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Dr. Sean Kearney

Orthopedic Surgery
Vass, NC
male

Locations

Office

Vass, NC

Address

Vass, NC
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My office hours

Tuesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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About

Bio

As an actively practicing board-certified orthopedic surgeon, I possess up-to-date knowledge and skills in orthopedic and sports medicine conditions and their treatments including sports injuries, fractures, joint arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions. I would be happy to assist with any orthopedic questions or concerns you may have.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Nebraska, North Carolina, Washington

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Synvisc (hylan g-f 20): Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is an animal product, made out of the rooster's comb (red object on the rooster's head). One of the side effects is allergic re... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Weight on joints: Your weight can certainly have effects on your joints, especially the hips, knees, ankles. Luckily, you are young, so making lifestyle changes can sav... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Scoliosis: No, scoliosis is not caused by posture . It is typical a congenital (birth) or genetically related condition of the teenage years. Poor posture may ca... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Neck pain: These symptoms you describe are worrisome for spinal cord compression. You need to be evaluated by an orthopedic spine surgeon, complete with cervical... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Torn ATFL: Ankle sprains often result in a torn ATFL. Initial treatment for ankle sprains is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). After 10-14 days of thi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee pain: Anterior (front of the knee) pain most commonly occurs in young active females. The symptoms you describe are typical. Luckily the condition can usual... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee replacements: Total knee replacements have traditionally been cemented on the femoral and tibial sides, but non-cemented versions are becoming more attractive for s... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Herniated disc : Herniated disc with compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine can lead to numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremity. Over 6-8 weeks, ther... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Herniated disc: Yes, it is common for a herniated disc to be reabsorbed over 4-6 weeks after injury. Barring the "red flag" symptoms (new onset bowel/bladder dysfunct... Read More
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A member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Risky: A full thickness MCL tear is a serious injury. This may be associated with other knee injuries, including ACL tear, meniscus tear, or joint cartilage ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle pain: Sounds like you have had multiple lower extremity surgeries with some resulting ankle pain. There are many possible causes of your symptoms to include... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Fractured pinky: This all depends heavily on which bone in the small finger was fractured. Typically, fractures in the hand take 4-6 weeks to heal, therefore, requirin... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Could be Marfans: The 2 characteristics you mention are common in Marfan's, but not necessarily diagnostic. If you are concerned, see your primary care provider and see... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve pain: A pins and needles sensation is usually indicative of nerve pain. If you have been relatively inactive and then start a high intensity workout program... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Puppy scratch: This is likely a reaction to a scratch. Very unlikely to be a "flesh eating bacteria". Recommend cleansing the wound with soap and water, keeping it c... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain Meds: Narcotic pain medications, like Percocet, have lots of side-effects. Most common are drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and restlessness. Feeling "hot"... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Metacarpal fracture: Removing pins for a metacarpal fracture after 3 weeks may not be unreasonable, depending on the nature of the fracture. Typically pins are removed aft... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Golfing: Playing golf with broken ribs is unlikely to cause any long term problems. Depending on when the injury occurred, how many ribs are broken and the loc... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ganglion cyst: This is a ganglion cyst of the wrist. Very common, not serious, but can cause the problems you describe. If it continues to be bothersome, recommend g... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee injuries: If the knee injury is recent (within 2 weeks), the ankle swelling is likely the result of the injury to the lower extremity itself. This is especially... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee injury: Usually knee swelling will resolve over 4-6 weeks with an isolated ligament tear, such as ACL or MCL tear. If swelling persists, you may have addition... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Recommend surgery: With moderate to severe AC joint arthritis, there are minimal to no non-surgical options. There are no high quality medical studies supporting PRP or ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
