Dr. Steve Meadows is an experienced, board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has successfully treated countless patients surgically, getting them back to the life they enjoy. In addition to his surgery practice here at South Palm Orthopedics, Dr. Meadows now offers stem cell and PRP therapy to treat many conditions without surgery. At the Stem Cell Therapy Center at South Palm Orthopedics, Dr. Meadows uses placental stem cells (MSCs), not embryonic stem cells, to target damaged tissues at the source of your pain.
Stem cell therapy is a procedure that introduces new cells directly into an injured area or joint, promoting growth and healing at an accelerated rate. This treatment is recognized by the medical community worldwide as a great medical breakthrough in natural healing. Athletes such as Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning have traveled abroad for this unique therapy. The Stem Cell Therapy Center at South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach brings this same treatment to you right here in South Florida.
Visit Dr. Meadows’ website to learn more: http://www.stemcellandprptherapy.com/
Q: Is total ankle replacement (TAA) a reasonable surgical option?
A: TAA is the newest technology in the surgical treatment of ankle arthritis. Traditionally, the only
surgical option was fusion or arthrodesis which effectively “freezes” the ankle joint. Long-term studies
have shown, however, that fusion surgery can lead to progressive arthritis of the surrounding joints. The
goal of TAA is to decrease/eliminate pain in the arthritic ankle while preserving motion.
Most patients resume normal function as well as low-impact recreational activities such as golf, exercise
and walking. Due to improved technology and positive outcomes, total ankle replacement surgery is
being performed much more frequently nationally. Its popularity has evolved to the point that it will
soon be considered the “gold standard” in the treatment of ankle arthritis. Orthopedic surgeons who
specialize in foot and ankle surgery are specifically trained to perform total ankle replacement as well as
addressing any complications that may arise. In my personal experience, patients that have undergone
the procedure are the most appreciative because of their ability to resume their routine activities
virtually pain free.
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on Sunday, February 1, 2015
Q: My mom fell and broke a bone in her knee. Does she need to see a specialist, or can a general orthopedist treat her injury?
A: Fractures are a common occurrence after slip and falls. Many fractures can be treated without
surgery and will heal. The patient can expect a full recovery. However, some fractures that appear
benign can, in fact, be a complex injury. A fracture may extend into the joint or have an associated soft-tissue injury that may make the treatment more complex. In addition, fractures that do require surgery,
if not treated appropriately, are more likely to not heal, or in some instances, develop an infection. Even
the most common of injuries that we treat, such as a hip fracture, requires an experienced orthopedic
surgeon to ensure optimal recovery of the patient.
My fellowship training in orthopedic traumatology has provided me with the knowledge and expertise
to treat complex fractures. I am a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, and continue to
participate in ongoing lectures and conferences dedicated to the treatment of complex orthopedic
injuries. I am the Chief of Orthopedic Trauma at Delray Medical Center and Vice Chief of Orthopedics at
Boca Raton Regional Hospital. I have served the South Palm Beach community for over ten years.
Q: My neighbor asked, “What is the new anterior approach to the hip that allows for a faster recovery by not cutting any muscles?”
A: Total hip replacement is a highly successful surgical procedure that has been performed since 1960.
The success rates are outstanding. The prosthesis may last for over 30 years. The standard posterior
incision is successful but patients need to be in the hospital for several days and often are on a walker or
cane for up to a month.
For the past few years, Dr. David N. Buchalter has been performing the direct
anterior approach to the hip for most of his total hip replacements. This approach uses a special
operating room table which allows him to perform surgery without cutting muscles. Patients are often
walking the same day as the surgery, and many are able to go home the next day. It is not uncommon
for the patients to leave the hospital with only a cane. Within a short amount of time, they’re able to
regain an active lifestyle without any pain.
Dr. Buchalter is quite excited to be one of the very few surgeons in this area with the expertise in this
technique. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Less than 5% of the
orthopedic surgeons are members of this highly prestigious society and are considered the experts in
the field of hip and knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Coleman networks with Patsy and Tina at the 70th annual workers compensation educational conference.
Football star Herschel Walker kicked off the Conference with a motivating keynote speech about winning personally and professionally!
Here is our own Dr. Steve Meadows, a member of the governing board, at the ground breaking at Delray Medical Center, where construction on a 120,000-square-foot expansion has begun!. The new tower will include 96 private patient rooms, a five-level parking garage, a helipad, and direct elevator access to the emergency department. It will also have a comprehensive cardiovascular clinic and expanded endoscopy suites.
