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Chris Nelson, DO

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Chris Nelson, DO

Hip & Knee Surgeon

Urbandale native Dr. Chris Nelson has enjoyed his time as a DMOS Orthopaedic Centers hip and knee surgeon since joining the practice in 2010. Dr. Nelson’s practice focuses on the areas of hip and knee surgeries. He is one of the only orthopedic surgeons in Iowa with fellowship level training in both hip replacement and hip arthroscopy. In addition, Dr. Nelson has a vast knowledge of both complex and simple joint replacements and revision joint replacements.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Nelson enjoys supporting local sporting events, which includes providing sideline orthopedic 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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Medical Education
  • Des Moines University
    College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Des Moines, IA
Fellowship Training
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes- Jewish Hospital (Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement)
    St. Louis, MO
Board Certified
  • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Residency
  • Michigan State University, Garden City Hospital
    Garden City, MI
  • Iowa Medical Society
  • Iowa Orthopaedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Direct anterior hip replacement
  • Minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty
  • Total and partial knee replacements including Robotic-Assisted Mako partial knee replacement
  • Same-day total joint replacement
  • Sports related injury care and management
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Regenerative Medicine – Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC), Autologous Protein Solution (APS)
  • Pediatric fracture care
  • Worker’s compensation injury

Dr. Nelson's Team

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Alexandra Brunner, PA-C

Physician Assistant to: Dr. Chris Nelson

Alexandra Brunner completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

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Doctor Interviews & Insights

Dr. Christopher Nelson talks Hip Labral Tears
Hip Pain and Injury: Dr. Chris Nelson talks about Hip Preservation and Labrum Repair

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