Steven Meisterling, MD, is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who holds a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, and elbow; joint replacement of the knee, hip, and shoulder; and elbow reconstruction.
Dr. Meisterling completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, with Dr. James Andrews. He received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Meisterling is an orthopedist with special interests and advanced training in sports medicine. He has presented oral and poster presentations at national orthopedic meetings, is periodically published in orthopedic medical journals, and is the team physician for the St. Paul Saints.
Dr. Meisterling’s outside interests include running, cross-country skiing, biking, hockey and spending time with his family. He is also heavily involved with the Stillwater Area Hockey Association.
A previous patient of Dr. Meisterling’s, Mike Hudson, was honored by the St. Paul Saints baseball team as the TCO Comeback story. To view more, click here.
Knee Care, including ACL/PCL Reconstruction, Knee Arthroplasty/Joint Replacement, Knee Arthroscopy, Knee Revision, Ligament Repair, Cartilage Restoration, Fracture Management and Knee Arthritis
Shoulder Care, including Shoulder Arthroplasty/Joint Replacement, Shoulder Joint Revision, Bankart Repair, Biceps Tenodesis/Tenotomy, Bursitis, Fracture Care, Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Impingement, Instability/Dislocation, Labral Repair, Stabilization, Subacromial Decompression, SLAP Repair and Throwing Shoulder Injuries
Hip Care, including Hip Arthroplasty/Joint Replacement, Hip Joint Revision, Bursitis, Fracture Management, Hamstring Repair, Hip Arthritis, Hip Fractures, Hip Impingement/Labrum Tears, Tendon Repair and Tendonitis
Elbow Care, including Biceps and Triceps Repair, Cartilage Injuries, Elbow Arthroscopy, Fracture Care, Tommy John Reconstruction, Tennis Elbow Surgery and Ulnar Nerve Decompression/Transposition
Wrist Care, including Fracture Care, Carpal Tunnel Release, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
Sports Medicine, including ACL Repairs, Tommy John Reconstruction, Shoulder Labrum Repairs/Instability and Team Care
Ankle Care, including Tendon Ruptures and Fracture Care
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Orthopedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
High Pointe Surgery Center
St. Croix Regional Medical Center
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Achievements & Awards
Top Doctor: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2015, 2016, 2017)
American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society Annual Research Award (2008 – 2009)
Best Poster 2005 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting
Creighton University Research Award Stipend (March 2000)
Team Physician: East Ridge Raptors (2009 – 2016)
Team Physician: St. Paul Saints
Team Physician: St. Thomas Academy
I was very impressed with Dr. Steven Meisterling. If I need any more work done, I will have him do it. I appreciate all of you. Thank you!
November 22, 2020
Dr. Meisterling and his assistant Kayla, have been an extended part of my family for the past 10 years. I have degenerative joint disease which has led me to have both knees, one shoulder, two thumbs and, most recently, a hip replaced. Dr. Meisterling and Kayla have walked through them all with me. My recent hip replacement was particularly challenging. Different components of the hardware failed, resulting in two revisions within 3 months of having the initial hip replacement. Dr. Meisterling and Kayla were available, supportive and most importantly, my advocates as we had to schedule each of these procedures. I felt so cared for during the whole ordeal. I am so grateful for this team.
August 10, 2020
In July of 2019, I was suffering from what was thought to be additional spine issues but I ended up needing both of my hips replaced. I was referred to Dr. Steven Meisterling by several Twin Cities Orthopedic employees; he practiced in the East Metro where I live and performs surgery at the Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center. Dr. Meisterling started by giving me immediate injections in both my hips but those injections brought no relief so in October 2019 we decided I needed a new hip. The big question was which one would go first? We decided on the right hip and on October 8, 2019, Dr. Meisterling did a total right hip replacement at the Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center and I was in the EXCEL Program. I was in and out in 24 hours and the recovery was great. Unfortunately, my left hip deteriorated rapidly so we scheduled for the left one to be replaced on January 23, 2020! My left hip replacement was a bit worse and was a harder recovery for me but Dr. Meisterling and his care team were the best and checked in, got me signed up for PT in the dead of winter and followed up during the Covid pandemic. Dr. Meisterling is kind, compassionate, and caring. Less than a year post hip replacements, I am walking, swimming, riding my bicycle (no, I haven’t tried my Harley yet!) and doing stairs with ease. I am forever grateful to Dr. Steven Meisterling and his team!