The $79.4 million new patient tower is expected to open in early 2017.
Hospital officials say the expansion will offer enhanced patient comfort and care. The 96 private rooms will help staff to “better serve our orthopaedic, cardiology, neuroscience and oncology patients,” hospital CEO Mark Bryan said in a statement.
"I’ve had shoulder pain for years, and I’ve recently heard about something called reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Is this something that can help my pain and weakness?"
Reverse Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty) is a relatively new procedure that can bring a substantial decrease in shoulder pain and significant increase in function to your shoulder, if it is right for you. There are not many doctors in South Florida who perform this procedure, because it is necessary to receive specialized training. It has existed in France, where it originated, for about 14 years and has been popularized in the United States in the last five years. I have been performing traditional shoulder replacements since 1994, and I was excited to specialize in this useful procedure.
A Reverse Shoulder Replacement can be of benefit for you if you are suffering from long-standing rotator cuff degeneration that makes it difficult to lift your arm. Reverse Shoulder Replacement is necessary when degeneration is caused by a lack of a functioning rotator cuff over time. This can often be diagnosed with a simple X-ray.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement differs from traditional shoulder replacements in that the “socket” of the shoulder is replaced with the “ball,” and vice versa, allowing the intact muscles around the shoulder to lift the arm. In effect, we are bypassing the non-functioning rotator cuff and relying on the deltoid muscle to lift the arm.
This can provide substantial improvement in function and reduction in pain that, in this case, a traditional procedure could not. Within weeks, my Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty patients report less pain and better function than they've experienced in quite some time.
For more information about Reverse Shoulder Replacement, or to find out if you are a candidate, call our office for a consultation with Dr. Meadows at (561) 496–6622.
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"I’m having a lot of pain in my knee. My doctor told me that I have arthritis and may need to have a total knee replacement. I’ve been told the operation is painful and there’s a very long recovery. Is that true?"
Knee replacements have been around for over 40 years. Over 90% of knee replacements will last more than 20 years. Recent advances are allowing for faster recoveries and less pain. Surgery can be done with a "MIS" or a minimal incision approach. These incisions are 3-4 inches in length instead of the 8-12 inch incisions in traditional knee replacements. In addition, computer GPS systems allow for accurate and reproducible placement of the components.
Not only have the length of hospital stays been decreased, but patients are now ableto walk for 30 minutes without the use of a cane just one month after surgery. By using the computer, the accuracy of the surgery has been dramatically improved. The better the alignment, the faster the recovery, and the more likely that the knee replacement will last over 20 years.
The reason you may not have heard about this innovation isn’t because it’s experimental. The equipment is so expensive that surgeons must perform hundreds of procedures in order for it to be cost-effective. It takes a significant amount of training and dedication to learn this method. As a surgeon who performs 200 total knee replacements a year, I am one of the very few surgeons in the country using this technique. Many of my patients who have had knee replacement drive to my office two weeks after surgery telling me they’re no longer in pain!
Even more technological advances are under way. I’ve just been chosen to be a leading investigator who will be performing custom knee replacements. Before surgery, special x-rays are taken and sent to a company that makes instruments that are designed to be used only in that selected individual. I am quite excited about the opportunity to offer this to the community.
Knee replacements no longer have to be a painful procedure with a lengthy recovery.
If you are suffering with chronic knee pain from arthritis, schedule a personal consultation with me today. We will review your history and discuss your options for minimally invasive knee replacement and start you on a permanent road to recovery.
Call (561) 496-6622 to schedule an appointment today or request a consultation securely online now!
Pro football is the most watched sport in America. Each year in September, countless fans rally around their TV’s and gather in stadiums to be entertained for another season by this hard-hitting game, played by athletes in top physical condition. But this game is punishing on the body, and these pro athletes risk injury every time they train, practice, and compete. It's not surprising, then, that athletes suffer more than 2,000 injuries per 10,000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Only an athlete, as an example, is likely to suffer from pitcher's elbow, turf toe or a sports hernia.) Getting injured is a part of the game, but today, injuries play a larger role, and receive more attention from teams and the media alike.
Recently, our own Dr. Coleman sat down with ESPN and talked about the injuries seen in today’s NFL and gave valuable insight into what some of these injuries are and what they can mean in the long-run for the players who suffer them.
Listen to the interview now!