Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO

Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 41
(23)
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Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in West Des Moines, IA. He is 41 years old and has been practicing for 8 years.Read his story

6001 Westown Pkwy

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Contact Information

(515) 224-1414

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.

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Top Care Areas

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Knee Disorders
very high
more than 92% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
very high
more than 91% of peers
Joint Pain
high
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Nelson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Urbandale native Dr. Chris Nelson has enjoyed his time as a DMOS hip and knee surgeon since joining the practice in 2010. Dr. Chris Nelson's practice focuses on the areas of hip and knee surgeries. Dr. Nelson is the only orthopaedic surgeon in Iowa with fellowship level training in both hip replacement and hip arthroscopy. In addition, he has a vast knowledge of both complex and simple joint replacements and revision joint replacements. Dr. Nelson's other professional interests include sports related injuries and general sports trauma. Outside of his practice, Dr. Nelson enjoys supporting local sporting events, which includes providing sideline orthopaedic coverage for the Des Moines Bucs Hockey Team and other local organizations. He also enjoys golf, snow sports, and above all - spending time with his family."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*
25

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Runner's Knee
  • Spondylitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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Procedures

  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Synovial Biopsy

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Iowa.

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.

Education

  • University of Iowa
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
  • Des Moines University College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Michigan State University, Garden City Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Michigan State University, Garden City Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Washington University In St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

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
4.7
based on 23 total reviews (7 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (23)

  • 5
    (21)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (1)

Dr. Nelson's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (7)

in Johnston, IA |
Dr. Nelson is at the top of his profession. He conveyed great empathy. He carefully evaluated and diagnosed my problem (hip replacement). He clearly and carefully explained the procedure. The surgery and interface with Methodist West was flawless. His staff are similarly professional and called me...more
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in Des Moines, IA |
Dr. Nelson took our complicated case of hip dysplasia with labral tear even though it may not fix the problem he at least wanted to try to give her some relief knowing it could possibly re-tear. Dr. Nelson is very professional and caring. The guy knows his stuff. We feel very fortunate to have...more
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in Waukee, IA |
He has done both of my knee replacements. Both went well. I was told by other doctors that I was too young for knee replacements. I was to the point of needing a wheelchair to get around the pain in my knees was so intense. The whole experience (both times) was very good. The hospital staff...more
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in Des Moines, IA |
I had been suffering from hip pain for many years & sent to numerous Drs that told me nothing was wrong with my hip. As a 30 yr old active female, it's very devastating to be unable to exercise & do the things I enjoy. He was very kind & easy to talk to with,but, most of all he listened to me. He...more
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in Johnston, IA |
I loved Dr. Nelson! My daughter is a 13 years old gymnast/ cheerleader and got a labral tear. Dr. Nelson fixed her labrum and now she is back to her old self. She has no pain at all! He was wonderful from start to finish.
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Hospitals where Dr. Nelson has admitting privileges

Iowa Methodist Medical Center
1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Methodist West Hospital
1660 60th St
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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