Dr. Lynn Nelson, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 60

Dr. Nelson
Accepting new patients

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons

6001 Westown Pkwy West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Dr. Lynn Nelson, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in West Des Moines, IA and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with Methodist West Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nelson to book an appointment.

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Dr. Nelson's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Neuroplasty
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson performs Neuroplasty more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Nelson performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Nelson treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Back Pain
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson treats Back Pain more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Nelson treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Nelson's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Procedure
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nelson

3.2

Based on 43 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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  • Staff friendliness (27)
  • Appointment scheduling (24)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (14)
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (11)
  • Staff wasn't friendly (8)
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Rude, Rushed, Dismissive, Arrogant, Didn't Listen and Barely even examined me or went over my chart and referral records. Wouldn't even listen to my symptoms...
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Fern – Sep 02, 2020
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After six months of being in a great deal of pain, Dr Nelson has now enabled me to resume my lifestyle pain free . ACDF surgery was performed In March with a successful outcome. What a caring and exceptional surgeon. Very patient in listening to my concerns. Extremely thorough explaining the surgery and healing process. Dr Nelson’s staff were just as professional and compassionate. I can’t begin to thank Dr Nelson and his team enough. I am grateful to have found such a knowledgeable and skilled doctor.
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Beverly – May 13, 2020
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I moved and was given Dr Nelson as a referral from a neuro-surgeon, however I was given my (non)diagnosis based on the previous doctor's notes. Said there was no surgery he could do. Guess he only does surgeries and doesn't counsel patients? He never even saw me in person. Who does that!
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Aug 21, 2019
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Dr. Nelson explained my procedure thoroughly and answered all of my questions patiently. Great office staff.
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Mar 29, 2019
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L4 to S1 spinal fusion. He broke a pedicle screw during instrumentation and took months to admit to it. I woke up from surgery with leg pain that was new, felt like foot was being sliced open by glass for most of a year. Still have pain/sensitivity in entire leg. I feel movement/pain where he "fixed" me. I feel like I'm fused crooked/twisted slightly, like my torso isn't right now. My doc said he labeled me as drug-seeker (yeah, I'm in pain & don't want another surgery). Can't recommend!
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Jan 15, 2019
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I have had chronic back (spine) problems for the past 20 years. I have severe arthritis in my spine. I've had 6, 2 neck and 2 lower back, spine surgeries, since 1998. All of these were performed by Dr. Lynn Nelson of Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons. I'm retired now. The first 5 spine surgeries were performed while I was employed and after those surgeries, I was able to return to work after recuperation. Dr. Lynn Nelson is a great surgeon. He's sure helped me and I would recommend him to anyone!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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George O. in Ankeny, IA – Jul 23, 2018
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I had my entire lumbar spine (L1-L5) fused by Dr. Nelson in March 2017. I am not 100% pain free, but I am definitely "pain BETTER". The literature Dr. Nelson's office gave me said it was possible there might be NO improvement, and if there was, to expect about 80% improvement. I have definitely reached that. Dr. Nelson's P.A. was exceptionally patient, willing and able to answer my questions, which were numerous. His office staff was also helpful. I have no complaints, and am grateful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Apr 26, 2018
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I had a disc replaced by Dr. Nelson in November. He and his team did an excellent job from the initial consultation through my post-surgical follow-ups. I talked with three people who had been his patients and all have had good outcomes. I appreciated his very direct and professional personality. He provided thorough explanations and addressed all my questions until I was confident I wanted to move forward. I would definitely work with him again.
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Brian Robbins – Feb 07, 2018
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My husband saw Dr. Nelson in 2014 at the age of 33 for surgery to fix spondolethesis. He had a surgery in the front and two days later a surgery in the back. My husband was in excruciating pain & could barely walk prior to surgery. Dr. Nelson gave him his life back. He's able to be active with our children & live life fully. He is a very matter of fact doctor, which we both appreciated. We highly recommend this Dr. to everyone for back surgery. The best! Thank you Dr. Nelson!
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Des Moines, IA – Sep 07, 2017
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Totally arrogant and rude. I can't believe he gets away with acting like such a jerk to his patients. I will never go back.
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Urbandale, IA – Aug 15, 2017
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Thank you Dr. Nelson!!! Before surgery taking a walk with my wife was impossible because of the severity of the pain. Now we can enjoy our walks and activities again!
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Steve B in Grimes – Aug 09, 2017
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He did my fusion. The worst experience of my life. He is back/spine surgeon. Told me know more he can do. Had spine surgery 4 days ago. Doing well. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. I have an attorney. He made my life, and families life miserable. It was my DAD'S last Christmas.
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Julie Barrett in Des Moines, IA – Jun 10, 2017
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Dr Nelson did an amazing job! The sciatic nerve pain was I was experiencing was gone. Recovery is ahead of schedule. Only wish I would of had it done a year and half ago when I originally went to Dr Nelson and he said it would get worse.
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Sharon Livingston in Des Moines, IA – Nov 01, 2016
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Dr. Nelson is very professional and a great surgeon. I was terrified to have my surgeries, to the point that I delayed it for a year and a half. The surgeries were very serious and major surgeries. Dr. Nelson was excellent. I was up and walking after only three hours of coming out of recovery. He made my experience very positive and really anti-climatic to my fears.
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Mary Jane Woodman-Brazle in Urbandale – Mar 10, 2016
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Care Philosophy

To provide each patient with the highest quality of orthopaedic care possible. This involves every facet of the patient's experience at DMOS, from the...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1994
North Kansas City Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1994
University of Kansas Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1993
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1989
IU Health University
Internship Hospital
1988
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Medical School
1983
Buena Vista University
Undergraduate School

Awards

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What are Dr. Lynn Nelson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nelson frequently treats Neuroplasty, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nelson treats.

Where is Dr. Lynn Nelson, MD's office located?

Dr. Nelson's office is located at 6001 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons6001 Westown Pkwy West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Methodist West Hospital

West Des Moines, IA
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