Kathlyn J. Drexler, MD

Kathlyn J. Drexler, MD

Surgery, Orthopedics, and Orthopedics: Hand, Wrist & Elbow
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"As a surgeon, I know how important it is to have functional hands. My patients entrust me with their most valuable instrument and each one deserves my undivided attention."

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About Me

If you’re in need of hand surgery to lessen pain, restore function or improve your quality of life, count on Kathlyn Drexler, MD for specialized and compassionate care.

Expert Orthopedic Hand Surgeon

As an orthopedic hand surgeon at Avera Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Drexler offers expertise in the surgical treatment of a variety of hand conditions due to injury, trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, congenital hand deformities, arthritis and more.

“I have passion for solving problems to make lives better,” she says. “I chose to specialize in hand surgery because I have such awe and respect for the human hands. They’re what we use to connect and communicate with others, and achieve our greatest accomplishments.”

Dr. Drexler enjoys working with her patients to develop personalized solutions that meet their goals. “Many of the operations that I do are fairly simple from a surgical standpoint, but are life-changing for my patients.”

Active & Adventurous Lifestyle

As someone who’s lived her entire life in Texas and New Mexico, Dr. Drexler looks forward to the new adventure of living in South Dakota. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking and rock climbing. “Since my career requires so much time indoors, I like to maximize the fun and enjoyment of being outside in my free time,” she says.

Learn more about orthopedic surgery at Avera.



University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, Medical School


Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Orthopedic Surgery


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Hand and Microvascular


September 28, 2022
I couldn't have been more pleased.
September 24, 2022
Dr. Drexler was very kind and thorough.
September 16, 2022
Dr Drexler was excellent at explaining the pros/cons of another treatment vs proceeding with surgery. She also was able to explain the surgery process as well as what to anticipate as far as recover and need for time off work. I appreciated all of the information.
August 05, 2022
Dr. Drexler was so professional and explained my problems thoroughly. She was awesome!
July 09, 2022
June 29, 2022
Dr Drexler is outstanding.
June 08, 2022
May 06, 2022
I plan on recommending this doctor to anyone that is having difficulties with their hands! She by far has been one of the best doctors I have ever had in my 53 years!
April 22, 2022
Dr. Drexker and her staff are awesome!! When my surgical options changed, they worked with me and my small anxiety about the change. They really helped me with my decision.
March 30, 2022
Pleasant and professional treatment.
February 24, 2022
My original Surgery was at a Hospital in Az and the Avera experience was far and above that.

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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