Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD

Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 50
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Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD is a hand and upper extremity surgery doctor who practices in Pewaukee, WI. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 25 years. Read his story

N15W28300 Golf Rd

Pewaukee, WI 53072

Contact Information

(262) 544-5311

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  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
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Shoulder Disorders
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Arm Surgery
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Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
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Dr. Papandrea's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Papandrea "Triple board certified (Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine) surgeon who specializes in the upper extremity (from the finger tip to the shoulder blade and clavicle). Over 20 years experience in orthopedics, with training from both Harvard and the Mayo Clinic."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Papandrea "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 patient. What is best for one person may differ from another patient with a similar problem due to profession, activity level, or other medical conditions.My philosophy is simple: listen, do a thorough examination of the affected and related areas, and then treat the problem the same way I would treat it in my own family member."


  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • General Hand Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • 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 Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Pain
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Advanced Tendon Reconstruction
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • 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,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Papandrea's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Papandrea to family and friends
based on 195 total reviews (47 with comments)
Dr. Papandrea's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (47)
in New Berlin, WI |
Dr.Rick Did a full shouler replacment on me. I am 82 years so late in life. It was great it is a really great impriovment. I wish I had done it a few years ago . I play tennis a bit and seven month after the operation I served a ace .I had not been able to do that in over 10 years.If you are thinking of a shoulder replacement this is the guy you want to do it.
in Milwaukee, WI |
After having 2 prior surgeries on my left shoulder by another surgeon, i asked my family doctor who she thought could help, she recommended Dr Papandrea. I felt very comfortable with him and his explanations of what needed to be done. After undergoing the surgery and physical therapy it was remarkable the results that i accomplished, even my physical therapist was amazed at the range of motion and strength that i gained back from the surgery. To this day i am so very grateful to Dr Papandrea.
in Fremont WI |
Doctor Papandrea and his surgical staff are excellent!!! I had a growth removed from my elbow that was causing extreme nerve pain. My surgical experience was comfortable, professional, and done with medical excellence. The surgery was successful and my pain is completely gone. I would highly recommend Doctor Papandrea!!! Extremely skilled!!
in Brookfield, WI |
I was grateful to get a timely appointment and evaluation after my injury. Was again grateful that Dr. Papandrea was able to schedule my surgery to coincide with a week of vacation. I found the office, surgery center, and postoperative physical therapy to all be efficient, friendly and competent. Would definitely recommend the Dr. and surgery center, also easy access off I94!
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr. Papandrea is not only a good Dr. he is a Dr. who cares. He provided me all the information and contact info for my procedure and after care that was needed. His follow up was a pleasant surprise and I would highly recommend him.
in Fort Atkinson, WI |
I have FSHD which is a form of muscular dystrophy that atrophies all the muscles around the scapula/upper body area. Dr. Rick Papandrea was referred to me from a physician's assistant in Madison for a surgery known as scapular fixation. It was the first time he had ever performed the surgery and I was so happy with how the right fixation went I had the left side done within 5 months of the first one!
in Germantown, WI |
I have been a patient of Dr Papendrea's for close to 10 years now. What Dr Papendrea brings to the table that I find great is his extreme wealth of knowledge, super surgical skills & more importantly his overall "true" compassion for both patients & their families. Without his skills, I would have very limited function in both shoulders & hands (when I say hands,it's ALL of my fingers). I would highly recommend Dr Papendrea to my family, close friends & any in need of his help.
East Troy, WI |
My nasty shoulder was complicated by rheumatoid arthritis, making the simplest movement (and sleeping) very difficult. Dr. Papandreou skillfully repaired my shoulder and was also very kind. His staff is excellent as well. Could not be more pleased!
in Helenville WI |
He made me feel very comfortable in my decision to have surgery. I liked his demeanor and confidence.
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr. Papandrea in my mind is the preeminent physician and surgeon for shoulder surgeries. Fall of 2015 after exhausting rehab and other therapies, I saw him for a right shoulder injuries that has chronically hurt since high school. He was patient, listened to my story, and educated me on the injury (torn labrun) and how to resolve it. 4-6 months later I was throwing pain free for the first time in 15 years. When I injured my left shoulder similarly this year, he got me back to health.
