Stephen Cairone, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Certification in Kyphoplasty
Certification in Extreme Lateral Inter-body Fusion
Certification in Secure-C Cervical Disc Replacement
Dr. Cairone has been with Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics for 8 years and 14 years total private practice in Bucks County. He is board certified in Orthopedic surgery and received fellowship training in spine surgery from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Cairone was born is Horsham. PA and attended Hatboro-Horsham High school, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He then went on to Lycoming College, where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. He earned Academic All American honors as a four year starter in soccer and was selected all Middle Atlantic Conference in his senior year.
He then spent the next nine years at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) where he attended medical school, internship and his orthopedic surgical residency. He presently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at PCOM.
Over the last 15 years Dr. Cairone has served in served in several capacities for the American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOAO). He has served as the Vice- President and President of the spine sub section as well as giving several lectures each year. This work culminated in Dr. Cairone being inducted as a Fellow of the AOAO in 2012.
Dr. Cairone’s main area of orthopedic interest is minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery, the surgical treatment of herniated discs, cervical disc replacement surgery, fracture surgery, and arthroscopy.
Dr. Cairone serves as the chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Mary Medical Center and if the Director of the outpatient spine surgical service at the Mercer County Surgery Center.
In addition, Dr. Cairone is a professional fishing boat captain. He gained his OUPV license in 2003 and frequently travels 90 miles offshore looking for tuna and swordfish. He is also a D licensed EPYSA soccer coach.
I had back surgery 23 years ago and I knew one day I would need my lower back fused. That day finally came when I had no feeling in my right leg and could not lift my leg at all. I had weakness in my right leg, lower back pain and could not walk without a cane. I had no life. I was miserable and didn't want to do anything. I was told to go see Dr. Cairone that he could help me. I finally went and saw him. My MRI was ordered with in hours of leaving his office. Once we received the MRI results, I went back to see him. He confirmed that I needed my lower back fused. He explained to me in detail what needed to be done. He used words that I could understand and he answered all my questions. He was honest with me even if i didn't want to hear it. Which I really appreciated. The day of surgery he explained to me again what he was going to do and checked with me to see if I had any last minute questions. After a 7 hour surgery and being told my back was in really bad shape, it was fixed. The next day I started to get some feeling back in my right leg. It has been 4 months since surgery. I have no pain at all in my lower back or my right leg. I can feel my right leg again. My right leg is still weak from the nerves being compressed for so long but I can lift my leg and I am gaining strength from doing home exercises and physical therapy. . Dr Cairone gave me my life back. A pain free life. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me. I am eternally grateful. He is an AWESOME doctor and I highly recommend him.
I can’t say enough about the care and treatment I recently received from Dr. Stephen Cairone from Mercer Bucks Orthopaedics. After several exams (EMG and MRI) for issues regarding my loss of hand strength and dexterity, I was referred to Dr. Stephen Cairone, of Mercer Bucks Orthopaedics as “The Guy” to see. I found him to be friendly, informative, and most importantly, he took the time to explain what needed to be done, what I could expect, and he did so in terms I could understand. After showing me the test results and explaining what was happening, it was obvious that surgery was the only option in order to halt the progression of disk degeneration in my neck that was causing my inability to function correctly. It was clear that continuing to ignore this situation would only make matters worse so I finally agreed to schedule the surgery. The Cervical Disc Fusion surgery went as planned and the very next day, I noticed improvements in both of my hands – a desired result that I did not expect to happen so quickly. During my first Post-Op visit, Steve, (the name Dr. Cairone prefers to be recognized by his patients), told me that the pressure on the nerves in my neck was severe and once that pressure was relieved, the nerves could start to function as they were intended. Seriously, I have found Mercer Bucks Orthopaedics to be a wonderful group to work with (Dr. Eingorn, Dr. Kleinbart, Dr. Crivello, and most recently Dr. Cairone) and will continue to recommend them to my friends and acquaintances whenever conversations lead to Orthopaedic care issues.
From the moments of being prepared for my surgery Dr. Cairone and his team treated me with such great respect and care, there was someone always by my side and when it was time to roll in they talked to me until I was asleep. I woke up to someone making sure I was okay. I followed up with Dr. Cairone two weeks after my surgery where again he made sure my healing was a priority and saw that I received appropriate time off from work to heal along with setting up my physical therapy appointments for me. Being in the military (Air Force) having a doctors approval for the month plus time off was crucial. At day one when I first met him I knew this was the right decision he gave me better care than I received on base. You see I had the injury over a year ago while I was deployed and the doctors at my deployed location just didn't really treat me all they did was give me muscle relaxers and motrin saying I was just having back spasms and after being in the desert for eight months I returned to my duty location and my doctor here immediately tried to send me to physical therapy with no other treatment...I did eight months of physical therapy already while I was deployed for two months...Dr. Cairone didn't try to brush me off or offer a quick fix or pains medication, he actually took time to see my MRI's that I had to fight to get done when being seen on base and from that moment he knew I needed surgery. If it wasn't for Dr. Cairone and I am sure I would still just being taking pain medication and doing physical therapy for my two herniated discs and a bulging disc. Thank you so much Dr. Cairone for treating me like a real patient and helping me recover!
My experience with Dr. Cairone was excellent. I had been losing sensation in my lower legs and was told that I needed a dorsal laminectomy to deal with a progressing spinal stenosis. As a professor of biomechanics, I am well aware of the procedure and sought opinions from a number of sources. A highly regarded knee surgeon recommended that I meet Dr. Cairone. I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and his explanation not only of my surgery, but of my expected recovery. He offered a comprehensive overview that gave me confidence in his skill.
The surgery was very successful. I was able to walk the evening of the operation and had no discomfort when I was discharged the following day. I have been amazed at my recovery as I started walking 1 mile a day within one week and am now able to do 4 miles a day after only two weeks. For the last five years, I have not been able to walk more than 100 yards without difficulty.
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