May 26, 2020
Extremely satisfied with the treatment and care I received from Twin Cities Orthopedics and especially from Dr. Steven Meisterling during this very difficult and painful period of recovery. Very impressed and thankful for his skill and knowledge.
August 5, 2019
I just want to start out by saying thank you so much to Dr. Steven Meisterling for being an amazing surgeon, and taking good care of me over the last 6 months. He is extremely personable and did not sugar coat my injury or outlook. This is actually the type of person I needed and wanted. My knee/leg injury is on the extreme side as far as injuries go, but he is an expert on how to put humpty dumpty back together again. I would recommend him and his staff for any minor injury or the most extreme. Trust me, after my injury I wasn’t sure if I would ever return to work, but 6 months later I’m cleared to return as a K9 officer. This is truly amazing work! Thanks again Dr. Meisterling and staff! Love you guys!
May 17, 2019
Dr. Meisterling, I wanted to thank you for reconstructing my ACL and allowing me to return to sport for my senior year of high school. You repaired my ACL in October 2016, and I missed my Junior year of hockey and the first half of my baseball season. My senior year, I returned to hockey for Mahtomedi and we made a good run at the state tourney, losing to Orono 5-4 in the semifinals. Then for baseball, we won the class AAA state tournament at Target Field in my last high school game ever. Returning to sports for senior year was an important goal for me, and I crushed it. I really came back stronger than I was before the injury, which is a result of your surgery and my awesome rehab at TCO. That experience was tough to go through at the time, but your calm and professional demeanor assured me I would get back at it! I am currently a freshman at UW- Eau Claire in the Pre-Physical Therapy program. Also, I am running in the Eau Claire marathon on May 5th, and my knee has felt amazing during training. Just wanted to give you an update on my progress and say thanks for everything you have done.
May 10, 2019
When I was 16 years old, I was in an accident. I was hit in a head on collision with a fully loaded dump truck. My hip was dislocated and I spent months in the hospital. I am now in my 40’s and over the past several years, the same hip has been giving me so much trouble. No movement, limping, cannot bend and causing me pain in my back and knee. I did my hip replacement with Dr. Steven Meisterling. He was amazing. His nurses and crew were very helpful and professional and after my surgery, I feel like a new man. No pain, more energy and back to work after 6 weeks!! Dr. Meisterling said he even did a lot of “carpentry” work on my hip and yet, I feel better than ever. I cannot express how thankful and grateful I am to have such a talented surgeon make my hip feel brand new again. Thank you Dr. Meisterling, you are a wonderful surgeon. I appreciate you more than you know.
April 15, 2019
While I was able to walk with a slight limp before my total hip replacement (right side), I had a tough time getting up from chairs. So much so that I dreaded sitting down. I also stopped exercising, which is important to me as a pre-diabetic person. I was delighted when Dr. Meisterling mentioned that my best option was to have total hip replacement. There was a root cause to my problem and there was a solution. I did not really have any anxiety over the surgery, neither before nor after. I was just looking forward to being able to move without dreading sharp pains or inability to get up in public.
The surgery went smoothly. By the evening, the Physical Therapist at the hospital took me out for a walk. My family and I found that amazing. It was with the aid of a walker, but it was still amazing. After 2 nights at the hospital, I was able to get into our van to go home due to the “training” I received at the hospital. I continued to use my walker and slowly introduced the cane. Now, 6 weeks later, I am walking without any aids. Thanks to my TCO Physical Therapist, Andy, I have understood the importance and purpose of each exercise. And again, I am watchful of any limitations or feelings of pain, which I share with Andy. Andy then suggests things we can do to address these concerns. My walk is not 100% back to normal, but very near. For a person who just had surgery 7 weeks ago, I find it amazing. Now I can’t wait to exercise so I can keep diabetes at bay.
Deepest thanks for the surgery and counseling my right knee, both in 2009 and this year. I’m resuming a normal life due to your skill and dedication. To say that I’m grateful would be a huge understatement. I’m extremely lucky for your expertise, counseling and dedication to healing.
I completed physical therapy this week at TCO Stillwater and am moving normally and comfortably. Physical therapists Tim Hafemeyer and Kristine Sicora are expert “coaches” and counselors. Ms. Sicora happened to be my PT at OSI following your surgery on my knee in 2009. I could not have asked for better treatment. They’ve given me suggestions for further work on my own.
