Dr. Kenneth Unruh, MD

Dr. Kenneth Unruh, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
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Age 36
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Dr. Kenneth Unruh, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Leawood, KS and has been practicing for 4 years. He graduated from Mayo Medical School in 2008 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery.Read his story

3651 College Blvd Ste 100B

Leawood, KS 66211

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  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Sagamore Health Network
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Unruh performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Hand Fracture
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Dr. Unruh's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Unruh "I am a fellowship trained orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon practicing in the Kansas City area. The focus of my practice is hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. My patients include those seeking treatment for injuries, nerve surgery, arthroscopy, joint replacement and reconstruction of the upper extremity. I am a member of the multi-specialty orthopedic practice of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultants. I work at several hospitals in the Kansas City area including the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute and Shawnee Mission Medical Center."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Unruh "Patient Focused - My practice gives me the opportunity to employ patient-centered care.  One of my favorite slogans is that "I treat patients, not X-rays".  This slogan means that while the diagnosis between two patients may be the same, the patients may require entirely different treatment based on their preferences, work, hobbies, interests and lifestyles.  I tailor each patient's treatment on an individual basis.

Patient Education - I believe that a well-informed, educated patient is essential to make good medical decisions resulting in outstanding medical outcomes.  Therefore, I encourage patients to ask questions, and I take the time necessary to discuss the diagnosis and treatment options.

Passion - Confucius said "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."  I am passionate about hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgery.  I hope this passion is palpable to my patients and medical colleagues.

Service - In treating patients, my primary goal is to serve.  I chose to pursue a career in medicine so that I could use what talents I have to serve others.

High Value - Value is the current buzz of the medical industry.  Value is directly related to both the quality and cost of the care a patient.  We have to be attentive to both the quality and cost when making medical and surgical decisions."

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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

85  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of Hand and Wrist
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rupture of Ulnar Collateral Ligament of Thumb
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Thumb Basal Joint Arthritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Injuries
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48  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Basal Thumb Joint Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Surgery
  • Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition (LRTI) for the Thumb
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Repair
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Replacement
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Tendon Repair
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement
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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of Kansas / Main Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2004
  • Mayo Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
  • Indiana Hand Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Unruh has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Unruh's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Unruh to family and friends
18 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

  • 5
    (16)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (1)

Dr. Unruh's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

I had developed thumb pain in grasping/pinching motions and needed a doctor. Dr. Unruh first tried a less invasive method-cortisone shot, but the joints were in bad shape & needed surgery. He performed CMC arthroplasty w/tendon transfer & volar plate reconstruction. It's been 3 mos (the minimum...more
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I chose Dr. Unruh for my hand surgery because I work as an Orthopedic nurse and know his reputation and the quality of his work. I felt that, start to finish, it was a great experience, he spent lots of time explaining and educating about options and outcomes. I will be definitely beusing his...more
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Dr. Unruh spent time with me to discuss the options for my hand issue. He was very thorough in explaining possible treatments.
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Dr. Unruh is the best of the best in my opinion. He has worked on both of my thumbs removing the joints close to the wrist which involves stabilizing the removed joint and using one's own tendon tissue as a joint spacer. I was unable to grip and in terrible pain from the arthritis. I am now pain...more
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Met him as he was covering orthopedic urgent care.. He was very condescending and did not listen.
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