Joint Preservation Helps Patients Avoid or Delay Joint Replacement Surgery

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Steven W. Meier, MD, a surgeon at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, is now offering a variety of procedures to help preserve the body’s natural joints and delay the need for joint replacement surgery.

Steven W Meier MD
The advantages of joint preservation over joint replacement often include less pain and inflammation, more mobility, and faster recovery.

Over time, our joints can degenerate. Whether due to injury, or the natural wear-and-tear of age, few people over the age of 20 have perfectly functioning joints. Sometimes, as time goes on, arthritis may develop, and unfortunately, may progress to the point where some weight-bearing joints may require joint replacement surgery to relieve pain and improve mobility.

Joint replacement, which involves implanting prosthetic parts in the body to replace the areas damaged by severe arthritis, can often restore function to damaged joints, but at a cost to the natural tissues of the body. Other patients, who have less global damage to a joint, may benefit instead from joint preservation techniques. Joint preservation works to restore and maintain the original joints so that surgery for joint replacement can be delayed or even eliminated in some cases.

Dr. Steven W. Meier, founder of Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, which is located in Beverly Hills, is now offering his patients a broad variety of joint preservation techniques and procedures, depending on each person’s individual condition.

Some of the joint preservation treatments offered by Dr. Meier are:

●    Cartilage restoration/repair
●    Ligament reconstruction
●    Meniscus transplantation
●    Corrective osteotomy
●    Biological healing enhancements
●    Viscosupplementation Therapy

“The advantages of joint preservation over joint replacement often include less pain and inflammation, more mobility, and faster recovery,” said Dr. Meier, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. “While not all patients are good candidates for joint preservation procedures, those who are may want to consider joint preservation before moving on to joint replacement.”

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Joint Preservation Treatment Approach?

While not all patients are good candidates for joint preservation, those who are may get a great deal of benefit from preserving their original joints. Patients who should consider joint preservation techniques are typically those with pain that has not been alleviated by more conservative methods, those who are relatively young, and those who have cartilage that has not sustained widespread damage. However, these requirements vary depending on the specific joint preservation technique or procedure being used.

“The best way for a patient to determine if they require joint replacement or joint preservation treatment is to discuss their problem with an orthopedic surgeon,” said Dr. Meier. “Our goal at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine is to make it easy for patients to get the joint treatment they need, whether that involves injection therapy, certain types of joint replacement surgery, or another treatment.”

About Dr. Meier

Steven Meier, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor in Beverly Hills, California. As a renowned expert in the most advanced techniques for shoulder and knee surgery, Dr. Meier is highly sought-after for his cutting-edge joint preservation and restoration procedures. He graduated with honors from Loyola Medical School in Chicago, received his residency training at Northwestern University, and completed his fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the University of California San Diego. To learn more about Dr. Meier and his practice, please visit

In complement with his Beverly Hills private practice, Dr. Meier performs a variety of outpatient procedures at La Peer Health Systems. La Peer Health Systems focuses on excellence in patient care and offers the most advanced and contemporary treatments and equipment that the medical world has access to. With 47 doctors on staff across 13 medical and surgical departments – from anaesthesiology to urology – La Peer offers comprehensive medical-surgical treatment and evaluation for all patients.

More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found online at

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