Howard J Kapp, Orthopedic Surgeon

For Patients

Dr. Kapp's team is proud to help others through education. These pages that follow contain general information. Consult your doctor about specific treatments and any questions regarding your care.

Question: Why should I choose Dr. Kapp to perform my total joint replacement?

Answer: Dr. Kapp performs the majority of successful joint replacements in Naples. He has developed protocols and organized a surgical team unparalleled in Southwest Florida. He is the only orthopedic surgeon at Naples Community Hospital named as "Best Orthopedic Surgeon" by Castle Conolly and printed in Gulfshore Life magazine. Dr. Kapp maintains a high patient satisfaction rate and patient-based referral practice.

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Question: How many total joint replacement surgeries has Dr. Kapp performed?

Answer: Dr. Kapp performs an average of 700 total joint replacements per year. He has been successful at Naples Community Hospital for more than twenty years.

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Question: Where does Dr. Kapp perform surgery?

Answer: Dr. Kapp performs total joint replacement surgery at the main campus of Naples Community Hospital.

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Question: What is the average time for recovery from total joint replacement?

Answer: Everyone's recovery is unique and generally differs by each individual's overall health. However, with newer minimally invasive techniques Dr. Kapp has decreased length of hospital stay to 2 - 3 days. The techniques perfected by Dr. Kapp have also accelerated recovery.

  • Average ambulation with cane in a few days
  • Driving in 2 - 3 weeks
  • Golf in 3 - 4 weeks


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Question: How long does total joint replacement last?

Answer: Dr. Kapp uses state of the art materials that have dramatically improved durability of total joint replacements. Most studies studies predict that 90 - 95% of total joint replacements will survive 25 years or more.

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Question: Are there complications associated with total joint replacement?

Answer: Dr. Kapp is extremely successful in keeping complications minimized by taking a proactive approach. This entails the use of treatments to prevent blood clots and infections. Measures are taken to optimize any medical issues prior to scheduling surgery. Anesthesia complications are rare, and will be discussed with qualified anesthesia providers before surgery.

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Question: How will I know if I will go home or rehab after surgery?

Answer: Dr. Kapp will discuss the options with you closer to your surgery. The anticipated time line and answer to many post-operative questions can be found in the patient education section of this website.

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