Milwaukee, WI |
Thoughtful, knowledgeable, experienced and attentive doctor. Surprised he called me at home @ 9PM after a fairly minor procedure to see how I was doing!
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr Papandrea performed a Distal Bicep Tendon Repair on my right bicep tendon earlier this year in 2017. I could not have selected a more experienced orthopedic surgeon to perform this procedure. Dr Papandrea is outstanding! He is very professional and has a great way of connecting with his patients. I felt 100% comfortable in preparing for my procedure. He did an outstanding job with my surgery and I feel great! I highly recommend Dr. Papandrea!
Waukesha, WI |
Excellent doctor and surgeon. I had a total shoulder replacement done in Denver. It failed and became diseased. I also have lymphedema in that arm as side affect of breast cancer. To top that off I broke my arm. Dr. Papandrea worked with my Infectious Disease doctor and GP office to develop the best treatment plan to address all concerns and did total reverse shoulder replacement. He just replaced my other arthritic shoulder. Terrific! I have useful limbs again.
in Pewaukee, WI |
Dr. Papandrea did a thumb fusion for arthritis about a year ago. He was wonderful during my pre-op visits answering my many questions and explaining thoroughly what the surgery would entail and how the recovery would be. Post-op was just as explained and again questions were answered and recovery went well. After years of dealing with a painful thumb which curtailed activities, I rarely even think about that area now and can do everything with that hand. He's great!
in Fox Point, WI |
A skilled, knowledgeable ortho. with excellent communication skills. I have had pain in an elbow that was fractured in a hit & run auto accident while riding a bicycle years ago. Two years ago my elbow was so sore, weak and painful I couldn't even lift a piece of paper. Upon a rather quick examination, he suspected that I had a form of gout. I was given a cortisone shot. His diagnosis was spot on and I highly value his skills.
in Hartland, WI |
My surgery (broken clavicle) went very well. Dr. Papendrea personally met with me pre surgery, explained in detail the process and expected outcome. He again met with me in post operative, to detail expectations in next 24 -48 hours. I appreciated the hands on consultations.
in Stone Bank Wisconsin |
First surgery (shoulder replacement) and it went very well. He seemed very knowledgeable and his protocol for recovery was aggressive but it worked out perfectly for me. Playing golf at 90 days and now at 11 months, I often forget that I've had a shoulder replacement.
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr. Papandrea fit me in to a hectic schedule and delivered a surgery that was quite complicated, for which I was very grateful. My wrist surgery involved two broken bones, for which it was necessary to insert a metal plate, ten screws and a bone fragment to stabilize it. This was done in August of 2016. I now have full mobility in my wrist, with the help of a good occupational therapist, provided also through Dr. Papandrea. I am pleased with the result.
in Oconomowoc, WI |
Had two shoulder surgeries about 2 years apart, both went great. Able to move arm in 48 hrs and minor pain. Shoulders are fine after about 8 and 10 years, sleep so much better. Dr. Papandrea was great at visits and with surgery? Highly recommended!
in Brookfield |
Dr Papandrea replaced my left shoulder in November and then replaced my right shoulder 10 weeks later. I could not be more pleased with the entire out come. I have regained good range of movement in both arms and I am pain free. PS. After the surgery follow the exercise instructions, it really helps to regain motion.
in Oconomowoc, WI |
Dr.Papandrea and team rating from Alpha to Omega is Five Star.
in Pewaukee, WI |
I had pain in my left shoulder which my normal Orthopedic repaired for me...I was not able to get my movement back and Dr. Papandrea took over.....He repaired the other orthopedics work and still was not able to retain my movement....He then replaced the shoulder and my movement came back.......Thank you Dr.
in Oconomowoc, WI |
Dr.Papandrea did a left elbow replacement.I was so pleased with the surgery, I highly recommend him he explains the procedure and what to expect after surgery and recovery time.
in Muskego, WI |
I would recommend Dr. Papandrea to anyone, including family, looking for an orthopedic surgeon. His skill as a surgeon are exceptional, which leads to exceptional surgical outcome, quick recovery, and less pain. In addition Dr. Papandrea cares about his patients and is concerned with the patients outcome. For example, Dr. Papandrea called mat at home the day after my surgery and several other times to see how I was doing. The staff was excellent as well.
in Pewaukee, WI |
I have had two shoulder surgeries performed by Dr. Papandrea and both were very successful and I am back to golfing at 75 ! I am very pleased with the doctors professionalism and true caring about my condition.
in Waukesha |
Absolutely recommended! Dr. Papandrea was great with my 12-year-old daughter and her elbow surgery went very well. I was referred to Dr. Papandrea by a friend and am very happy that I was! I was very impressed when he talked to my daughter instead of directing all of the information at me as the parent. She and I both felt respected and would not hesitate to see him again if we were in a similiar situation.
in Hartland, WI |
I am extremely satisfied with the care and professionalism Rick and his team showed. The procedure went extremely well and recovery was excellent.
in Green Bay, WI |
I was referred to Dr. Papandrea from my Orthopedic Dr. in Green Bay. He told me Dr. Papandrea excelled on fixing elbows. So I got an appointment to see Dr. Papandrea. He explained my surgery to me and we set up a time and date for surgery. When I went for surgery I was impressed from the person who checked me in to the anesthesiologist and the nurses who took care of me before surgeries to the nurses that helped me in surgery. All went well. Dr. Rick Papandrea did a fantastic job on my elbow.
