Dr. Kruse has published several papers on shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery, and has presented at medical meetings throughout the United States. He has a particularly strong interest in the use of ultrasound in the shoulder and upper extremity. He has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the use of ultrasound in the shoulder. In addition, he regularly travels around the United States and the world teaching other surgeons how to use ultrasound. His research interests also include; management of rotator cuff tears and shoulder arthroplasty.
Dr. Kruse is available for treatment of all problems involving the shoulder, elbow, and hand.
He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association of Hand Surgeons. Dr. Kruse is one of only two orthopedic surgeons in the state of Texas to hold memberships in both the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), as well as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). The ASES is an educational body of select leading national international orthopedic surgeons, open by invitation only, who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. The ASSH is the oldest medical specialty society in the U.S. devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.
Due to injuries he sustained from football Dr. Kruse personally has had to undergo several orthopaedic surgeries including on his own shoulder and elbow. This experience has given him a unique understanding as to what his patients are going through. He lives in Dallas with his wife Stephanie (a former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader), his two daughters Livia and Violet, and his son Kace. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, golf, reading, and weightlifting.
Before surgery, I couldn’t touch the top of my head and I had constant pain. I am very pleased with the replacement of my Right Shoulder by Dr Kruse at Texas Orthopaedic Associates. The staff at his office and surgery center were professional and accommodating, deserving a “10 plus” rating. Following surgery, I went to Physical Therapy three times per week for 6 weeks, which was a “must”, and very beneficial. Three months after surgery, I had no pain and I’m back to hitting golf balls and shooting basketball. At the age of 79, I feel very fortunate to have such great results!
Thanks to you Dr Kruse I have mobility that I would never have had. I feel like you truly care about your patients and you are very knowledgeable of the surgery and the healing. I think it helps that you have had shoulder surgery yourself so you can sympathize with us. Thanks again! :-)
I am a 57 year old male who injured my shoulder back in my days of playing hockey. For years I ignored the pain until the cortisone injections failed to offer any relief to my injured left shoulder. My shoulder became progressively worse over years due to severe arthritis and bone spurs. Soon, my struggles due to restricted mobility and strength loss simply became too much.
Upon visiting Texas Orthopedic Associates in December 2016 and in meeting with Dr. Kevin Kruse I decided to have reverse shoulder replacement. First, it is extremely important to note how comfortable I immediately felt upon meeting Dr. Kruse. He reviewed both my scans and x-rays and completely explained the severity of my injury. Dr. Kruse further took the time to explain what I was to expect concerning the operation, post operation, and recovery. Dr. Kruse was fully confident this surgery would be a life changing event. One that would again allow me to regain nearly full mobility of my shoulder.
Almost immediately post-surgery the constant pain was gone. I am six weeks out from my surgery date and I feel great! Many people simply associate surgery with pain and lengthy recovery, however I can tell you my experience was one of great success with very limited discomfort. Yes, there was a recovery period with medication, nerve block and a brace, but the (my) outcome was a blessing.
I want to recognize Dr. Kruse’s entire staff for taking genuine care of me as I am a very difficult patient by nature. Dr. Kruse whose specialty is shoulders is a highly talented surgeon and I offer my highest regards.
The decision to have a total shoulder replacement last year is a decision I will never regret. Both the pain and the restrictions in the use of my arm are gone. It’s as if there had never been a problem with my shoulder. Recovery from the replacement surgery was not as bad as I thought it would be; it was much easier than the recovery of my broken shoulder 6 years prior to the surgery.
If anyone is in need of a shoulder replacement, I highly recommend that it be done sooner rather than later – and preferably by Dr. Kruse, who skillfully guided me through the entire process.
Diane Martindale, JD, PhD