Daniel J. Marek, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. Dr. Marek completed the prestigious Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center and practices at the TCO Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina – Crosstown and Waconia locations. He provides complete care of the hand, wrist, and elbow in both the adult and pediatric populations. Surgeries are predominantly performed at the Two Twelve Surgery Center in Chaska, but also at Crosstown Surgery Center in Edina and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
In his free time, Dr. Marek enjoys golf and fly fishing as well as spending time with his wife and three sons who are very active in sports. Dr. Marek coaches youth baseball and serves as the Team Physician for Chanhassen High School.
Elbow Care, including Cubital Tunnel Release, Elbow Arthroscopy, both Simple and Complex Fracture Care, Distal Biceps Repair/Reconstruction, Elbow Replacement Elbow Joint Revision and Elbow Joint Replacement
Hand Care, including Fracture Care, Carpal Tunnel Release (both Open and Endoscopic), Trigger Finger Release, Dupuytren’s Contracture Management (Needle Aponeurotomy, Collagenase Injection, and Open Release), CMC Arthroplasty, MP Silicone and Pyrocarbon Arthroplasty, PIP Silicone and Pyrocarbon Arthroplasty, Tendon Transfers and Repairs, Nerve Repairs and Mass Excisions
Shoulder Care, including Nonoperative Management of Arthritis, Bursitis and Fractures
Sports Medicine, including Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, Pediatric Fractures, Little Leaguer’s Elbow, and UCL Reconstruction (Tommy John Procedure), SL Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroscopic Management of TFCC Tears, Skier’s/Gamekeeper’s Thumb Repair
Pediatric Care, including Trigger Thumb, Ligament Injuries and Fractures
Wrist Care, including Fracture Care, DeQuervain’s Release, Wrist Arthroscopy, Ganglion Cyst Excision and Kienbock’s Disease
Dr. Marek also specializes in Upper Extremity Sports Injuries and Recreational Injuries
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery
Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Edina
Glencoe Regional Health Services
Ridgeview Medical Center
Two Twelve Surgery Center
VA Medical Center
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Hand Surgeon for 2016 Ryder Cup
Team Physician: Chanhassen High School Football
Dr. Marek has written and contributed extensively to numerous publications, including original publications, book chapters, abstracts, scientific presentations, and poster presentations.
My TCO Comeback Story
It was summer, 1964. I was 13 years old, running across Deephaven Beach on Lake Minnetonka. In midair, my left knee went out of joint and I landed in pain. This was the first of many knee challenges. By 14, I had my first surgery to correct this problem. It was gruesome and painful, and a surgery that is no longer performed. I was recently told by a TCO doc that they really didn’t know what they were doing at the time, “we were just getting started.” I spent five days in the hospital and spent six weeks on crutches in a plaster cast from foot to thigh. I couldn’t fully bend my leg for at least six months after that. The surgery seemed to help enough that I underwent the same procedure on my right knee at 17. These surgeries certainly didn’t “fix” the problems I was having, and as an adult, I would develop painful arthritis.
I downhill skied on these knees as a teenager, but would pay with extreme pain afterwards. In my 20’s and 30’s, these knees went on numerous one to two week backpack, bike and canoe trips. I led many Minnetonka High Students on these experiential wilderness trips as part of my teaching position. I would return from these adventures in serious pain. I would dance and they’d pop out of joint. By my 40’s, I had a lot of pain and had trouble functioning in my position as an art teacher. This is when my husband started doing all the grocery shopping and laundry. I was just too sore to do much after work.
I’ve visited orthopedic surgeons my entire adult life. I tried every brace imaginable, tried prolotherapy, acupuncture, had arthroscopic surgery to clean up the bone spurring (the doc said it looked like a bomb went off in my knee, it was such a mess). Some of these therapies helped for a while, but nothing lasted. There was nothing anyone could really do for me. I was always told that I needed knee replacements, but that I was way too young. Finally, at 47, I saw Dr. Wyard, whom a friend had highly recommended. He looked at my x-rays, laughed at the leg-long brace another doc had recently prescribed, and said there’s nothing to be done short of total knee replacements. He agreed to take me on! I had bilateral knee replacements on Nov. 13th, 2000, at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia.
These surgeries were not pleasant, but easier on me than the ones I had as a teen. I took an entire quarter off of school to recover. I worked very hard, icing constantly and performing the prescribed physical therapy. It was hard coming back to work, but I continued to recover the rest of the school year. By summer, I was a new person!
For nearly 20 years now, I’ve had no further problems. It’s been like a new lease on life with my “new” knees. I can bike, garden, hike, cross country ski (even downhill on occasion!), portage canoes, chase grand kids, and do a lot of yoga. I never have pain and my knees never pop out of joint!
TCO has also helped me with wrist and elbow issues in my 60’s. Once again, these issues have mostly been resolved through surgery and therapy, thanks to Dr. Marek. I’m now able to do “down dog” in yoga without fear of my elbow popping out of joint- a major improvement to my yoga practice.
I really don’t know where I’d be today without the incredible doctors, PA’s, therapists, receptionists and other staff at TCO. Everyone has been so helpful to me over the years. I really believe that without their help, I’d be confined to a wheelchair today with extreme arthritis and pain and life would be very grim for this feisty old lady. Thanks TCO and keep up the incredible work you do!
May 9, 2018
I am a nurse and have plenty of reasons not to like doctors, but Dr. Marek is one of the good guys. Exceptional care of my 3 year old daughter who needed surgery and my son who did not. Tirelessly dedicated to the best care of his patients. I am so grateful he is practicing medicine.
July 21, 2017
I have been a patient of Dr. Marek for a year now. He is a wonderful, kind and considerate doctor who listens to all of your issues and problems and works with you to figure out what he can do to help you feel better. Dr. Marek is also a very caring person and at my first appointment with him, he had a way that made you feel comfortable and at ease. He would explain everything so that you understood what your options were. My friends that have met him, also feel he is wonderful and cares about his patients. They also liked how he included them as he explained what your treatment options were. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Marek and his care team of Ryan B., PA and Cathy R., Care Coordinator for my surgical needs and follow up care.
July 21, 2017
I think that Dr. Marek is an awesome doctor. I broke my hip last August. Dr. Marek did the surgery to repair it. I told him that my family was going to Disney World in Florida in December and we asked him if he thought that would be OK. Dr. Marek told us that he would prescribe us going on the trip. When we came back, I gave him a Goofy hat that I had bought for him.
If anyone asks to have Dr. Marek for their doctor, I think that they would feel the same way I do. Dr. Marek is a really kind and caring person. He will make a family and the patient feel really special just like he does for my mom and me.
May 28, 2016
My wife Dottie had three surgeries done on her left wrist by Dr. Marek in recent months along with numerous follow-up visits. I was with her on each one of these visits. Both of us agreed that Dr. Marek was not only very professional in his approach to medical care but he also exhibited a very compassionate attitude toward Dot, explaining the surgeries in great detail and taking time to answer all her questions. The results of the surgeries were exactly what Dr. Marek advised her to expect. Dottie and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Marek as an orthopedic surgeon.
April 15, 2016
Dr. Marek and his team have given me reasons to “keep it all working!” I’ve had many surgeries with Dr. Dan and his team, and I’m forever grateful for their excellent care, encouragement and friendship. I have complete faith in him and feel truly blessed to call him my orthopedic doctor, Dr. Dan!