Dr. Christopher Meckel, MD

Dr. Christopher Meckel, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
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Age 51
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Dr. Christopher Meckel, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Monterey, CA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine in 1996 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement & reconstruction orthopedics.Read his story

12 Upper Ragsdale Dr # A

Monterey, CA 93940

Contact Information

(831) 648-7200

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Benesys
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • 8 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Meckel performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Chronic Pelvic Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Meckel's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Meckel "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."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Meckel "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."

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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

53  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Crystal Arthropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
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30  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Fracture Care
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Image-Guided Knee Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of California At Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Los Angeles County and Usc Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Los Angeles County-Usc Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Arthritis, Orthopedic and Sports Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Other Education | Completed
  • University Of California At Berkeley
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Meckel has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Meckel's Reviews

4.4
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Meckel to family and friends
40 total reviews (12 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (40)

  • 5
    (32)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (5)

Dr. Meckel's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (12)

I recommend Dr. Meckel to anyone who mentions knee or hip problems. He was not the surgeon on my first knee and I was hesitant about switching surgeons but I have no regrets because Dr. Meckel's program exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be happier with the results!!!
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Dr. Meckel and his staff are excellent. I had a bi-lateral hip replacement with excellent recovery. He thoroughly prepares his patients before and after procedures. He is the finest surgeon in the area.
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I have recommended Dr. Meckel to many friends and former colleagues. I appreciate is his candor, directness and professional thoroughness. Through the hip replacement process and follow-up, he has treated me with caring and respect. When my other hip needs replacement, I will turn to Dr. Meckel...more
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Dr. Meckel was recommended to me by my father's physical therapist. She said he would fix up my hip. He did. Nobody wants surgery but with Dr. Meckel, it was a fantastic experience. I followed his instruction to the letter, especially doing the physical therapy, a very important component. He...more
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I highly would recommend Dr Meckel to anyone that needs a joint replacement, he is very thorough. Listens to your needs, but also uses precaution, gives you alternatives before surgery, but when you are ready you just tell him! He has done my Knee and a hip about a year ago it is just awesome, no...more
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