Every year close to 285,000 hip replacements and 600,000 knee replacements are performed in the United States. This number continues to increase as we head towards a massive change in our population demographics. By the year 2030 it is estimated that over 20% of our population will be 65 years of age or older and the rates of joint replacement are expected to double. This means millions more people will have painful arthritic joints in need of treatment.
I specialize in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. I perform the anterior approach for hip replacements and computer assisted surgery for both partial and total knee replacements. I work with a team of non-operative joint care specialists to help my patients who require rehabilitation instead of surgical intervention.
To meet these needs, I have developed a comprehensive joint replacement program for my patients who need hip and knee replacement surgery. I performed over 220 replacement surgeries in 2013 and this number continues to grow! This comprehensive program also allows me to safely perform many of these joint replacement surgeries on an outpatient basis. If your joint pain gets in the way of your favorite activities or if you are considering a joint replacement surgery, please give me a call to schedule a consultation at 831-648-7200.
Christopher Meckel, MD was raised locally in Carmel, California and graduated from Carmel High School in 1984. He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his undergraduate degree in medical anthropology. He further pursued his interest in medicine by earning his Masters of Science degree in the biological sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Meckel entered the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was a Dean's Scholar, and received his medical doctorate degree in 1996. He completed a general surgical internship and a residency in orthopedic surgery at the USC – Los Angeles County Medical Center. Dr. Meckel pursued advanced training in arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine, and joint reconstruction in a fellowship with the AOS Medical Center in Glendale, California, where he joined a team of physicians pioneering the latest techniques in anterior total hip replacements and computer assisted total knee arthroplasty.
Dr. Meckel is an associate fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the University of Southern California Graduate Orthopedic Society, and is one of the team physicians for California State University Monterey Bay. In 2003, Dr. Meckel happily returned to the Monterey Peninsula and co-founded Monterey Spine and Joint where he is recognized as the joint replacement specialist. He dedicates his time to improving joint care on the Central Coast of California. His expertise in joint replacement surgery allows for minimally invasive anterior total hip replacements and minimally invasive, computer assisted knee replacements.