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Dr. Meadows launches new website introducing The Stem Cell Therapy Center at SPO!
Steve E. Meadows, MD

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.

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Dr. Meadows Breaks Ground at Delray Medical Center

Dr. Meadows Breaks Ground at Delray medical CenterHere 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.

Dr. Meadows talks about relief of chronic shoulder pain.

"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.  

To learn more about Dr. Meadows, click here.

Dr. Meadows mentioned in Palm Beach Post

Dr. Steve Meadows of Delray Beach, began doing reverse shoulder replacements last year. He recalled attending a conference of shoulder surgeons a few years ago and hearing from leaders in the field about high rates of complications suffered by patients after reverse shoulder operations.

"I was thinking, 'These guys are the best of the best,' " Meadows said. "I was put off."

But Meadows realized some patients couldn't get relief from chronic shoulder problems any other way. He began doing reverse shoulder replacements at Delray Medical Center, and he sees good results so far.

Palm Beach Post - Nov 22, 2009

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Reverse Shoulder Surgery for Severe Shoulder Problems

A breakthrough shoulder surgery is restoring function and relieving pain in people who have lost the mobility in their arm from a damaged rotator cuff, a failed shoulder replacement surgery or severe arthritis. Named "reverse shoulder replacement," this innovative procedure changes the mechanics of the shoulder by reversing the normal position of the ball and socket. Dr. Steve Meadows of South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach is one of only a few surgeons in the South Florida area who is performing this groundbreaking new surgery.

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and tendons that control the function of the shoulder and connects the Humerus (upper arm bone) with the scapula (shoulder blade). The risk of rotator cuff damage increases with age. With age, the blood supply to the tendons decreases. This causes the tendons and muscles to degenerate, weaken, and become susceptible to tearing. Torn rotator cuffs can also be caused by repeated overhead movements from sports, work or traumatic injury. In many cases, the injury can be treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, rest and limiting overhead movements or by surgically repairing the tear. In severe cases, where the tendons are torn beyond repair or severely degenerated there is often a dramatic loss of mobility and severe chronic pain. Until recently, there has been no solution for these severe cases. With the reverse shoulder replacement, this is no longer the case.

"A reverse shoulder replacement offers a major advancement for those patients whose rotator cuffs no longer function and cannot be repaired," said Dr. Meadows, a leading board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in upper extremity surgery. "In the cases that benefit from this procedure the tendons aren't healthy enough to hold the shoulder ball into the socket and so a traditional shoulder replacement cannot be done. I've seen dramatic positive outcomes from this surgery. It truly provides an excellent option for patients who are extremely debilitated by shoulder pain and loss of function.  Within weeks, my Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty patients report far less pain and much better function. I am very excited to specialize in this useful procedure and offer it to the community." 

Approved by the FDA in 2004, "reverse shoulder replacement" had been used successfully in Europe for nearly 15 years. The surgery uses a metal and plastic implant that functions the opposite of a normal shoulder by placing the ball onto the shoulder blade and the socket onto the top of the upper arm bone. The reversed position of the ball and socket changes the mechanics of the shoulder. By changing the center of the shoulder's rotation, the strength needed to move the arm comes from the deltoid muscle, "bypassing" the nonfunctioning rotator cuff.

Delray Beach, Florida resident Walter Kozlin had suffered for years with debilitating shoulder pain. Despite repeated cortisone injections and other conservative treatments he continued to experience constant pain, had trouble sleeping, was limited in his activities and could not raise his arm. A talented lapidary (artisan who makes jewelry by forming and finishing stone and gemstones, Mr. Kozlin was unable to perform his craft or teach it as he had always done.

In January, Dr. Meadows performed the two-hour procedure on Kozlin with tremendous success. "I am forever grateful to Dr. Meadows" said Mr. Kozlin who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. "I was up and about just 4 days after my surgery and now less than two months after surgery I am almost completely pain-free. I can lift my arm, I can sleep through the night and I can now make and teach others how to make jewelry every single day of the week. Dr. Meadows is a great surgeon and a great guy!"

If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain and have been told surgery is not an option for you, the reverse shoulder replacement may be for you. To meet with Dr. Meadows and have a consultation call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or visit the website at

Delray Beach, FL – March 16, 2009

Dr. Meadows saves man's hand after alligator attack!

Dr. Meadows saves man's hand after alligator attack!

Dr. Meadows saves man's hand after alligator attack!Just another day in the OR? Hardly. 

On January 28, 2009 our own Dr. Meadows came to the aid of 49 year old Raymundo Velasco, repairing the damage an alligator did to his left hand. This was a first for Dr. Meadows who told local press, "I've seen a lot of other animal bites, but never an alligator bite." 

Mr. Valesco was picking up trash along the banks of Lake Osborne just outside John Prince Memorial Park in Lake Worth when the alligator grabbed him by the hand and pulled him under.  Dr. Meadows had to amputate Mr. Velasco's left index finger at the middle joint and fuse the thumb at the end joint. Dr. Meadows conducted a press conference outside Delray Medical Center after he performed the one-hour surgery. Mr. Velasco is expected to make a full recovery and have most of the use of his left hand thanks to Dr. Meadows.

Delray Beach, FL – January 28, 2009