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Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery with Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hand Surgery
Meet Dr. Deardorff, a hand surgeon specializing in acute and chronic conditions of the elbows, forearms, wrist, and hands. She specializes in treating fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, masses such as ganglion cysts.
Areas of Specialty
Hand and Upper Extremity, University of Miami at Jacksonville Memorial, Miami, Florida; 2006-2007
Orthopedic Residency, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas; 2001-2006
Doctor of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas; 2001
Learn about Returning to Work after
Upper Extremity Surgery with Dr. Deardorff
Many of the patients who come to KCOA with an upper extremity (elbow, wrist, or hand) injury, often ask how soon they’ll be able to return to work after surgery.
There are many factors to consider for each individual when it comes to getting back to activities and work, and Dr. Deardorff always ensures her patients are educated about a safe recovery timeline.
Learn about Hand Fractures
with Dr. Deardorff
If you have injured your hand and believe you may have a fracture, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hand fractures can heal quickly; therefore, ensuring your hand heals properly helps avoid problems down the road.
Dr. Deardorff, the hand injury specialist at APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, explains the importance of seeking medical care, along with factors that determine whether an injury requires surgery or simply a cast.
More About Dr. Deardorff
Dr. Valerie Deardorff is an orthopedic hand and upper extremity subspecialty surgeon in Overland Park, KS.
She treats acute and chronic conditions of the elbows, forearms, wrist, and hands including fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, masses such as ganglion cysts and many other upper extremity disorders. She is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with the certificate of added qualifications for surgery of the hand.
She spent her childhood on a farm near Wichita, Kansas and am the oldest of 4 children. Many hours spent cooking, taking care of her younger siblings, and working in the field and on the farm equipment helped make her who she is today.
While in college, she was able to spend a summer studying Italian and cooking in Florence, Italy where she was able to experience Italy as a “living museum”. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics with distinction and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
It was working on the farm that led her to find orthopedic surgery as her calling. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita, and her sense of adventure sent her to Miami, Florida for a Hand Surgery Fellowship. However, a Midwestern farm girl at heart, she happily returned to Kansas in 2007.
Outside of Work
Dr. Deardorff is married with 2 children. She enjoys relaxing and reading at home, and doing almost any outdoor activity. She is also adventurous and loves experiencing the world, traveling to enrich herself and her family with new food, cultures, and experiences.
Dr. Deardorff is an art history enthusiast who can spend days in a museum. Follow Dr. Deardorff on Twitter @vdeardorffmd
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