Both the clinical team and the administrative team are excellent. Please extend them my appreciation.
Great work, Doc! And thanks again.
October 10, 2018
I would love the chance to see Dr. Steven Meisterling again and thank him for giving me my life back! The first time I went to see him in St. Croix Falls, I could barely walk into the clinic because my knee hurt so bad and it was affecting my hip too so that was sore. He showed me the x-rays of my knee and how little cartilage I had left. I was advised to first try wearing a neoprene brace on my knee which made an amazing difference for a while.
By the time of my operation, I was very bow-legged and limping very badly. All of the staff that I had dealt with were extremely helpful. I felt very comfortable going into the operation; the pre-op nurse and anesthesiologist were very comforting. My recovery was smooth with no problems and the staff checked in on me frequently. I loved my physical therapist, Dan Stark, during my recovery process as well – he was very helpful and such a nice guy.
My whole experience with the EXCEL Program at TCO was great. I would definitely recommend TCO to anyone and will not hesitate to go back if I ever need any similar procedures.
Yesterday I celebrated the one year anniversary of my knee replacement. How? I stepped to the top of our state’s capitol to view the newly refurbished Quadriga without pain or hesitation! I am thankful to God. I am thankful for your exacting skill as surgeon. I am thankful to all who assisted me throughout my healing process.
Many persons have questioned me about my procedure. I share with all that it is life-changing and worth the journey. (I also give them your contact info.)
PS. There are countless stairs in the capitol building; the final rise to the golden horses includes 63 steps-worth the journey 🙂
September 5, 2018
I could not be more pleased with the care and professionalism I received from Dr. Meisterling and his staff. Dr. Meisterling repaired my badly torn rotator cuff and torn bicep. The surgery went as well as possible, and I was fully cared for throughout the recovery process. I could not recommend Dr. Meisterling more highly.
July 26, 2018
We wanted to express to Dr. Steven Meisterling – my goals following my knee replacement in May 2018 were to dance the Polka and drive a tractor. And in the last 2 weeks, I have been dancing the Polka, Waltz and 2-step and driving a tractor. Please relay the message and thank you!
June 1, 2018
Dr. Steven Meisterling has been my surgeon for both knee replacements. My first surgery was in 2013 and my second surgery was just this past March of 2018. I am completely satisfied with both procedures. I received such great care from doctor and staff both before and after surgery. My knee is healing nicely and I am back to my normal routines. Thank you so much.
February 13, 2018
Less than seven weeks ago I had a total knee replacement. I had full confidence in Dr. Steven Meisterling, and the result has been outstanding. The X-rays and the incision are perfect, pain is managed and I received overall great care. I was fortunate to be in the TCO EXCEL Program, recommended by Dr. Meisterling, and high praise for the medical and PT care I have received. Thank you, Dr. Meisterling and team!
February 9, 2018
I’d like to compliment and thank Dr. Steven Meisterling and all of the staff at TCO. I had my knee replaced 6 weeks ago and have nothing but good things to say about the way I was treated, the follow ups and the PT. I’m recommending TCO highly to everyone. Thanks again!!!
February 9, 2018
I had a right hip that was bothering me more and more over the past few months. Finally, I decided the pain was so bad something had to be done. My wife and I decided that, with over 13 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and particularly doing total hip replacements, Dr. Steven Meisterling would be a great fit. After x-rays confirmed that my right hip had deteriorated severely, we were able to get an operation scheduled in a very timely manner. Dr. Meisterling went over everything with us and we were increasingly confident we were doing the right thing. The operation was a great success and I was able to leave the hospital 1 1/2 days later. My rehabilitation over the past few weeks confirms how well the hip replacement is doing. From walker to cane to freely walking in 3 weeks! I would recommend Dr. Meisterling to anyone contemplating orthopedic surgery. He has a great team and he is friendly and easy to talk to. He is top-notch and I would recommend him to anyone.
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for doing an amazing job on my surgery in June 2016. I started running again in January (after not being able to run for a year) and completed the Twin Cities Marathon this month with my 2 kids! Thank you for helping me return to the thing I love to do!
