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Dr. Michael W. Hennessy

Orthopedist

Dr. Michael Hennessy is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Hennessy specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Hennessy tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
Dr. Michael W. Hennessy
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

How long does it take to recover from a bone fracture?

Depending on your age, it usually takes 6-8 weeks for a bone to heal. That said, it may not be strong enough for hockey for several months. Your treating doc should be able to READ MORE
Depending on your age, it usually takes 6-8 weeks for a bone to heal. That said, it may not be strong enough for hockey for several months. Your treating doc should be able to answer this for you as it depends on fracture type and other factors.

Will my surgery end my career?

This is a challenging question. It really depends on the surgery you need and the condition you have to determine your chances of playing in the NFL. There are several NFL players READ MORE
This is a challenging question. It really depends on the surgery you need and the condition you have to determine your chances of playing in the NFL. There are several NFL players that have had spine surgery and still played at the NFL level. Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski come to mind.

Can my spinal pain be treated with a surgery?

This really depends on what is causing the pain. Sometimes surgery can help but other times surgery is not best.

How long does one take to recover from a back surgery?

This answer really depends on how extensive your surgery is. For example, your recovery may only be a few weeks for a small decompression or several months for a fusion.

At what age should my wife check her bone density levels?

Unless she has a known metabolic disorder that inhibits calcium or vitamin D absorption, there is no need for her to have a bone density exam until she is post-menopausal. Usually READ MORE
Unless she has a known metabolic disorder that inhibits calcium or vitamin D absorption, there is no need for her to have a bone density exam until she is post-menopausal. Usually that occurs around age 50.

At what age should one be concerned about osteoporosis?

There is not one specific age. The greatest risk for osteoporosis is being post-menopausal in women. There really are not any symptoms of it unless you develop a fracture due to READ MORE
There is not one specific age. The greatest risk for osteoporosis is being post-menopausal in women. There really are not any symptoms of it unless you develop a fracture due to the weak bone.

How is sciatica pain diagnosed?

Sciatic pain is a somewhat generalized term for posterior thigh pain. True sciatic pain comes from irritation of the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve that runs down the back READ MORE
Sciatic pain is a somewhat generalized term for posterior thigh pain. True sciatic pain comes from irritation of the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve that runs down the back of your leg. It is made up of several nerves coming from the spine. Frequently an MRI of the lumbar spine will be done to see if there is nerve pinching there to cause the irritation.

ACL repair

This answer really depends on the patient. If the patient is not very active and does not do many activities that require fast change in direction, then having acl reconstruction READ MORE
This answer really depends on the patient. If the patient is not very active and does not do many activities that require fast change in direction, then having acl reconstruction is not always necessary. I recommend anyone who has an acl injury to see an Ortho knee specialist and develop a treatment plan with the doctor.