Dr. Shawn Hennigan

Orthopedic Surgery
Green Bay , WI
29 years experience male

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Office

Green Bay , WI

Address

1160 Kepler Drive, Green Bay , WI
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About

Bio

Since completing my training, I have chosen to limit my scope of orthopaedic surgical practice to disorders of the shoulder and elbow. As a sub-specialist, I see a large volume of problems ranging from relatively simple to very complex. Given my sub-specialty, I see a high volume of work related injuries of the upper extremity. My office has experience with handling any upper extremity injuries sustained in the workplace. We have highly trained OR teams, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation, that can professionally treat any musculoskeletal injury. I perform a high volume of shoulder replacement surgery, including reverse total shoulder replacement for rotator cuff deficient shoulders with arthritis. There are very good studies that have shown results with shoulder replacement (as well as most every other procedure) correlate with how frequently the procedure is performed. Researchers have shown lower complication rates, better outcomes, and more cost-effective care are achieved when performed at a facility doing high volumes by a surgeon performing the procedure frequently. According to the AAOS, the average orthopaedic surgeon performs 3 shoulder replacements per year. I routinely perform more than double that volume each month. Specialties advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery, rotator cuff repair, instability (Bankart) repair, suprascapular nerve decompression, SLAP repair, biceps tenodesis,total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement, shoulder fracture repair, elbow fracture repair, total elbow replacement, redial head replacement, ulnar nerve decompression/transposition, arthroscopic elbow surgery, tennis elbow surgery, Tommy John surgery, elbow ligament repair/reconstruction, distal biceps repair