October 20, 2017
After suffering a severely torn meniscus which left me in constant, excruciating pain and unable to walk, I luckily found Dr. Steven Meisterling. He correctly diagnosed my injury and performed surgery. The overall experience including the first introduction appointment, the surgery prep team, the actual operation and the follow up care was just an amazing and positive experience. I literally owe the quality of my life to Dr. Meisterling and his team. My recovery was 100% full function of my knee. Thank you so much for everything you did for me. A very grateful patient, Ben T.
July 7, 2017
A previous patient of Dr. Meisterling’s, Mike, was honored by the St. Paul Saints baseball team as the TCO Comeback story.
July 1, 2017
A previous patient of Dr. Meisterling’s, Baiers, was honored by the St. Paul Saints baseball team as the TCO Comeback story.
June 19, 2017
2016 was my year of 2 shoulder surgeries and a lot of physical therapy. I was beyond thrilled to have been recommended to Dr. Meisterling. I was in a car accident that broadsided our car and I was the recipient of the other car directly to my right shoulder. My first surgery was in January 2016 and it went extremely well. Because rotator cuff repairs require immobilization for 6 weeks, I ended up with a frozen shoulder. Dr. Meisterling was excellent in walking me through that process, knowing the exact window of time I needed to repair the frozen shoulder. His second procedure again went extremely well. I was amazed at how much he loved what he is so good at. He was equally, if not more excited, for me as I was working for my recovery. I so appreciated his ability to partner with me on what was a longer journey than expected. I highly recommend him for both his expertise as a surgeon, along with his personal connection to your recovery’s challenges and victories.
March 23, 2017
In March of 2016, I suffered a downhill skiing accident, while racing out in Colorado. I had been downhill skiing for over 35 years without any major injuries. I tore my ACL and meniscus in the accident and needed surgery. Dr. Meisterling listened to my story and with great compassion reassured me that I would be able to downhill ski again. At my age, I found this surgery to be challenging and the recovery was long (I’m not so patient when it comes to healing). Dr. Meisterling’s team was encouraging and reassuring. I did get back out skiing this past winter, and was able to return to racing – albeit at a lower speed. My recovery and return to skiing took a special kind of courage. That courage was initiated from the care and reassurance of the team at TCO. I feel very grateful for the skillful ACL reconstruction and great care afterwards.
In March of 2017, my daughter had a very similar downhill skiing accident. Although there are other ortho clinics closer to my home that I could’ve chosen, there was no question in my mind who I was going to trust my daughter’s surgery and recovery to. I returned to Dr. Meisterling and my daughter is recovering like a champ! I would rather have a second ACL reconstruction than to have one of my own kids go through the process; but I feel confident that she is getting the best care. I sincerely hope that I never need to bring any family members back to see Dr. Meisterling again…but if this kind of care is needed, I will return without a second thought!
November 22, 2016
I had a total knee replacement in Jan and then in June for my other knee. I was very pleased with the surgery and the care I received from Dr. Meisterling and his team. Before surgery, I used to survive the pain by taking 5 ibuprofen at a time, often twice a day. I can’t even tell you now the last time I took one pill! It’s so amazing to be able to bend my knees again. Going up and down stairs is so much easier since surgery. It’s great to be able to walk and not shuffle. I can even stomp snow off my shoes now….couldn’t do that for a few years before surgery. Thanks, Dr. Meisterling & staff!
July 28, 2016
As a young man in about junior high, I began dealing with chronic knee pain which my mother passed off as growing pains. Finally, a trip to the doctor revealed I in fact had the beginning stages of arthritis in both my knees. The protocol at the time was a Hemiepiphyseal stapling surgery (I am NOT a doctor, so please know this may NOT be exact name of the procedure I had done – I had BOTH knees done at the same time). I can tell you it was a painful two summer stint of surgeries and recoveries which were successful in limiting my pain, and allowing me a “normal” life for the next 30 years. I made it to 52 without “serious” complications. I did have a small surgery done on one knee after the removal of the staples for some internal issues which I must admit were likely due to my personal habits (competitive curling).
At the ripe old age of 50, the effects of the earlier surgeries had “worn off” and I needed help. My wife and children encouraged me to visit another doctor to evaluate my situation. I knew in the back of my mind that I was in trouble, but when I met Dr. Steven Meisterling, I immediately trusted him and his opinion. The road to knee replacement was charted and I never looked back. I just had my 6 week post-op appointment and I can say without reservation, Dr. Meisterling and his team have given me 10 years of my life back. My new knee is essentially pain free, I have amazing range of motion and I am truly getting my life back. Prior to surgery, I was very limited in my ability to get around, both at home and at work. I coach track and field and the most recent season, pre-surgery, was brutal to say the least. Next season promises to be amazing given the success of my recent surgery. I will be able to grouse hunt, deer hunt and just do the simple things in life that had evaded me for too long.
