Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO

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Age 41
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Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO
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.

6001 Westown Pkwy

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Contact Information

(515) 224-1414

Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO

Dr. Christopher Nelson, DO

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Dr. Nelson's Experience

Dr. Nelson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


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

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

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


  • 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
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures

Background Check

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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.


  • 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

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
based on 20 total reviews (6 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
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
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 found him. If you have to have your hips fixed, this is the Doctor you want. Thank you Dr. Nelson and staff for taking our case. Mark and Tina
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 were excellent too.
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 spent time explaining that I DID have something wrong with my hip. I was able to have surgery a few weeks later to fix the torn labrum in my hip. Thank you Dr. Nelson for letting me enjoy my life again!
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.
in Windsor Heights, Iowa |
Dr Nelson is a very kind and caring surgeon who eases anxiety about the procedures and is an excellent surgeon all around. He surrounds himself with great caring staff and I would highly recommend him to anyone who asks.
in Indianola, IA |
I?m very pleased with the results of my surgery. Dr. Chris Nelson is not only an excellent surgeon but also has a wonderful bedside manner. He took the time to explain my X-rays and MRI results and what my options were. He was not quick to rush into surgery. I had a labrum repaired and my husband had a complete hip replacement. We are both very happy with the results.
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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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