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Areas of Focus

Hand & Wrist Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine
Trauma Care

Nicholas J. Meyer, MD

Practice Overview

Nicholas Meyer, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in upper extremity injuries and conditions. Dr. Meyer also specializes in Dupuytren’s, Wrist Fractures and Weight Loss.

“My goal is simple: to help the patient regain their optimal quality of life by treating their condition with the simplest method possible. Sometimes this requires a simple splint or therapy, but sometimes it requires surgery. My job is to provide a diagnosis and treatment options to the patient; their job is to decide which treatment option would best fit their particular situation.

In that manner, we create a team approach to treating their condition: I cannot expect the patient to have a complete understanding of the condition and treatment options and the patient cannot expect me to have a complete understanding of their particular situation and desires. We work together to achieve a better understanding and an optimal treatment plan.”

Dr. Meyer’s outside interests include travel, triathlons, fitness and spending time with his family. He was a founding member in the Military Family Support League (assisting families of deployed service members) and is a Pillar Club member of the St. Croix Valley United Way and serves on multiple medical boards and committees.

Clinical Interest

Elbow care, including biceps tendon rupture at elbow, cartilage injuries, elbow arthritis, elbow arthroscopy, fracture management, ligament reconstruction, tendon repair, tennis elbow surgery, tennis/golfer’s elbow, total elbow replacement, ulnar nerve decompression/transposition, and ulnar nerve irritation

Shoulder care, including Bankart repair, biceps tenodesis/tenotomy, bursitis, fracture management, frozen shoulder, revision joint replacement, rotator cuff problems, rotator cuff repair, shoulder arthritis, shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder impingement, shoulder instability/dislocation, labral repair, labrum tears, shoulder stabilization, shoulder subacromial decompression, SLAP repair, throwing shoulder injuries, and total shoulder replacement

Wrist care, including carpal tunnel release, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, fracture management, Kienbock’s disease, ligament injuries, tendon repair, TFCC repair, total wrist replacement, wrist arthritis, wrist arthroscopy, wrist fusion, and wrist tendonitis

Hand care, including carpal tunnel release, De Quervain’s release, Dupuytren’s contracture, Dupuytren’s contracture release, finger joint replacement, fracture management, hand arthritis, hand arthroscopy, ligament injuries, needle aponeurotomy, nerve and blood vessel repair, tendon lacerations, tendon repair, thumb arthritis, thumb arthritis arthroplasty, trigger finger release, trigger finger/thumb, and Xiaflex injections

Pediatric care

Nerve decompression and repair

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship
Hand and Microvascular Surgery at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Residency
Orthopedic Surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Hudson Hospital & Clinic
High Pointe Surgery Center
Lakeview Hospital
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
Minnesota Medical Association
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Twin Cities Medical Society

Achievements & Awards

Voted “Best Doctor” in Minnesota Monthly (2016, 2017)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2014 – 2023)
The ProportionFit Diet book published (2013)

 

Volunteer Service

Military Family Support League

Staff

Jennifer Ellis, PA-C

Jennifer Ellis, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Laurie B.
Clinical Care Coordinator

Lorette C.
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

October 5, 2022

Anna T.

My first visit with Dr. Meyer yesterday was incredible! He has definitely restored my faith in the medical profession with his incredible bedside manner and his knowledge of Dupuytren’s Contracture. His confidence in his diagnosis surpasses all others and to me, that says it all. Kudos to Doctor Meyer! We need more handsome Dr. Meyers in this world who cares about his patients and medical profession.

April 8, 2019

Janelle N.

As a therapist myself, it was hard to become a patient suddently. But after recreational softball caused me to have several orthpedic injuries in a matter of years (2007 and 2009), I was fully thrown into the role of patient. My first injury was a fractured ulna from a softball that hit the arm I was using to get off the ground after a slide. When Dr. Meyer presented the options of being casted for 8 weeks (with the possibility of still needing surgery) or surgery, I chose to have ORIF surgery so I could be back to work in two days. He helped me get into therapy that Friday for a splint so I could continue my memorial day camping plans and then I was back at work the following Monday (yes with a splint and lifting restrictions)!

 

I was able to resume softball by August and had a full return of strength and function within 6 months. It was wonderful! Unfortunately, 2 years later at the end of the recreational softball season during the Championship game, a close call at second base caused me to have to lunge back to the base and onto the glove the the short stop execuring a diving tag. I stepped on his glove which was going perpendicular to my direction and felt an instant pop and twist of my knee. Again, as a therapist myself, I knew immediately that I now too had become a knee patient. I didn’t know how severe it was at the time, but I knew it wasn’t great. I got a knee brace and, a few days after this injury, my knee completely gave out on me while getting out of my car and I fell onto the concrete and tragically dislocated my elbow. This would all be tragic enough, had this also not been a week before my wedding. As my husband and I met playing softball, the plan was to play softball at our wedding. Now I have a torn up knee and an elbow that is black and blue from wrist to armpit.

 

I saw Dr. Meyer for follow up on the elbow and he referred me to Dr. Knowlan and an MRI of the knee. I was able to get through my wedding without crutches and a beautiful knee brace under my wedding dress! I was able to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at our wedding and then pose for some pictures with the teams and ‘batting’ before I excused myself from play. It made for great pictures! The MRI returned and it was a torn ACL, MCL, frayed meniscus, bone chips off the tibia, sprained fibular collateral ligament and surgery would be recommended. I went on my honeymoon with a hinged knee brace and a hinged elbow brace.

 

Spring of the next year I decided to have the ACL repaired. In the years since the surgeries I returned to playing softball, to prove to myself that I didn’t have a ‘career ending’ injury. In an attempt to take up a safer sport that wouldn’t require so much time off work if injrued, we took up golf and now only sub on softball leagues. In the recent years, I have started running and have run several 5K races and am pleased to report that on the most recent one on April 7th, Goldy’s Run, I had zero knee pain! NONE! On another note, I just got asked to sub on a softball team and am actually considering it despite my bad luck with injuries. This wouldn’t be an option to consider were it not for my wonderful surgeons that put me back together!

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