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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.
January 22, 2022
Doctor Drexler had very nice hands to explain the tendon's in your knuckles.
January 17, 2022
Dr. Drexler was extremely well prepared, which helped the visit feel efficient. She took the time to explain everything to me so I understood it.
January 15, 2022
Was very happy with the treatment I received
October 12, 2021
Dr. Drexler was rude, disrespectful and openly mocked me to her nurse in front of me because she disapproves of my profession. She was very unprofessional and the care I have been receiving at OI has been far superior.
September 21, 2021
My finger fracture occurred on a Saturday evening, I was seen in the ER, and I was called Monday morning to be seen asap in the clinic and had surgery at noon. I was impressed with the flexibility of the clinic and hospital schedule to allow me a timely surgery in order to give me the best healing outcome.
August 31, 2021
The doctor was very knowledgeable and awesome bedside manner. I really appreciated her.
August 31, 2021
Experience was as good as possible considering my injury
August 31, 2021
Dr. Drexler is awesome. I appreciate her time with me yesterday.
August 24, 2021
Dr was great and no wait time
July 06, 2021
A very pleasant experience. The friendly but professional attitude goes a long way in fostering confidence that my issues will have a positive outcome.
June 29, 2021
Had very good care while there.
June 22, 2021
The Dr was very nice and very concerned and cared for my hand.
June 08, 2021
Dr Drexler didn't push surgery but explained it in a way that made sense.
June 08, 2021
Very nice
June 01, 2021
you have a very awesome group of people working for avera . please let them know
June 01, 2021
All staff was fantastic!!
May 25, 2021
May 18, 2021
Relaxed and efficient appointment.
May 18, 2021
Everyone that I interacted with upheld the high standards of care that we have come to expect from Avera!
May 11, 2021
Very beautiful building. Well kept and clean. And everyone was nice.
April 20, 2021
Very good experience
April 13, 2021
Very nice people didn't waste no time in and out
April 13, 2021
Everyone was so kind and understanding of my trauma and they got me in right away
April 06, 2021
When I dithered to reschedule the injection we noticed nurse became a little displeased. Her tone of voice changed explaining to us it could be two days or next week. We never had a sure answer and decided on the immediate injection
April 06, 2021
Clerks, nurse, doctor were very approachable and friendly. Dr Drexler made me feel comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment.
March 16, 2021
I had to wait longer than I would have liked but I know sometimes that happens.
March 09, 2021
Layman's terms could be helpful when talking to patients, my level of understanding terms is not that of a specialist.
March 09, 2021
Everyone was polite and very understanding
February 09, 2021
Very good
February 09, 2021
Good experience. Dr Drexler took care of my mom so I knew she would continue with the same level of kindness to my husband. Thank you!
February 09, 2021
It seemed that I waited longer than necessary after I was in an exam room until I saw the doctor.
January 26, 2021
Dr Drexler is very cordial
January 26, 2021
Feel secure choosing this Avera
January 26, 2021
This is my first time with an Avera experience and I must say it is the best experience I've had so far with any of my medical practitioners.
January 26, 2021
nothing, all went well; would try to see the same provider if conditions get to that level
January 26, 2021
The nurse and Dr. Drexler did an amazing job at helping my son get the evaluation he needed promptly. Thank you!!!
January 12, 2021
I was thoroughly satisfied with my appointment. This was a 2nd opinion and I didn't have much hope going into it. She carefully looked over my previous test results. She asked questions and figured out what the issue was. So thankful to have a Dr who took their time and is very knowledgeable.
December 22, 2020
I wouldn't think of going to any place else but Avera Clinic or Hospital
December 22, 2020
Just very impressed by how polite everyone was, and patient, true professionals. It was a pleasant experience
December 15, 2020
I did wait 45 min in the exam room before being seen.
December 15, 2020
I was approximately 2 hours early for my appointment. I was prepared to wait no problem. They took me in right away. Was great.
December 15, 2020
Really like Dr. Drexler. She is very very thorough & knowledgeable

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