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Dr. Shawn Hennigan

Orthopedic Surgery
Green Bay , WI
28 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Pain with deformity: Most ankle fractures occur from a twisting injury. If you had an injury, and have difficulty standing or walking because of pain, have an evaluation.... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Should: You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic to be diagnosed. If you have. Rotator cuff tear that is painful, surgery to repair the tear is the most reli... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Clarify: By "in the same condition" i assume you mean not healed. If yes, may need exchange nailing, meaning the existing rod is removed, the femur is reamed, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Paralyzed?: Not sure what you mean by paralyzed. Surgery is done to keep the shoulder from dislocating. With multiple dislocations, need complete work-up to deter... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 28 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Usually months: Pain typically lasts several months to some degree, and depends upon severity as well as activity requirements of the patient. Rest is an essential c... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 28 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Depends...: Ac joint resection is an arthroscopic procedure, typically done for ac pain. Recovery is fairly quick, typically less then 3 months.Reconstruction of ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
DVT vs ischemia: Dvt is formation of clot in veins, which are responsible for returning blood back to the heart. Claudication is pain associated with decreased blood f... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Treatment for carpal tunnel includes bracing, nsaids, carpal canal injection of cortisone, and surgery.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Blood supply: The supraspinatus is most commonly torn for a couple of reasons. First, the tendon gets blood supply from attachment site on bone, and from muscle. Be... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Shoulder replacement: Total shoulder replacement is a technically demanding procedure. Results have been shown to be vastly better when performed by a surgeon who performs ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Orthopedic surgery: The american academy of orthopedic surgery has an excellent website for patient information. Try www.Orthoinfo.Aaos.Org. Good luck!
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Scapular winging: Treatment for scapular winging depends on cause. Complete diagnosis may require a test to see if the nerves to specific muscles are working. If muscl... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
PT for instability: Most patients who have "loose ligaments" in their shoulder can improve enough with strenghtening exercises (physical therapy) that surgery is not requ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Thoracic outlet: Symptoms include vague pain in the upper arm and axilla. Frequently, numbness is felt into the hand, especially into the little and ring finger. Pain... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
IM rod: Recovery following insertion of a rod depends on why it was used (i.e. What bone, how badly fractured was bone, was it open). Most fractures are stab... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Ulnar nerve : The ulnar nerve can be released and moved in front of the elbow joint. It is usually maintained there in a pocket either on top of the muscle (subcuta... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Bursitis: Typically over the counter nsaids, like Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen). Ice may help. If no improvement, consult with an orthopedic surgeon for a di... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 28 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Elbow ligament: Tommy john surgery is reconstructive surgery of the medial ulnar collateral ligament? It is not performed for shoulder inflammation.
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Clavicle fracture: Clavicle fractures are difficult to immobilize. They are not castes. We used to use figure of 8 harness, but results same using simple sling. And slin... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Clavicle: Most common cause of changes to the clavicle are related to new bone formation after fracture. If there is no known trauma, i recommend evaluation an... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Hip fracture: Most common symptoms of a fractured hip include lateral hip or groin pain following an injury. Patients typically cannot bear weight on the affected h... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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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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
HealthTap member
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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