Dr. Andrew Nelson, MD

Dr. Andrew Nelson, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 55
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Andrew Nelson, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Waterbury, CT. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with Saint Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital.

1320 W Main St

Waterbury, CT 06708

Contact Information

(203) 755-7115

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • 26 More

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Top Care Areas


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Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
more than 91% of peers
more than 86% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
more than 70% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteopenia
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Brown University / Alpert Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Boston University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Rhode Island Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • United States Naval Hospital
    Other Education | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
based on 43 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Nelson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
in Waterbury, CT |
Because of Dr. Nelson's surgical skills, I came back for four different surgeries. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and patient. When you call the office, you talk to a person, not a dam machine. ,
in Waterbury, CT |
Dr. Nelson performed surgery on my daughter after a serious wrist injury. He was extremely patient in answering our many questions. He was compassionate from visit one through visit ten (even popping in to check on her during therapy after the surgery). We were anxious to get back to playing soccer; however, he stuck to his professional recommendation to make her wait until she fully healed. If you are looking for a Dr. to tell you what you want to hear- go somewhere else- he won't do it.
in Thomaston, CT |
Very nice Dr. I've had several surgeries done by Dr. Nelson, Explains everything wonderfully. Your questions are answered before you can even ask them.
in Oakville, CT |
Excellant Dr ,very caring and explains everthing very well .5 star dr and office staff
in Oakville, CT |
Dr. Nelson was professional, friendly, and extremely efficient and informative. He took the time to explain the details concerning my Carpal Tunnel, and the different options for treatment available to me. He took care of my problem in a timely manner, and I am pleased with the result of my recent surgery. The Surgery Center was excellent!
Waterbury, CT |
I had what seemed like a minor finger injury to my right index finger. After 2 MD visits & 2 the 2 ER visits it was a nightmare. Then I saw Dr Nelson everything changed he listened, reviewed the previous tests, investigated the problem and took charge to fix my finger. I was impressed by his professional but warm interest in me as a patient and person. He cared. He called to check on me at home that nite and also encouraged me to call if the finger worsened or had questions. Dr N cares.
in Hartford, CT |
I could not ask for a better doctor to of handle the care I needed before and after surgery! Thank you so much Doctor Nelson for making a stressful situation feel easy!
in Wolcott, CT |
I am being seen and treated by Dr. Andrew Nelson for a work related injury. I will start by saying his office staff and medical staff are AWESOME from hello. Dr. Nelson has made me feel as if I was his only patient. Dr. Nelson is precise with his care and will never do anything that is unnecessary. I am now having surgery after 4 mths and he has made it an easy process. Dr. Nelson actually took time out of his busy schedule to assist me in getting this approved by calling the Workers Comp. Thank
in Wolcott, ct |
Dr. Nelson is not only an incredible surgeon but has a wonderful bedside manner which is difficult to find in a specialist. He thoroughly explains everything in language you can understand. He truly cares for his patients. I have had two different wrist surgeries due to injuries and have a very complicated medical history. My surgeries went completely smoothly both times and I have full use of my wrist. Dr. Nelson you are the best.
New Fairfield, CT |
I couldn't be any happier with my surgery I should have done it years ago
in Cheshire Ct |
Dr Nelson is the BEST, in my opinion. Takes the time with me that I need. He makes sure that I understand exactly what he is telling me. He is willing to use whatever terms he needs to, to be sure I understand. And then gives my wife the same time and consideration. He makes sure we both fully understand. Now his staff. Kim,Mimi,Sasha,Christina and Sharyn PT have all been nothing but helpful,kind,caring very professional. Have nothing negative to say about this whole experience.
in Waterbury, CT |
Dr. Nelson performed carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists with fantastic outcome. His approach for my condition was forthright; explaining all my options from steroid injections to surgery. If an option was not his recommended treatment, he allowed me to choose the treatment as an informed patient.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Nelson accepts 35 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem
    Pathway X Ind PPO Direct Access CT
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Connecticare
    Connecticare HMO
    Connecticare POS
  • CoreSource
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Meritain Health
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Nelson has admitting privileges

Saint Mary's Hospital
56 Franklin St
Waterbury, CT 06706
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Waterbury Hospital
64 Robbins St
Waterbury, CT 06708
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