Richard Illgen II, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
Richard Illgen II, MD


Richard Illgen II, MD, is a UW Health orthopedic surgeon and a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Illgen was instrumental in developing robotic-assisted joint replacement technology and specializes in hip and knee replacement. Dr. Illgen is recognized as a national expert and innovator and travels across the country teaching best practices to orthopedic surgeons along with the latest techniques.

Using the latest robotic-assisted techniques, Dr. Illgen performs total hip and knee replacement and partial knee replacement. He cares for patients who need first-time joint replacement or revision surgery.

During initial visits, Dr Illgen talks extensively with patients about their hip or knee pain. He outlines their treatment options, answers questions and helps them understand the procedure so that they can make informed decisions about their care.

Dr. Illgen’s goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients, no matter how complex their joint problems. He works to ease their pain and change their lives for the better.

Dr. Illgen researches robotic-assisted procedures to improve outcomes, improving accuracy and accelerated outcomes after joint replacement.

During his free time, Dr. Illgen enjoys spending time with family, golfing and boating.

Using the latest robotic-assisted techniques, we work to help patients with crippling hip or knee pain walk normally again.

Languages spoken
  • English

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program, Boston, MA
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Areas of expertise

  • Gender-Specific Knee Replacement (For Women)
  • Hip replacement
  • Joint Replacement Revision Surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee pain
  • Knee replacement
  • Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Robotic Partial Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty)
  • Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (MAKOplasty)