Dr. Michael W. Hennessy M.D.
Orthopedist3409 Worth Street Tower Suite 510 Dallas Texas, 75246
Michael W. Hennessy, MD, works at Texas Spine Consultants out of Dallas Texas. Dr. Hennessy brings with him a fellowship trained education under the auspices of Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia, a world renowned specialist in scoliosis. His special clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal procedures, spinal deformities, and various spinal trauma for patients of all ages. In his spare time, Dr. Hennessy headed up a volunteer effort with Habitat for Humanity, acting as a Chairman to fund the building for houses.
Education and Training
Georgetown University School of Medicine
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Michael W. Hennessy M.D.'s Expert Contributions
Typically you would be expected to walk right away after spinal surgery. READ MORE
Kyphosis can be corrected in adults but first the reason for the kyphosis needs to determined. Sometimes the correction requires surgery. READ MORE
Based on your mri results, you appear to have significant disc herniation at L4-5 that needs treatment. I recommend you see a spine surgeon to evaluate you. READ MORE
There are many type of back surgeries and back treatments. If you think you need something done, it’s most important that you see a doctor in person to determine the best treatment for you. Usually for someone as young as you, treatment is not surgery. READ MORE
First recommendation is to see a pediatric orthopaedic specialist. The doctor can evaluate how severe the curve is as well as the skeletal maturity of your daughter to give a better idea of risk of progression. There are several factors that are involved before treating the curve. READ MORE
It can be a challenge to explain the necessity of medical treatment to an 8 year old. Try to be supportive but explain to her that the brace is there to help her grow up straight. This will help her to prevent future problems. The alternative is to take the “scare” approach and explain that if she doesn’t wear her brace, she may end up needing surgery if the curve progresses. READ MORE
Recommend an Orthopaedic sports doctor. 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. 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. READ MORE
This really depends on what is causing the pain. Sometimes surgery can help but other times surgery is not best. READ MORE
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Hunt Leadership Scholar, 1997-2001
- University of Texas Southwestern
- San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders
Professional Society Memberships
- Texas Medical Association, North American Spine Society, Society of Lateral Access Surgery
Articles and Publications
- 3 Poster Publications/Abstracts
What do you attribute your success to?
Being Trained by a Well Respected Spinal Surgeon, Personal Drive and Determination
Hobbies / Sports
- Soccer, Family Time, Automobiles
Favorite professional publications
- Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Spine
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Patient Experience with Dr. Hennessy
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- What Is Pituitary Dwarfism?
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- Why Does Fibromyalgia Affect More Women?
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- What Is Bursitis: Get the Facts
There are conditions that we experience or live with in our life. Moreover, we tend to assume that most of them are normal or of no much importance. Some of these conditions or feelings in our bodies may later cause bigger problems and it is necessary to understand them and their sources. It is also...
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