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Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery ·  Male · Age 51

Dr. Papandrea

Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD is a hand and upper extremity surgery specialist in Pewaukee, WI and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from University Of Wisconsin Medical School in 1992 and specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, sports medicine, and more.


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Probably the most professional surgeon I have ever met. Patient, good listener, on time, thorough, compassionate and concerned are words I would use to describe Doctor Papendrea. The outcome of my surgery was 100% successful and I have recommended him to several people with shoulder issues.
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Elbow surgery. He's the best. Very deliberate in his words and actions. Made a 3-D model of the bones the night before surgery and explained to me the morning of what he was doing using that model. Top notch service.
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From start to finish he was caring and made sure I knew what would take place. He made sure I was comfortable. His staff was caring and efficient and timely. Surgery was a success and recovery was complete. I was extremely satisfied and would recommend him.
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Right Rotator Cuff repair in2018. After one year the shoulder feels outstanding and have returned to full activities including golfing and bird hunting. Outstanding surgeon and very professional. Age at time of surgery was 71 with well worn sports body.
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I had a shoulder replacement with Dr. Papandrea on 10/23/19. I am amazed at how well I have healed and continued to heal. I attribute this to the surgeon, Dr. Papandrea, whose skills and knowledge far out way any orthopedic shoulder care I have ever had in the past. I feel as though I have my life back. Dr. Papandrea has always showed me the utmost caring side and kept me informed always. I could not have been in better hands. A heart filled Thank you.
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I had broken my elbow as the result of a fall. Dr Papandrea operated to repair the damage. I am thoroughly impressed with the mobility that I have in less than 3 months from the surgery date. As a result of the situation, I did not have the time to research a doctor; he was chosen for me by the urgent care clinic. They could not have made a better choice! I would not hesitate to use him again if it were necessary.
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excellent
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Very good
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Dr. Papandrea is extremely knowledgeable, skillful and personable. Like you, I also did a search before hand, and found many positive comments. My surgery was quite complicated involving bone removal, instrumentation and fusion in the wrist and hand (he called it 3 surgeries in one). Within 2.5 months I was already back to doing many of the things I was unable to do for quite a long time. If future needs arise, I will be back in to see Dr. Papandrea once again.
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Dr. Papandrea is a very skilled surgeon. He cares about you as a person and wants to help you feel better. I would highly recommend Dr.Papandrea for any hand, arm or shoulder needs. You will not be disappointed with the care he provides.
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Dr. Papandrea cared for me when I had a recent serious hand injury. He was very professional, yet personable. He went out of his way to be available for all of my questions. My hand turned out really well and I am back at work. His office staff were great. The hand therapist was also very helpful. I would very highly recommend him.
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Great upper extremity surgeon. Fabulous results for all 3 surgeries he's done for me. Added bonus is his PA, Ryan Hamm, is excellent, caring, & responsive when needed.
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I had a wonderful experience with Dr Papandrea. He performed arthroscopic clean up on my TFCC complex meniscus. Surgery was July of 2018 and October of 2018 I was back to mostly full use. Very pleased with the outcome.
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Dr. Papandrea is definitely worth the wait to get an appointment with him. He has a very quiet, calm, yet confident demeanor. He was also the surgeon who performed the surgery on my son's thumb. I recently saw him for a rotator cuff injury. After other treatments didn't work I had it repaired surgically. He called me the next day to see how I was doing and gave me his personal number to call him for any complications. I am 3 months post surgery and I am back to 80% mobility. Excellent Dr.
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Outstanding, very professional, provided clear and all of the information that I needed for my shoulder surgery. He took the time to answer all of my questions and made sure that I understood all of the pros and cons for having the replacement.
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The best of the best by far. Excellent care and is concerned that you are well taken care of. Goes above and beyond expectations. I will never be able to thank him enough for all he has done for me.
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I had a very positive experience with Dr. Papandrea. He removed a ganglion cyst from my thumb. He explained my problem and offered me options for treatment. I was well informed about the procedure in advance. I was impressed when he personally called my home that evening to see how I was doing. I felt that he showed genuine interest in my surgery results and after effects. I was also pleased with the ease of contacting professional staff with a question a week after the surgery.
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Dr. papandrea operated on my daughters elbow after a soccer injury. He was hands down the most caring, knowledge doctor I have ever met. Not only was he wonderful with his bedside manner with a 13 year old girl, but he gave the most personal attention and care to his patient that I have ever seen. He personally called her after surgery to check on her and he gave us his cell number to call if we had any concerns over the weekend. Thank you Dr. Papandrea.
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Dr. Papandrea is one of the best. He did my shoulder replacement and I was pain free within 2 weeks. I feel lucky to have found him. Not only is he an expert in his field and a very skilled surgeon, he takes the time to listen to his patients. I never felt rushed or that he didn't have time to answer my questions.
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Dr Papandrea has done both of my shoulders and they are doing great.
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About Me

Although my focus is specialized toward the treatment of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), I first and foremost consider the patient as a whole person.Each encounter should consider what is most appropriate for the individual pat...

Specialties

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • General Hand Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Education

1999
Mayo Clinic-Elbow/Shoulder Fellowship
Fellowship Hospital
1998
Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Fellowship Hospital
1997
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1993
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1992
University Of Wisconsin Medical School
Medical School
1988
University Of Wisconsin / Madison
Undergraduate School
1999
1998
1997
1993
1992
1988

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Presentation and Layout for a Scientific Exhibit. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1996
  • Sandoz Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1991
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1992
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Medical College of WI, 2005
  • Residents Research Competition, First Place Cleveland Orthopaedic Society Biomechanical, Cross-sectional, Clinical Analysis of the epitenon-first Technique for Flexor Tendon Repair, 1995
  • Best Doctors, 2011
  • Milwaukee Super Doctors, 2011
  • Best Doctors, 2010
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002

Media & Publications

  • over 15 published articles and book chapters - please see CV,

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Dr. Papandrea accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
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First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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HealthPlus Amerigroup
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
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Humana
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Midwest Health Plan
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MultiPlan
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United Healthcare
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Medicaid
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Dr. Papandrea's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Arm Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea performs Arm Surgery more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Papandrea performs this procedure more than 95% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Osteoarthritis of Shoulder more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Shoulder Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Shoulder Disorders more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Papandrea's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Advanced Tendon Reconstruction
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Pain
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Replacement

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