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Dr. Nickel is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee surgery. His expertise includes hip and knee reconstruction and replacement with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and rapid recovery. Well-versed in modern, state of the art techniques and technology, his treatment philosophy emphasizes a patient-centered and specific practice that utilizes the best procedure, implant, approach and navigation for each individual. He has a particular interest in returning all patients to their highest possible function using tailored treatment options, particularly in young, active patients with hip and knee pathology.
Dr. Nickel is a Waupun native and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate. He returned to Wisconsin to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin where he got his medical degree and graduated with distinction in research. Dr. Nickel completed his residency at Duke University and his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A prolific surgeon, educator and researcher, Dr. Nickel has been recognized with numerous clinical and research awards at national and international meetings.
More about Brian Nickel
Patient storyComing full-circle for her knee replacment
When a knee replacement became imminent, Susan Cowles ended up returning more than six decades later to the place that had provided her with expert care as a child.
Andy NorthAndy North hitting the links of life after hip replacement
Two-time U.S. Open golf champion Andy North turned to UW Health when he finally decided that he couldn’t put off hip replacement surgery any longer.
Dr. Dave KunstmanPartial knee replacement gets Dr. Kuntsman up and running again
Family Medicine Dr. Dave Kunstman finds relief from knee pain cause by osteoarthritis. Following a less-invasive partial knee replacement surgery, he's back to his daily runs.
Patient storyKnee replacement surgery helped Lisa get back to being active
Lisa once viewed knee replacement surgery as a last resort. But after undergoing the procedure, she now advises people not to wait.
Patient storyHow Jay returned from the sidelines
When hip pain prevented WISC-TV Sports Director Jay Wilson from covering the Badger football team from the sideline, he underwent a total hip replacement. Six weeks later he was back in the game.
Rob ZaleskiTwo new hips = one happy man
Rob's life was transformed by two hip replacements, giving him a new outlook on the future.
Education & credentials
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, NY
- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Additional conditions and treatments
- Anterior and Posterior Total Hip Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
- Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction and Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Rapid Recovery Protocols
- Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement
- Robotic Partial Knee Replacement
- Robotic Total Knee Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement