“It’s important to me that my patients feel comfortable talking with me and that together, we can find a solution.”
Dr. Andrew Rikkers is a general surgeon
who is part of the hospital surgical teams
at Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake
and Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith.
Procedures that Dr. Rikkers provides
are for colon and small bowel diseases,
including cancer. He also treats reflux
patients, such as hiatal hernias and
umbilical inguinal hernias. In addition,
he performs breast cancer surgeries,
gallbladder, and appendix procedures,
vasectomies and skin cancer surgeries
including sentinel lymph node surgery.
In providing patient care, Dr. Rikkers feels
it’s important to provide procedures
that are minimally invasive and provide
as fast of a recovery process as possible.
“It’s important to have a proper diagnosis
along with skilled interventions.” said
Dr. Rikkers. “Not everything requires surgery, and it’s my job to develop the appropriate care plan with the patient to ensure their chance of success.”
When working with patients, Dr. Rikkers values good communication, and listening and understanding his patients concerns. “I enjoy working with my patients on the challenges they have
and hearing from them the positive impact the procedures have made in their lives,” he said.
Dr. Rikkers received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed a five year general surgery residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. His advanced minimally invasive surgical training was completed in Strasbourg, France at the European Institute of Telesurgery.
When not at work, Dr. Rikkers enjoys spending time with his wife, three sons and daughter. He enjoys ice fishing, outdoor activities and has been an Eagle Scout since childhood. Dr. Rikkers grew up in Ripon, Wisconsin and continues to appreciate small town communities.