At my last appointment, I was very clear to tell Dr. Meisterling that while he may be the “head coach”, the team he has pulled together is absolutely amazing. From the office personnel that answer the phones, through the nurses, PA, and to Dr. Meisterling, the staff is outstanding. They have treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. The trust I had in Dr. Meisterling on my first appointment was genuine and my instincts were accurate.
I have scheduled my second knee replacement and I am confident that the outcome of the next knee replacement surgery will be as good as my first. With the support of Dr. Meisterling’s team, the physical therapists, and some work on my part, I will enjoy a long life of pain-free living. Thank you to all of you for your hard work and in truly making my life better. I am truly blessed.
May 16, 2016
I had two hip replacements done by Dr. Steven Meisterling. Both went really well with little to no pain and with no complications. He explained everything to what I should expect from the replacements. I am very with pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Dr. Steven Meisterling to anyone. His whole staff was very easy to work with.
March 14, 2016
Scheduling, surgery and post op went very well. No issues and I felt well cared for!
Thank you to Dr. Meisterling and his staff for a successful repair of my broken wrist. Everyone was helpful and answered all my questions. Dr. Meisterling is an excellent surgeon.
February 7, 2014
Bruce N., who works for Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls, scheduled himself for rotator cuff surgery last August to repair a substantial ¾ inch tear. “I love to golf and hunt,” he explained, “so surgery had to be between seasons ––after golf and before deer hunting!” Bruce made a point to note that he did give up bird hunting to rehab his shoulder! He declined a post-surgery hospital stay and only had severe pain for a day or two. “Because I’d been through this surgery before, I knew what to expect,” he said. “I took Thursday and Friday off and planned to be at work on Monday, which I was.”
The first two-three weeks were the most difficult since Bruce is right-handed. “Friends told me to be prepared and they were right, but it was still a struggle. Try eating, shaving, brushing your teeth, and so on left-handed,” he said. “It was challenging! Overall, though, I had a great experience with the Medical Center, Dr. Steven Meisterling, and all who took care of me!”
February 7, 2014
Jerry, a financial consultant and diabetic living in St. Croix Falls, finally scheduled himself for a total shoulder replacement surgery this past December. “I’d had arthritis in my right shoulder for many years, but kept putting off surgery,” Wyatt explained. “I’d played golf regularly for many years, but eventually my shoulder began to hurt too much to play. Even worse, I wasn’t sleeping well any longer either. Eventually, my shoulder started to drop for no reason and I couldn’t even drink a cup of coffee without spilling!”
On the advice of Wyatt’s family doctor, SCRMC Internist Jim Wallace, Jerry finally made an appointment with Dr. Steven Meisterling. “Twin Cities Orthopedics and Dr. Meisterling have an excellent reputation for the surgery, and given my experience, they certainly deserve it!” “I was born in the Baker House and delivered by Dr. Jake Riegel long before this hospital existed,” Wyatt continued, “so to have a team of specialists like this available locally in this very modern hospital is simply wonderful! It was also a tremendous convenience for me and my family to be here at SCRMC for my care and surgery.”
February 7, 2014
Rob, a retired Lindstrom resident, had been living with level 8 or 9 (i.e. very bad) pain for two years because of degenerative arthritis in both shoulders. His right shoulder was most in need of repair because calcium build-up and bone loss had made the use of his right arm agonizing, and rehabilitation and medication failed to contain it. “Going into surgery, there was the possibility of a partial or a total replacement,” said Rob, “but due to bone loss, only a partial replacement was possible.”
After his hemi-arthroplasty surgery, Rob made note of the “excellent care” he received from his primary provider, Dr. Jamey Sotis, and from his surgeon, Dr. Steven Meisterling. “I felt very comfortable in the OR, and appreciated all the explanation and detail on what would be happening,” he said. “I wouldn’t have chosen to go anywhere else.” He was hospitalized for just two days after surgery, followed by eight weeks of therapy and an arm sling. Robertson also commented that “my rehab at the Lindstrom Clinic was excellent and very personalized.” His pain continued to decrease as strength and use of his arm increased.