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Elbow disorder: Any problem that affects the feel and function of the elbow joint. The job of the elbow is to place the hand into space where it can perform a specifi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Cuff pain: Classicl symptoms associated with a rotator cuff injury include us deltoid pain referred into the upper arm. Pain worsens with reaching and lifting, a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
No: Tennis elbow is a specific diagnosis. It happens to be the most common cause of lateral elbow pain, but there are many other diagnoses. See an upper ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder Rehab: Rehab following total shoulder replacement is critical to return the patient to function. Initial goals of surgery include reduction in pain. Initial ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Capal tunnel release: Surgery for carpal tunnel involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to make room for the median nerve. It can be done through an incision at the... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder fracture: Patients usually have an abrupt onset of pain, almost always following a trauma. On examination, there is an area of tenderness. Range of motion is l... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder replacement: Full recovery following shoulder replacement surgery often takes 12 months or more to reach maximum improvement.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Posterior labrum: Posterior labrum tears can occur in posterior shoulder dislocation, or when the numeral head (ball) is forced backwards on the socket. Symptoms inclu... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain after surgery: Interscalene block can be helpful at blocking pain before surgery. This has been shown to reduce post-op pain immediately after surgery, and in the we... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Decision how to treat clavicle depends on a number of factors. Fractures that would likely not heal should be fixed acutely. Fractures with significan... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Elbow fracture: Most common elbow fracture involves the radial head. Many occur from a simple fall onto outstretched arm. Fortunately, many do well without need for ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Finger injury: I recommend you have an x-ray immediately. If fractured, see a hand surgeon asap. If not, get the finger moving to lessen chance of stiffness.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Go for it: I don't think exercise of any type would worsen scoliosis. To the contrary, exercise can provide further stability to the spine, which may help contro... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder arthritis: There are any treatments for shoulders arthritis. Avoidance of painful activities, nsaids, injections of steroid, and injections of viscosupplements. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Tennis elbow is considered a overuse injury. That means that the rate of tissue injury exceeds the body's ability to heal it. The tissue breakdown is ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Most patients return to normal function, no pain. 90% improve without surgery using nsaids, tennis elbow strap, ot, cortisone injections. Only 10% re... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
NSAiDs: Quickest relief for acute shoulder pain is continuous ice, and adult dose of nsaid. Ibuprofen is 2400mg per day in 3 or 4 divided doses. Naprosyn (nap... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Several causes: Mechanical symptoms in the shoulder arise most commonly from thickening of the subacromial bursa, a thin membrane of tissue between the rotator cuff a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
2-4 weeks: Most tendonitis/bursitis resolves with rest, ice, and nsaid's. If symptoms persist, consider being evaluated by a shoulder specialist. Occasionally,... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injectio... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Physical Therapy: A good place to start is with a good pt. The goal is to have good muscle balance between the intrinsic shoulder stabilizers (rotator cuff) and extrins... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Most light activities are initiated 2 weeks post-op, with lifting around 6 weeks. Progressed thereafter as tolerated. Many patients experience disco... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Typically i recommend combination of general anesthesia with a regional block (inter scalene of supraclaviclar). Blocks do have risks, and these shoul... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder exercise: Exercises to maintain range of motion are essential. Strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff and the muscles surrounding the scapula can also imp... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Cubital tunnel: A more common cause of the described symptoms is compression of the ulnar nerve behind the elbow. Tingling from ulnar nerve goes into the small and ri... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Several causes: Olecranon bursitis has several different etiologies. Most common is aseptic bursitis, where the fluid is similar to synovial fluid. Second most common... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Some surgeries can be painful for a while. Others are much less painful. Rotator cuff surgeries tend to cause more pain than instability repairs. If ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Neck or shoulder: Pain in scapular area or between neck and shoulder is likely coming from your neck. Pain in your upper arm that goes down the upper arm toward the el... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Treatment: What to do depends upon how it affects you. At times, labral tears may require surgical repair. You should see a shoulder specialist for a compete ev... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Get evaluated: There are many causes of arm pain. First eliminate causes that could take your life, such as a heart attack. Once you eliminate the "bad stuff", you c... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Initial management includes rest, nsaids, maintenance of range of motion. As symptoms improve, progress activities as tolerated. If no improvement or ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Diagnosis?: There are many causes of shoulder pain. One of the more common causes includes referred pain from your neck. Getting to the bottom of things can be c... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Elbow pain: Tendinitis is pain which arises from tendons, while arthritis pain arises from the joint surfaces. Usually in arthritis, there is some measurable loss... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pseudo paralysis: Clavicle fracture in a baby is suspected in large babies following a difficult vaginal delivery. There may be a muffled crepitus when pressing over th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Ganglion cyst: A gangling cyst arises from a joint. The fluid in the cyst is synovial, or joint, fluid.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
AVN: Unfortunately, probably not. Pain from avn related to "dead bone" initially. In later stages, collapse of the bone with loss of normal shape, and ulti... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Up to 1 year: Tennis elbow can be stubborn. Symptoms can last for up to 1 year or more. Fortunately, patience usually pays off. Non-op care is successful in 90% of... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
TFCC: Tfcc is a small piece of cartilage in the wrist, at the end of the ulna. Injury is one of the most common causes of ulnar sided wrist pain. If pain h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder pain: I recommend you avoid use of a sling for shoulder pain. A sling promotes stiffness, which in and of itself can lead to increased pain. Try ice, nsai... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Elbow pain: It is unlikely that you injured yourself by simply extending your elbow. There are a number of common elbow problems that may hurt when the elbow exte... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
X-ray: Best method of diagnosis is x-ray. Occasionally, when a fracture is suspected, but x-ray is not diagnostic, other studies may be recommended. This may... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Surgery: At age 23, the most common "lesion" is detachment of the anterior labrum, or a bankart tear. Less commonly, you can tear the ligament from its humeral... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Done: If it reoccurs after one attempt, it is very unlikely that aspiration alone will be a permanent fix. If it is painful, consider having it surgically e... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Subacromial space: Injections for pain associated with rotator cuff injuries are usually placed in the subacromial space.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Tennis elbow : Treatment begins with a correct diagnosis. I usually recommend a course of nsaids, avoidance of painful activities, use of a counter-force brace. Form... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Neuritis: You are describing a condition called neuralgia parasthetica. It commonly results from compression of a sensory nerve called the lateral femoral cutan... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Septic hip: Septic joints need surgical drainage, cultures of the synovial fluid, and long term IV antibiotics.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Any: The triceps extends the elbow. You don't necessarily need your rotator cuff for elbow extension. You can effectively isolate your triceps with your ar... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Shoulder replacement: Pain from the arthritis is often much better right away. Pain from the surgery may be significant initially, but responds well to meds. Happiest patie... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
IM rod: Can usually be done as an outpatient procedure, assuming no medical issues of surgical complications. Typically an incision is made in same location a... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hennigan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hennigan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Is it possible for a 4 month old tfcc tear to heal on its own. Pain is 1/10 when i do a curling motion but doesn't seem to be going away. Wi
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My shoulder cracks and pops when I move it and hurts I don't know what to so need answers I play sports year round thank you.
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Thank You ! Going to see my surgeon. Hope he drains it. Physical therapist told me to go and that is what it needs. Lateral release July

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Patients Choice Award 2011
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

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