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Charles L. Nelson, MD

Charles L. Nelson, MD Physician

Chief, Joint Replacement Service Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nelson is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Charles L. Nelson

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • 2-Stage Revision of Hip Replacement
  • 2-Stage Revision of Knee Replacement
  • Acetabular Surgery
  • Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Arthritis of Knee
  • Arthrodesis of Knee
  • Arthrofibrosis of the Knee
  • Arthroscopy of Hip
  • Articular Cartilage Microfracture
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Avascular Necrosis of Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Knee
  • Baker's Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)
  • Bow Legged
  • Cartilage Damage of Hip
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Chondromalacia
  • Computer-Assisted Hip Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Damaged Patellar Cartilage Removal
  • Deconditioned Knee
  • Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Dislocated Knee
  • Distal Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • High Tibial Osteotomy
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injection
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Joint Debridement
  • Hip Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Over Age 60
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Revision Surgery
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Surgery
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Instability After Total Knee Replacement
  • Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Click
  • Knee Deformities
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Fusion
  • Knee Injection
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain for Patients Aged 60 and Older
  • Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Knee Realignment
  • Knee Revision Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Labral Tears
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body in the Hip
  • Loose Body in the Knee
  • Loosening of Total Hip Replacement
  • Loosening of Total Knee Replacement
  • Makoplasty
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair (MCL)
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Multi-Ligament Knee Injury
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Osteochondral Allograft
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Osteochondral Lesion
  • Osteochondritis of the Knee
  • Osteolysis
  • Pain After Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patella Injury
  • Patella Realignment
  • Patellar Clunk Syndrome
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Patellar Tendon Repair
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Replacement (PFR)
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation
  • Periprosthetic Femur Fracture
  • Posterior Hip Replacement
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection of the Hip
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection of the Knee
  • Reconstruction of Hip
  • Reconstructive Knee Surgery
  • Recurrent Dislocation of Total Hip Replacement
  • Removal of Hip Prosthesis
  • Removal of Knee Prosthesis
  • Repair of Hip Labral Tear
  • Resurfacing of Acetabulum
  • Retrograde Drilling Avascular Necrosis
  • Robotic Hip Surgery
  • Robotic Knee Surgery
  • Robotic Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Stiffness After Total Knee Replacement
  • Surgery for Arthritis
  • Synovectomy of Knee
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Torn Meniscus Repair
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Viscosupplementation
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery

Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, National American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, National American Orthopaedic Association, National J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, National Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local The Hip Society, National The Knee Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nelson is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Nelson C.: Periprosthetic Fractures of the Femur Following Hip Arthroplasty American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 221-223,2002.

Nelson C.: Cemented Femoral Revision, Technique and Outcome American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 187-189,2002.

Konkle B., Nelson C., Forsyth A. and Hume E.: Approaches to Successful Total Knee Arthroplasty in Hemophilia A Patients with Inhibitors Hematology 8 (5): 706-10,2002.

Nelson C.: Cemented Cup Revision American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 2002.

Lonner J., Battish R., Nelson C., Lotke P.: Efficacy of Mail Surveys for Follow-Up of Total Knee Patients Journal of Arthoplasty : 267,2001.

Nelson C.: Management of Severe Acetabular Bone Loss During Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Role of Acetabular Reconstruction Cages Seminars in Arthroplasty, Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty 12 (1): 90-69,2001.

Nelson C.: Primary and Delayed Exchange for Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty American Journal of Knee Surgery 14 (1): 60-64,2001.

Nelson C., Windsor R.: Patella Fractures in Total Knee Arthroplasty Complications, Pitfalls, and Salvage in Knee Surgery : 413-419,2001.

Nelson C., Fitzgerald R.: Correction of Arthritic Deformities of the Hip Arthritis and Allied Conditions : 1044-1060,2001.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Orthgopaedics, Suite 600
3737 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 294-9180
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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