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Dr. Jeffrey D. Recknagel


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Jeffrey D. Recknagel, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Office Location:  Muskegon  


Dr. Recknagel specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of shoulders and knees. He performs arthroscopic procedures to repair rotator cuff tears and instability, as well as shoulder replacement surgery and reverse shoulder arthroplasty. He also performs arthroscopy to treat conditions of the knee related to sports injury or arthritis, knee replacements, and surgery after a failed knee replacement. These surgical approaches are recommended if it is determined that more conservative treatment options such as physical therapy or injections are ineffective.

Dr. Recknagel is the co-director of the Michigan Shoulder Institute, which works to advance shoulder surgery outcomes through research, care coordination, and education.

Professional Profile


  • State of Michigan Board of Medicine Physician License


  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Postgraduate Training: Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Michigan State Orthopaedic Society


Google 5-star

I am very happy with the work that Dr. Recknagel did on my shoulder. I would recommend him anytime to someone else. He was patient, caring, and very personable. He even thanked me for letting him take care of me. I am glad I chose him as my doctor. — Dorothy W.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel was professional and showed personal concern about my shoulder problem. Surgery was scheduled quickly and went very smooth. Recovering at home and feeling great. Would definitely go back if I ever had another problem. Thank you to Dr. Recknagel and team. — Randy K.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel and his staff are amazing. Two shoulder surgery’s and a TKR with no issues and quick recovery. Everything from the dIagnosis, treatment, and surgery was excellent. — Scott B.

Google 5-star

I would trust no one else with my orthopedic care. I’m an orthopedic nightmare! Dr. Recknagel has repaired and or replaced both shoulders at least once, both knees, and carpel tunnel surgery! His genuine caring nature and easy, down to earth mind set is awesome!! He loves what he does and is very good at it!! Even through the bumps and turns in the road, I know he really truly cares for each and every patient he sees!! I tell everyone Dr. Recknagel is the only doctor I would go to!! He is fantastic!!! Truly a caring man!! — Tami B.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel is very professional. He is kind, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. He took great care of me. — Ann S.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel if a phenomenal surgeon!! His staff also is top of the line!! He has performed several surgeries for me that both ended extremely positive and gave me my life back as I knew years prior! Great man!!! Great team!!! — John H.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel is the best! Took wonderful care of my broken elbow after a slip and fall. His staff at Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon are so organized and run like a well-oiled machine. They are so kind and always responsive. — Amy C.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel is the best. Period. He is attentive and explains everything clearly. My entire experience with OAM has been nothing short of excellent. — Nick K.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel just did my second successful shoulder replacement. The first one was in 2018 on my right shoulder, with no problems at all. I'm extremely happy with how it turned out, which is why I choose him again for my left shoulder. The second one was this year, 2022. As of now, 3-1/2 months out, I am released to go back to work already for lite duty. If you truly are looking for a great surgeon then I highly recommend Dr. Recknagel. He gave me my life back. — Joseph L.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel did a shoulder reversal replacement on my right shoulder. Not the only did I heal great but the scar barely shows. I would recommend him to many who need surgery done. I was out of the hospital in one day. — Roxane L.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel did a fantastic job repairing my very torn up shoulder and bicep tendon. I’m very impressed that he does not push or recommend surgery until it’s truly necessary! I recently inquired about my knee and I would have scheduled a surgery had he suggested it. I certainly recommend him!!! — Suzanne M.

Google 5-star

Dr. Recknagel has been awesome. He did my husbands knees and my shoulders, with a reverse replacement. It has all turned out great. We would highly recommend him. His staff is awesome too. — Martin B.