Dr. Alexander Palmer

Fellowship-Trained Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedic Expert

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Get To Know Dr. Palmer:

Dr. Alexander Palmer is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon practicing at Sano Orthopedics. Dr. Palmer specializes in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder care.


The challenge and gratification of returning people to function are why Dr. Palmer loves orthopedics.

Dr. Alexander Palmer grew up in Springfield, MO. He attended Drury University for his undergraduate education and Kansas City University for medical school. After completing his residency in orthopedics at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation South Pointe Hospital, Dr. Palmer completed an additional year of fellowship training in hand. Dr. Palmer developed an interest in hand and upper extremities because this challenging specialty requires comprehensive knowledge of your joints, ligaments, nerves, and soft tissue working together. His fellowship-specific training in hand and upper extremity surgery included an enormous variety of reconstructive procedures, arthroscopic surgeries, and extensive trauma training. Additionally, Dr. Palmer has developed a particular interest in advancing in-office procedures. These in-office hand procedures provide an easier, more efficient, and cost-effective patient procedure experience.

Dr. Palmer’s patients appreciate his integrity, down-to-earth demeanor, and sincere care in returning them to full function. When not at work, Dr. Palmer is busy at home with his wife and 4 daughters.


Medical School: Kansas City University; Kansas City, MO

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation South Pointe Hospital; Cleveland, OH

Fellowship: Hand & Upper Extremity – Kettering Health Network; Dayton, OH

Interests & Hobbies

Dr. Palmer has his hands full with 4 young children! Involvement in mission work is important to him. Soccer is his favorite sport and he loves all the outdoor activities, like hiking, camping, biking, and smoking meats. 


Dr. Palmer sees patients at our Grandview, MO, Leawood, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, offices.

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Dr. Palmer’s Specialties

Carpal Tunnel Sydrome

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically begin gradually and can reach varying degrees of severity. In most patients, carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time, so early diagnosis and treatment are important. Dr. Palmer is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who applies the latest techniques to reduce your downtime.

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In-Office Carpal Tunnel Release

Hand & Wrist Pain

There are many different causes and types of hand and wrist pain. The leading cause of hand and wrist pain is arthritis, inflammation of one or more joints. Other causes of hand pain include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tendon injuries, and fractures, to name a few. 

Given the complexity of the hand and wrist, seeing a hand specialist can get you on a direct path to becoming pain-free.  Dr. Palmer is known for taking the time to explain all treatment options, which may include conservative and surgical options, depending on the severity of your pain and goals.

In-Office Hand Procedures

Our goal at Sano Orthopedics is to individualize your treatment plan through evidence-based medicine to maximize your chance to return to function. We do this through innovative surgical techniques that can make obtaining care easier and more efficient. Dr. Palmer performs in-office procedures for select hand treatments, which provides an easier, more cost-effective procedure experience. 

In-Office Carpal Tunnel Release

In-Office Trigger Finger Release

Upper Extremity Fracture Management

Fractures to the hand are very common.  Professional treatment from a physician specializing in hand and upper extremity care will help get you an accurate diagnosis and thus speed up the healing timeline. 

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Alexander Palmer is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who specializes in cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome is the cause of considerable pain and disability for patients. Unfortunately, it remains an often misdiagnosed condition. Seeking medical attention from a physician who specializes in hand and wrist injuries can ensure an accurate diagnosis and quicker return to function. 

Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Arthroscopy

Dr. Palmer is a specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity care.  Arthroscopy surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions to evaluate and treat several conditions. Our goal at Sano Orthopedics is to individualize your treatment plan through evidence-based medicine to maximize your chance to return to function.

Shoulder Arthritis

Many people are aware of shoulder pain relating to arthritis, and yet many are surprised to receive this diagnosis.  Whatever the case may be, conservative and surgical treatment options exist.  At Sano Orthopedics, we take an individualized treatment approach to create a care plan based on your needs.

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Sano Introduces Dr. Alex Palmer

Sano is excited to introduce our newest orthopedic expert and surgeon, Dr. Alexander Palmer!  Dr. Palmer fills a much-needed specialty for Sano with his expertise in hand and wrist.  He comes to us from Dayton, Ohio, where he completed a hand fellowship at the Kettering Health Network.


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Introducing In-Office Carpal Tunnel Release for Fast Recovery

Dr. Alexander Palmer and Sano Orthopedics introduce In-Office Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery. With smaller incisions and without the need for general anesthesia, patients experience less pain and recover faster from surgery performed in the office.

Using ultrasound-guided minimally invasive technology and techniques, patients receive immediate relief without the typical 6 weeks of recovery.

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Dr. Palmer explains Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand, called the median nerve, is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.

My husband and I have been using Sano Orthopedics for years and have been patients of each specialist at some time. We highly recommend each specialized surgeon at Sano, plus their staff is very friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.

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