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Nicholas J. Meyer, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship Hand & Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certifications

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Areas of Focus

Elbow Care
Hand Care
Shoulder Care
Sports Medicine
Wrist Care

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 Disease, 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.”

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, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, 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, 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


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

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

Orthopedic Surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Hudson Hospital & Clinic
High Pointe Surgery Center
Lakeview Hospital
St. John’s 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 and 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, 2015, 2016, 2017)
The ProportionFit Diet book published (2013)


Jennifer Ellis, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Michelle S.
Clinical Assistant

Vikki G., LPN
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

July 16, 2008

Billy S.

Fourteen-year-old Billy Stokes was playing hockey for North St. Paul when what should have been a normal “check” turned into a shoulder-to-shoulder collision with another hockey player. He felt a crack and then instant pain, but he gathered himself and passed the puck to his teammates. When he got off the ice, Billy sat on the bench for the rest of the game, afraid to move and knowing something was definitely wrong.

When the game finally ended, it was evident Billy needed to see a doctor. At the emergency room, the staff carefully removed his hockey jersey. A bone on his right side was protruding and X-rays confirmed that Billy had broken his clavicle. The emergency room doctor recommended that Billy be seen by an orthopaedic specialist.

Billy’s mother, Pam Stokes, recalled, “We asked to be referred to an orthopaedist who would treat him as an active and athletic kid. We needed someone who would listen to us and help us make the right decisions for our young son.

“We were able to get in immediately to St. Croix Orthopaedics,” explained Pam. “It was very important to us to have Billy seen as soon as possible.”

Dr. Nick Meyer thoroughly explained Billy’s injury to Billy and his parents. Billy had two breaks in his bone, which is not typical for clavicle fractures. Dr. Meyer presented Billy and his parents with two possible treatments plans — one would involve surgery and the other would allow the bone to heal itself.

“Dr. Meyer explained how the bone would heal with surgery versus non-surgery and gave us the pros and cons of both treatment plans,” Pam recalled. “He gave us all the information we needed to make an informed decision. Most importantly, Dr. Meyer talked with Billy and reassured him that he would be able to play hockey again. I felt this was so important because Billy is old enough to understand his injury.”

Billy and his parents decided on the non-surgical treatment option. They felt confident the break would heal and Billy would have nothing more to show for it than a little bump. Billy sat out the rest of his hockey season and waited to see how his bone healed. After eight weeks, he was able to resume his normal activity. At ten weeks, he skated for the first time; but his first collision hurt, so they decided to give it a little more time to heal. The final result was just what they were hoping for; Billy’s clavicle had healed, just as Dr. Meyer had described.

Although Billy missed much of his hockey season, Pam felt this was a great learning experience for him. “Billy is now so much stronger. He had a setback, but he has had to work hard to get back to where he was before the injury,” she said. Heeding Dr. Meyer’s advice, Billy has enrolled in a weightlifting program to strengthen his body so he can be better prepared for his next hockey season. Until then, he definitely has a story to share with his fellow hockey players.

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