I had a reverse shoulder replacement in February 2015. Dr. Papandrea and his staff were wonderful. Unfortunately for me, my shoulder dislocated days after surgery. Had to go back under to have it relocated. Same things happened a few days later so I had to have surgery to replace parts of the shoulder with different sized parts. A few days later, it dislocated again. Back for another surgery to replace parts again. It has been great since that last surgery. Odd set of circumstances.
in Pewaukee, WI |
Broke my ankle May, 2016. Dr. Papandrea did an awesome job in fixing it, like new! Very grateful for the work he did and glad I had the best Doctor, treating me! Several friends who work in healthcare asked who the Doctor was that treated me. They all told me, I had the best!!
in Waukesha, WI |
I broke my wrist on 4th of July and he was able to get me in for surgery the very next morning. He even called me up on the night of the 4th personally. The surgery went very well and that night he also called me up to find out how I was doing. I was so impressed by his caring attitude! He is very knowledgeable and knows just exactly what he is doing. I have healed extremely well with my wrist and have absolutely no pain .
in Muskego, WI |
Thorough explanations! No unnecessary x-rays. Great surgeon! Did not lie or exaggerate about recovery. Recovery went well, office was always available for questions or help! Thank you!
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr. Papandrea is very professional and a great Dr. I had shoulder surgery to repair my ongoing dislocation problem with it. Wish I would of gone in sooner - so happy with the results.
in Sussex, WI |
Dr Papandrea has replaced my wife's shoulder with a reverse shoulder and the results have been wonderful. She has full movement, the therapy was very professionally done and the best part was that her torn rotor cuff did not have to be replaced. Dr Papandrea has done shoulder shoulder surgery for me by removing bone spurs. This was also a complete success. Also Dr Papandrea has removed Dupytrens contractures from both of my hands. I have never been so pain free after a surgery.
Waukesha, WI |
Very professional. He has great communication with both patient and family. Highly recommend him to anyone suffering from shoulder pain or discomfort. Had a reverse total shoulder only complaint is that I wish I did it years earlier.
in Oconomowoc, WI |
Dr. Papandrea performed a total shoulder replacement on my right shoulder in June 2015. I knew from my experience in the insurance field that he is very highly regarded. His innovative way of performing shoulder surgeries provides for earlier physical therapy. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
in Butler, WI |
Dr Papandrea took the time to explain the complete procedures for both my shoulder surgeries and takes the time to answer any questions. I had rotator cuff/muscle repair done in Sept 2015. I also had a reverse shoulder replacement done on my right shoulder in Sept of 2016. Before my shoulder replacement I could not raise my arm past chest level. I am now able to raise my arm all the way up over my head with no problems. Both shoulders are doing great and I would definitely recommend Dr Papandrea
in Waukesha, WI |
Dr. Papandrea was one of the best surgeons I have ever had. Very knowledgeable and good at what he does.. No wonder everyone I spoke to said people come from all over to have him do surgery. I have already referred him to some of my friends who are having shoulder issues.
in Muskego, WI |
Dr. Papandrea provided me with a surgical option that I did not know was possible. The results were incredible. My hand function is back to normal with absolutely no pain. I recommend Dr. Papendrea without reservation.
in Waukesha, WI |
I had broke my hand back in September of 2016 went to go see dr. Rick papandrea he was so nice so caring so thoughtful his staff was very pleasant everyone had very good attitude kindness I would recommend very strongly going to dr. Rick papandrea he helped me surgery was so successful I did not even need rehab for my hand that's how good he is
in Dousman, WI |
My experience with Dr. Papandrea was outstanding. He operated on both of my hands which were in bad shape and now they are as good as new. His skill was manifested in the result in both operations. Besides his medical skill, he was very personable and explained the procedures very clearly. His staff was equally as excellent.
in Oconomowoc, WI |
Dr. Papandrea replaced my left shoulder last year and I feel great! Not only is he an awesome surgeon, he also has a great bedside manner. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone!
in Brookfield, WI |
I have had shoulder replacement a year ago. I have full range with my arm and shoulder. I will be having my other shoulder replacement by Dr. Rick Papandrea in a week and highly recommend Dr Papandrea. His staff is also excellent in helping patient .
in Oconomowoc, Wi |
Dr. Papandrea is the best he evaluates the situation, makes a decision and gets the necessary treatment scheduled and performed. In my opinion he is the best. He gets the job done. Tom McGovern Oconomowoc, Wi.
in Mukwonago, WI |
I saw him 3 years ago after my injury did excellent job. I can't wait go back and see him again.
in Iron Mountain Michigan |
Had shoulder replacement surgery in May2015. excellent surgeon. Pain gone and Arm moves very well. Responded to all questions inquiries issues etc. before during and after surgery. Would highly recommend
in Muskego, WI |
He operated on my thumb knuckle and I had virtually no pain and I have good movement in 8 wks.
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Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
791 East Summit Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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725 American Ave
Waukesha, WI 53188
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