Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery •  Male • Age 53
  
Dr. Papandrea
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Orthopaedic Associates WI

N15w28300 Golf Rd Pewaukee, WI 53072

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(262) 544-5311

Dr. Rick Papandrea, MD is a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Specialist in Pewaukee, WI and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Papandrea has more experience with Shoulder/Upper Arm and Hand/Wrist than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University Of Wisconsin Medical School medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Papandrea to book an appointment.


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Dr. Papandrea accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Medicaid
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Simply Healthcare Plans
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Staywell (Wellcare)
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UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wellcare of Georgia
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WellPoint

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Practice Areas

Shoulder/Upper Arm

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder/Upper Arm specialists.

Typically treats 66% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Shoulder Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Rotator Cuff Tear
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Rotator Cuff Tear more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 89% of their peers

Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea performs Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement more than 82% of their peers

Dr. Papandrea performs this procedure more than 82% of their peers

Hand/Wrist

Hand and wrist conditions including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, and fractures or sprains, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Hand/Wrist specialists.

Typically treats 64% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 7 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist more than 83% of their peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 83% of their peers

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more than 82% of their peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 82% of their peers

Ganglion Cyst
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Papandrea treats Ganglion Cyst more than 74% of their peers

Dr. Papandrea treats this condition more than 74% of their peers

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Dr. Papandrea's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • 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
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • 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 Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Dr. Papandrea's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Papandrea

4.9

Based on 301 ratings

5 Stars
97.67441860465117%
(294)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
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(1)
1 Star
1.3289036544850499%
(4)
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  • Explained conditions well (284)
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In the last year Dr Papandrea has surgically performed total replacement of both my left and right shoulders. While it has been less than a year since my second surgery I am back to playing golf and working out at the gym. The outcome is better than I hoped for--my range of motion and lack of pain. I only wish I had done the surgeries sooner!
What went well
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Ellen – Sep 21, 2020
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I had an Outstanding experience. Dr Papandrea performed rotator cuff and bicep repair on my Right shoulder. I was fortunate to have a pain-free experience. I will go back to Dr Papandrea for my left shoulder next spring. I would highly recommend Dr Papandrea I will go back to Dr Papandrea for my left shoulder next spring. I would highly recommend Dr Papandrea
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Lou McGavock – Sep 21, 2020
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Suffered from a fractured left elbow, Dr. Papandrea performed two different surgeries to repair all damages. My elbow is now fully functioning and after both surgeries and therapy it is continuously getting stronger each day!
What went well
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Sep 18, 2020
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Both my husband and I have had procedures performed by Dr. Papandrea. We have found him to be courteous, knowledgable, professional, and extremely dedicated. He listens, he's patient, and he spends time with you. For us he proved to be a very competent and experienced surgeon. We couldn't have asked for anyone better and the hour drive to his office meant little to us. If you have need of his expertise, we firmly believe that you could not find a more accomplished surgeon. We highly and most sincerely recommend Dr. Papandrea without reservation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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Jon and Kathryn Urban – Sep 13, 2020
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Complete professionalism start to finish. Actually cares about his patients health and well being. Exceptional repair with beyond expectation results of my shoulder surgery.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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p park – Sep 11, 2020
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Dr. Papandrea was outstanding to work with. He is so extremely knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable about my Daughter having elbow surgery.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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Jenna K – Sep 04, 2020
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Dr Papandrea did surgery for dupuytren's contracture. He is one of the most humble gifted surgeons you will ever find. My hand in only 4 weeks is fully operational. He is also currently consulting on the severe arthritis in my right shoulder. If therapy can help he will send you there but is not needed he will give you suggestions. He has surrounded himself with a staff that is kind and professional. Blessed for his skills.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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R. Goll – Sep 03, 2020
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I felt very good about my visit have a lot of confidence in Dr Papandrea and have trust in him and his dicisions
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Sep 02, 2020
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I would highly recommend Dr Papandrea to all my friends and family. Which I already do. my surgery a year ago on my shoulder went very very well. I have had lots of surgeries and replacements and Dr Papandrea is one of the best Doctors I have ever had.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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cindy nagel – Aug 28, 2020
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I could not have asked for a better experience. Rick replaced my left shoulder a year ago. He has a lot of experience replacing shoulders which gave me confidence. He explained everything to me up front & answered all my questions. They did an MRI well in advance of the surgery to be sure they had the right size replacement parts. The surgery went perfectly and the post surgery discomfort was really minimal. The physical therapy was not bad at all. If you need shoulder replacement, I would wholeheartedly recommend Rick and his team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Perry Armstrong – Aug 12, 2020
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Yes, I would recommend him. He was knowledgeable of the particular, complex nature of my injuries. He took the time to walk me through what the process, timeline, and probable outcome would look like. He also worked well with the occupational therapists to make sure I was on-track during rehab, and he encouraged me to follow-up if I was still having problems, post-treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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John Schraufnagel – Aug 07, 2020
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I had surgery for a broken wrist, and could not be more pleased with the outcome of my procedure. Dr. Papandrea is a very skilled and trusted surgeon. Along with his PA Ryan, I was impressed with how well every step of my care was explained, how I always was listened to with care and compassion, and how thorough Dr. P. was from start to finish. Dr. Papandrea is highly capable, and I could not recommend him enough!
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Bev – Aug 05, 2020
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I had a total shoulder replacement in January with Dr Papandrea. The surgery and rehab went extremely well. I would trust him again if I needed any more care. Not only is he an excellent surgeon he’s a nice person and takes the time to answer all your concerns.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aug 04, 2020
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Excellent doctor. Dr. Papandrea takes time to explain all aspects of the surgical procedure. Had a positive result with first reverse shoulder and look forward to the other one this year.
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Karen M. – Jul 14, 2020
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He did a shoulder replacement for me. Did a great job! I healed very quickly and was out on the golf course sooner than anticipated. Dr. Papandrea's facility is very nice. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner. I highly recommend him!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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Johnny – Jun 27, 2020
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Rick is the best
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Kelly Haldeman – Jun 05, 2020
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Highly Recommend! Genuine surgeon who takes the time to listen and then carefully provides you with options for your problem. Surgery and all follow up went as described. Happy Patient!
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RJK – Apr 11, 2020
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Dr. Rick Papandrea was responsive to my questions and patient while he listened to my concerns. My surgery was successful and recovery time was accurately given to me.
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Mar 11, 2020
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Top shelf in all regards. Facilities, and all other professionals, in addition to Dr. Papandrea were excellent.
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Lon Bahr – Mar 02, 2020
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I have had Dr. Papandrea as my hand surgeon for several years. He's done trigger releases and carpal tunnels and cyst removals for me, all have been successful and (with the exception of the initial numbing injections -- yeeowch!) they were pleasant experiences.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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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...Read more

Specialties

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • General Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

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

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1992
  • Best Doctors, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Milwaukee Super Doctors, 2011
  • Best Doctors, 2011

Media & Publications

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

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Locations

Orthopaedic Associates WI

Oaw Asc LLCN15w28300 Golf Rd Pewaukee, WI 53072
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

Oconomowoc, WI

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Waukesha, WI

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)