Kyle Kesler, MD, is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who treats the full scope of adult spine conditions, with an emphasis on decompression, motion preservation and fusion procedures. He specializes in the treatment of complex spine conditions including:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Compressive Bone Spurs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Tumors
Dr. Kesler earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Utah State University before pursuing medicine. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society.
After medical school, Dr. Kesler then completed a 5-year orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned several honors, including being named resident teacher of the year.
Dr. Kesler’s final year of training was spent in a spine surgery fellowship at Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky. There he trained under both orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, exposing him to a diverse set of surgical techniques. Dr. Kesler particularly enjoys employing the full range of surgical options available to spine surgeons –like large open procedures for scoliosis and minimally invasive microsurgery techniques that employ specialized robotics and navigation technologies. It’s this variation and opportunity to perform such a diverse set procedures that drew him specifically to orthopaedic spine as a subspecialty.
During this fellowship, Dr. Kesler also authored several nationally and internationally published presentations and papers focused on the impact of spine surgery and its ability to help improve the quality of life for patients. He is a resident member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, an organization focused on advancing orthopaedic research through education, collaboration, communication and advocacy.
“I am very conservative when recommending surgery to my patients and believe it should be the last resort,” says Dr. Kesler. “When you have the right spine team who focus on the right non-surgical options, you can often delay or avoid surgery completely and help people get back to doing what they want to do. But when surgery is the right option, our spine team gives the very best for my patients.”
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