Orthopedists specialize in problems affecting bones, joints or the related muscles, tendons and ligaments. Orthopedists set broken bones, treat joint conditions such as dislocated or slipped disks, arthritis and back problems, bone tumors and skeletal birth defects. They may also surgically repair or replace hip, knee and finger joints. Recovery from almost any orthopedic problem requires time. It often takes considerable time to heal a fractured bone or to recover from a back injury. Many serious diseases and disorders treated by orthopedists require rehabilitation, counseling, and treatment.
Kevin Vanden Berge, M.D.
Dr. Vanden Berge is a Stephenville native and a former Tarleton State University graduate. He completed a double major in Biology and Chemistry at Tarleton State where he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate for Chemistry and graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his time at Tarleton, he received numerous accolades and scholarships. He received his Medical degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center where he decided to pursue orthopaedics. During his time at Texas Tech, he performed research on pelvic ring injuries.
Following medical school, Dr. Vanden Berge completed his orthopaedic residency at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where he obtained vast experience in musculoskeletal trauma and fracture care. During his residency, he acted as assistant team physician to local high schools. He trained for four months in England at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital improving his orthopaedic expertise. Believe it or not, he even had the opportunity to fix a chimpanzee’s broken arm at the Dallas Zoo. Through these experiences, he has become well versed in numerous orthopaedic procedures and has focused on helping patients return to their active lifestyles.