The Face of Hand Surgery - Dr. Clayton Nelson - 405 Magazine

The Face of Hand Surgery – Dr. Clayton Nelson


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Dr. Clayton Nelson utilizes advanced surgical procedures to restore flexibility, movement and comfort to patients with hand and upper extremity injury or disease. He founded his practice, Oklahoma Hand, during his time as an orthopedic resident at the University of Oklahoma. It developed out of a desire to provide patients with accurate and reliable information regarding their hand and upper extremity conditions.

“We work as a team to bring the newest and most innovative techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery to Oklahoma to provide the best patient outcomes possible,” Nelson said.

Nelson completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he also had his orthopedic residency. He completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center and had advanced training in microsurgical techniques and wrist arthroscopy under world-renowned plastic surgeons in Madrid, Spain.

He enjoys working with his patients to understand their needs and expectations in order to offer multiple options to help restore form and function to their upper extremity, so they can return to the activities they enjoy.

“We provide in-office procedures that limit the need for anesthesia, including carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release and more,” he said. “There are many advantages to having procedures done within the office using local anesthetic techniques compared to a traditional operating room setting.”

He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.