Richard L. Illgen II, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Illgen is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and has completed specialized training in adult reconstructive surgery (hip and knee replacement). He currently serves as co-director of the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and as the clinical director of surgery at UW Health at The American Center.
His expertise includes primary and revision hip and knee replacements, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knees), and hip resurfacing. He has pioneered robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement and serves as a regional and national expert in these techniques. He has particular expertise and experience regarding the care of young patients with hip and knee arthritis and offers care including joint preservation and joint replacement for this high demand group of individuals. These interests reflect a treatment philosophy that emphasizes the application of scientific analysis and innovative techniques to optimize care for patients requiring hip and knee replacement.
UW Health Clinics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Professional Certifications and Education
Massachusetts General Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1993
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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
Programs & Conditions
- Knee Pain
Dr. Illgen has clinical and basic science research interests in the molecular biology of osteolysis, osteonecrosis, fracture healing, and bone ingrowth into porous-coated joint implants.
Elson L Dounchis J Illgen R Marchand RC Padgett DE Bragdon CR Malchau H .
Precision of acetabular cup placement in robotic integrated total hip arthroplasty. Hip Int. 2015 Nov-Dec;25(6):531-6
[PubMed ID: 26391264]
Kruser TJ Kozak KR Cannon DM Platta CS Heiner JP Illgen RL 2nd .
Low rates of heterotopic ossification after resurfacing hip arthroplasty with use of prophylactic radiotherapy in select patients. J Arthroplasty. 2012 Aug;27(7):1349-53
[PubMed ID: 22245125]
Lu Y Lee JS Nemke B Graf BK Royalty K Illgen R 3rd Vanderby R Jr Markel MD Murphy WL .
Coating with a modular bone morphogenetic peptide promotes healing of a bone-implant gap in an ovine model. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50378
[PubMed ID: 23185610]
Illgen RL 2nd Heiner JP Squire MW Conrad DN .
Large-head metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty using the Durom acetabular component at minimum 1-year interval. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Sep;25(6 Suppl):26-30
[PubMed ID: 20570096]
Illgen RL 2nd Bauer LM Hotujec BT Kolpin SE Bakhtiar A Forsythe TM .
Highly crosslinked vs conventional polyethylene particles: relative in vivo inflammatory response. J Arthroplasty. 2009 Jan;24(1):117-24
[PubMed ID: 18534436]
Illgen RL 2nd Forsythe TM Pike JW Laurent MP Blanchard CR .
Highly crosslinked vs conventional polyethylene particles--an in vitro comparison of biologic activities. J Arthroplasty. 2008 Aug;23(5):721-31
[PubMed ID: 18534392]
Illgen RL Pellino TA Gordon DB Butts S Heiner JP .
Prospective analysis of a novel long-acting oral opioid analgesic regimen for pain control after total hip and knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2006 Sep;21(6):814-20
[PubMed ID: 16950032]
Illgen RL 2nd Honkamp NJ Weisman MH Hagenauer ME Heiner JP Anderson PA .
The diagnostic and predictive value of hip anesthetic arthrograms in selected patients before total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2006 Aug;21(5):724-30
[PubMed ID: 16877160]
Illgen R Tueting J Enright T Schreibman K McBeath A Heiner J .
Hybrid total knee arthroplasty: a retrospective analysis of clinical and radiographic outcomes at average 10 years follow-up. J Arthroplasty. 2004 Oct;19(7 Suppl 2):95-100
[PubMed ID: 15457426]
Illgen R 2nd Rubash HE .
The optimal fixation of the cementless acetabular component in primary total hip arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2002 Jan-Feb;10(1):43-56
[PubMed ID: 11809050]