Dr. Christopher M. Meckel, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Monterey Spine & Monterey Joint 12 Upper Ragsdale Dr # A, Monterey, CA 93940 Get Directions
(831) 648-7200

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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Christopher Meckel, MD was raised locally in Carmel, California and graduated from Carmel High School in 1984. He attended the...Read more

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in Carmel Valley, CA |
Dr. Meckel replaced my knee eight months ago. Post surgery, I was provided with an excellent physical therapist. After six months I was healed completely and resumed my active lifestyle of hiking, biking, yoga and golf. I now am totally without pain and never even think about my knee.
in Salinas, CA |
I think it's pretty arrogant and unprofessional to deny a patient proper consideration and care without telling them why you decided not to accept a case.
in Monterey, CA |
I would not recommend due to mill like atmosphere.
in Monterey, CA |
My end results were most important considerations when selecting a surgeon to perform my hip replacement. At this writing I am six months after surgery and my results are excellent. No pain whatsoever, and I am able to do things that I have been not been able to do for the past ten years; and I am only at the midway point on the standard timeline for full healing and recuperation! Dr. Meckel explained the entire pre-process and aftermath to me beforehand in very straightforward terms.
Marina, CA |
I was unable to make to two of my appointments with Dr. Meckel due to the unexpected passing of my father (he was only 64 and died of a heart attack). Althought I followed all of the proper cancellation notice policies and informed his office of the reasoning for my need to cancel... Dr. Meckel's office has now refused to schedule me for any future apointments. In my opinion, this shows a serious lack of compassion for the needs of his patients.
in Carmel CA |
Dr. Meckel replaced both my hips performing anterior surgery. I was bone on bone and could barely walk with a walker. I am so grateful to Dr. Meckel for his skill and sincere kindness and caring. He literally gave me my life back!
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Bi-Compartmental Knee 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 Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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  • 0
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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    Los Angeles County and Usc Medical Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    Los Angeles County-Usc Medical Center

    Completed in 2002

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Arthritis, Orthopedic and Sports Medical Center

    Completed in 2003

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California At Berkeley

    Graduated in 1989

  • Other Education
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    University Of California At Berkeley

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

    The California Orthopaedic Association is the largest statewide association representing orthopaedic surgeons in California. Orthopaedic surgeons evaluate and treat all types of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. This includes surgical and non-surgical treatment of the spine, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and hand. The Association assists our members by providing continuing medical education and other resources that enhance their ability to provide high value quality health care.

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  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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Dr. Meckel says...

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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Dr. Meckel's Care Philosophy

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.