Steven W. Meisterling, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Elbow Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

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.

Clinical Interest

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, 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, 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

Hand Care, including Carpal Tunnel Release, DeQuervain’s Release, Fracture Care, Ligament Injuries, Thumb Arthritis and Trigger Finger Release

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

Medical Degree
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

High Pointe Surgery Center
Lakeview Hospital
St. John’s Hospital
St. Croix Regional Medical Center
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Achievements and 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)

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: East Ridge Raptors (2009 – 2016)

Team Physician: St. Paul Saints

Orthopedic Consultant: Stillwater Area Hockey Association

Orthopedic Consultant: Larkin Dance Studio


Rachel Brang, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Kayla E., RMA
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

February 13, 2018

Janet M.

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

Michael D.

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

James W.

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.

November 21, 2017

Kelly R.

Dr. Steven Meisterling,

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!

Kelly R.

October 20, 2017

Benjamin T.

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

Mike H.

A previous patient of Dr. Meisterling’s, Mike Hudson, was honored by the St. Paul Saints baseball team as the TCO Comeback story.

June 19, 2017

Kirsten L.

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 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

Pam W.

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, 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

Maggie I.

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

Wayne K.

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 has 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 of 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

Denise C.

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 recommended Dr. Steven Meisterling to anyone. His whole staff was very easy to work with.

March 14, 2016

Sandra M.

Scheduling, surgery and post op went very well. No issues and I felt well cared for!

*Sandra received a Bi-Lateral Total Knee Replacement from Dr. Steven Meisterling.

February 23, 2016


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.

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 W.

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 R.

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 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.

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