancy O.

I have been going to FOI for 4 years now.  I have had both of my hips replaced by Dr. Gustke.  He is a “best of the best” Ortho Doctor.  In fact, all of his staff and interns are!

Yelp Review

Dr. Gustke did hip replacement surgery with bone grafting Nov. 13,1990. Yes, almost 25 years and still in great shape. I no longer live in Florida but the surgeon here is amazed by my terrific result. Words truly can’t express what a difference surgery made or how grateful I am to have been a patient of Dr. Gustke. Thank you!

Rene H.

Dr. Gustke performed two total hip replacements in 2010 for me. I’ve had absolutely no issues since. He may be short on words but tremendous on talent, Thank you again for giving me back my life sir.

Richard G.


  • Fellowship, Orthopaedic Surgery: Arthritis Surgery and Total Joint Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic
  • Residency, Orthopaedic, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Medical Degree, Wayne State University School of Medicine

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