MRI: MRI of the hip would confirm this.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Pelvis fractures: There are essentially 2 different types of pelvis fractures, stable and unstable. Unstable fractures require surgery and would beidentified prior to h... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Muscle pain: The most likely cause is a muscle strain. The sternocleidomastoid functions in neck rotation, so a strain can result from overuse of the neck muscles ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Heal a meniscal tear: Depending on the type of meniscal tear you have, healing naturally varies. If it is a recent injury, recommend RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle fractures: Trimalleolar ankle fractures are significant injuries to the lower extremity. Assuming you had surgical treatment, remaining non-weight bearing on the... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Finger fracture?: This crush type injury to the finger may have resulted in a fracture if the distal phalanx (end bone of the finger). This could explain why the swelli... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee replacement: 6 months after total knee replacement, swelling should be resolved. If it persists, there are several possibilities, including infection, irritation f... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Osgood Schlatter's: The shape of the tibial tubercle (or attachment of the knee cap tendon) varies among individuals. Some have large prominences here, others not. Osgood... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle fractures: The goal of the surgical treatment of your ankle fracture is to reconstruct the ankle joint back to normal. As long a the bone heals in the appropriat... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Meniscus tears: Recommend formal consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. Consider a virtual consult.
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Seek evaluation: Ocean water carries many harmful organisms. An open wound sustained in ocean water should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to ensure appropri... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Seek Orthopedic Eval: Sometimes minor puncture injuries around a finger can penetrate into the joint. This is especially true on the "top" (dorsal) finger. This can deliver... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hamate fracture: It typically takes 8-12 weeks for a hamate fracture to heal completely, longer if you use nicotine products. 4 weeks of casting is recommended, follow... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Athletes Foot: You have athletes foot, common in teenagers and people who are physically active, use public showers, and/or sweat in their shoegear. Recommend treatm... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Talus fracture: An avulsion fracture of the lateral process of the talus will usually heal in 6-8 weeks, longer if you use nicotine products. Protected weight bearing... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder pain: This is likely a strain type injury. Recommend rest, ice, compression, and an over the counter anti- inflammatory (ibuprofen or naproxen). If symptoms... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
ACL Tear: If your injury is recent, within 2-3 weeks, knee pain and swelling is normal with an ACL injury. Popping can be related to the swelling in the knee. A... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Carpal tunnel : Typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness, tingling, and/or pain in the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. This can be pa... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Back pain: Being young and fit, you have unlikely caused any serious damage. The awkward twisting likely resulted in a strain/sprain type injury of the spine. A ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hip pain: Hip pain can be from many different sources, including bursitis, muscle strains, low back pain, and actual hip joint conditions. The most common condi... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Recommend Ibuprofen: For muscle stains, recommend an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Narcotics, like Vicodin, are only pain relievers and do... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee pain: Knee pain can be from several sources. In someone doing heavy squats, conditions like patellar or quadriceps tendonitis is common. This would show up ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Meniscus tear: You essentially have 2 separate conditions affecting your knee, a meniscus tear and patellar arthritis. Surgery for meniscus tears is very successful ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Jersey finger: Jersey finger is, by definition, injury to the flexor tendon attachment to the distal phalanx of the finger. If you are unable to flex the end joint o... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Broken finger: If you had an injury to the finger, recommend getting xrays to rule out a fracture. In a young, active male with a painful, swollen finger, this would... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Seek medical care: This is unusual, but serious. If the coccyx is truly exposed through the skin, infection can result. Recommend immediate evaluation at the emergency d... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
AC joint: The shape of the AC joint varies significantly among people. Some can have very prominent joints, while others have smoother appearing joints. There c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Meniscus: As the body ages, degenerative (or age-related) changes of the meniscus are common, including tears and varying degrees of "extrusion" (or bulging out... Read More
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Superb orthopedic doctor
HealthTap member
Nov 26, 2015
I very much appreciate Dr. Kearney taking time out of his schedule to answer my question.!
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you not slept as single mum work full time and dr rang me said its quite bad tear and large cyst quite visble side knee hard mass i said i cannot at moment take ti...Read More
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thank u so much!i have a long wait until i can see my surgeon for his interpretation of my mri,so i'm very anxious. i did not reinjure, so don't know what happened.my only exercise has been walking.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yes mri,been done and still weak,walk with limp. Thanks for ur answers and recommendations.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Madigan Army Medical Center

Awards

Frank B Smith Research Award, North Pacific Orthopaedic Society
Western Orthopaedic Association, The Harold and Nancy Willingham Award for Outstanding Research Paper

Affiliations

American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Society Of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
North Pacific Orthopaedic Society
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