Orthopedic Specialists

Lynn Nelson, MD

Lynn Nelson, MD
515-955-6767 515-955-6767
Specialties & Services
Primary Clinic
Orthopedic Specialists
2700 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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Practice Information

Joined Orthopedic Specialists

December 2019

Medical Interests

Spinal surgery including cervical and lumbar surgeries

Dr. Nelson is now seeing neck and back patients in Des Moines! If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, or have suffered a neck or back injury, get care from one of Iowa’s leading neck and back doctors! For patients looking for a back specialist in Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Belmond, and the surrounding areas, you won’t find better care than with Iowa Speciality Hospitals & Clinics. 

From chronic neck pain to sciatica to injuries such as a herniated disc, Dr. Nelson offers advanced personalized treatments. Treatments range from neck and back surgery to nonsurgical treatments for back, neck, and shoulder pain. 

Take the first step towards neck and back pain relief by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Nelson today! 

Let’s DISH about Spine & Neck Surgery

Dr. Eibes talks about the care he received from ISH Spine Surgeon Dr. Nelson

See my Interview With Monique Bailey, ARNP Discussing Spinal Surgery

Education & Professional Certification


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA 


Orthopaedic Surgery - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


Rae Jacobs Memorial Spine Fellowship - Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS and North Kansas City Hospital - North Kansas City, MO

Professional Societies

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; North American Spine Society; Iowa Orthopaedic Society; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 

Professional & Personal Interests

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, and spending time with family.

Community Involvement

Knights of Columbus; Volunteer team physician for Des Moines Buccaneers and Dowling Catholic School

Patient Comments

February 18, 2024

I have already recommended Dr Nelson to several people,

February 18, 2024

I have recommended them to several people already!

January 26, 2024

Dr. Nelson and Mo are incredibly talented. Last April/May of 2023, my life fell apart due to the need for cervical fusion - then in November, lumbar fusion. I was in excruciating pain, and Dr Nelson and Mo gave me my life back. I am forever grateful to both of them.

December 25, 2023

Have already told people.

December 17, 2023

Awesome care!

December 15, 2023

Dr. Nelson and his staff are fabulous!!! Highly recommend!

December 1, 2023

We like Dr Nelson - and view him as an expert in his field

November 17, 2023

Good thanks

October 30, 2023

I did not realize Dr. Nelson did lumbar surgery - I was in the office to see him post-operatively after my August 8th cervical fusion surgery, and when he became aware I needed lumbar surgery, he was willing to look at my MRI's. During a post-operative visit, Dr. Nelson and his staff were willing to take the time to review my case and schedule the lumbar procedure - which eased my mind as my cervical fusion has been a success. I cannot thank him enough for helping me get my life back!

October 19, 2023

Dr. Nelson is the best, he explains everything. Dr. Nelson is a great guy and I am blessed to have him as my doctor.

October 16, 2023

*Dr. Nelson is great as a spinal surgeon. Have had him before.

July 28, 2023

Dr. Nelson was extremely professional and treated me like an intelligent human being . He showed me the X-ray and MRI results and explained in detail the prognosis. Mo spent a lot of time doing a variety of tests to help determine the cause of my issues. She is a fantastic listener and looks patients in the eye when they answer her- she is fully engaged.

July 15, 2023

Very nice..

May 6, 2023

Dr Nelson was outstanding.

March 30, 2023

Very thorough & professional.

March 18, 2023

Everything was very good

March 18, 2023

Dr. Nelson always spends the time needed with me to explain things, show me my X-rays, and have discussions with me and answer all my questions! I never feel rushed or feel like me or my issues are not important. I highly recommend him to anyone who has back/ spine issues. I am glad to have met him and had him as my surgeon for my surgery and back issues. Very good bedside manner and makes me feel very comfortable in asking all my questions.

March 15, 2023

Very informative and helpful.

January 29, 2023

Everything was explained very well.

December 5, 2022

I am thrilled to have had such a great experience. Pain was never an issue due to great care.

December 1, 2022

Very good staff

November 18, 2022

This was my last checkup from back surgery 1 year ago. Dr. Nelson and the staff have been outstanding throughout every step of the process. Thank you so much for making this a comfortable and successful experience.

November 16, 2022

Dr Nelson and his team have been the absolute best throughout this entire ordeal.

October 29, 2022

Dr. Nelson is the best in the business!

October 24, 2022

Dr Nelson is very good.

October 15, 2022

Long drive, but well worth it.

October 15, 2022

Dr Nelson has been a gift to me in his expertise and partnering approach 20 yeas ago and with this recent surgery a year ago. I have excellent results

October 4, 2022

Dr Nelson is the very best and your clinic is so fortunate to have him practicing there.

October 3, 2022

Excellent doctor.

September 20, 2022

I've followed Dr. Nelson from West Des Moines for the level of care he provides.

September 19, 2022

Dr Nelson is the best. He listens to my concerns and acknowledges my issues. I will recommend him 100% at all times!

August 24, 2022

Everyone made you feel comfortable, explained things.

August 23, 2022

You have very good nurses and you are very lucky to have Dr. Nelson on your team

August 23, 2022

Explain very well

August 12, 2022

I reside in West Des Moines I followed *Dr. Nelson's practice.

August 7, 2022

Dr Nelson is my go to guy for my back issues

July 26, 2022

Great experience

July 19, 2022

Dr Nelson and staff are so awesome people.

June 24, 2022

*Dr. Nelson listened and gave me these options. He helped direct my care!

April 25, 2022

*Doc Nelson is very forward. I appreciate the professionalism and clarity.

February 24, 2022

Very impressed, had heard good things about him from people that had care from him.

February 2, 2022

*Dr. Nelson does a great job and is a good asset for ISH.
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