Dr. Nelson Saldua, MD

Dr. Nelson Saldua, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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Age 44
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Dr. Nelson Saldua, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Vancouver, WA and has been practicing for 8 years. He graduated from Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences in 2002 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

700 NE 87th Ave

Vancouver, WA 98664

Contact Information

(360) 882-2778

Insurance Accepted

  • Providence Health Plans
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Regence Blue Shield of Washington
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Spine Disorders
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more than 36% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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more than 32% of peers
Joint Pain
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more than 29% of peers

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Dr. Saldua's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Saldua "Dr. Nelson Saldua is an orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty training in spine surgery. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California Los Angeles for his undergraduate studies. He joined the United States Navy and completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Saldua served for 14 years in the United States Navy with duty stations that included General Medical Officer onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and Orthopedic Surgery Department Head of the NATO Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He completed a combined neurologic and orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining The Vancouver Clinic, he was an attending spine surgeon at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Saldua has authored several publications and book chapters on orthopedic surgery and spinal surgery. Dr. Saldua believes that honesty and communication are essential to the doctor-patient relationship. Surgery on the neck or back is a serious consideration and surgery should only be entertained after a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of surgery. In this way, he believes that surgery can result in reliable and predictable clinical outcomes. Dr. Saldua is a father of 4 (including twin toddler girls), so his spare time involves anything that includes his wife and children. The entire family is excited about joining The Vancouver Clinic and the Vancouver community."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Saldua "Dr. Saldua believes that honesty and communication are essential to the doctor-patient relationship. Surgery on the neck or back is a serious consideration and surgery should only be entertained after a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of surgery. In this way, he believes that surgery can result in reliable and predictable clinical outcomes."

3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

27  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

34  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Total Disc Replacement
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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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

Education

  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Saldua has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Saldua's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Saldua to family and friends
57 total reviews (43 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (57)

  • 5
    (50)
  • 4
    (3)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (4)

Dr. Saldua'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

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (43)

Before visiting Dr. Saldua I had constant pain in my left arm along with tingling and numbness in my left hand. I was told I had 3 herniated discs in my neck and after some physical therapy, it was decided I would undergo discectomy with fusion. My surgery was a complete success and I have never...more
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I had with a lumbar disc that was worked on by OHSU prior to my introduction with Dr. Saldua… I told Dr. Saldua that experiencing this disc issue again, I would like to get surgery for it as soon as possible... I did not believe that pain management or physical therapy was going to help, unless I...more
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I liked how Dr DSaldua explained things with visuals on his i pad. It really helped me understand the procedure and make a better decision. He also said take your time think the options over and lets talk This summer.
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Dr. Saldua was honest and straight to the point. He communicates regularly along with his staff to make sure all my questions and concerns are answered.
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Dr Saldua was kind, informative and processional. He explained my conditions and provided all alternatives, risks and rewards. Follow-up was fast and informative. Thanks, Kurt
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