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Dr. Andrew Nelson is Our Hand, Wrist & Elbow Specialist

Meet Starling Physician’s Hand, Wrist & Elbow SpecialistHand, Wrist & Elbow Specialist, Dr Legeyt

Dr. Nelson is originally from Chicago. He came east to attend Brown University where he studied Biomedical Engineering and Biology in preparation for medical school. At Brown he was also on the crew team. He earned his medical degree from Boston University where he also completed his Orthopaedic Surgical Residency. After four years in the United States Navy in Charleston, SC he returned to Providence, RI where he completed a year-long fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at Brown/ Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Nelson has a particular interest in complex wrist fractures, nerve surgery, and Dupuytren’s disease. He has practiced for over 25 years, most recently at Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists, PC in Waterbury, and prior to that at the Hand to Shoulder Center, also in Waterbury. He has been recognized numerous times as one of Connecticut’s “TOP DOCTORS.”  

Outside of the office, he enjoys his friends, hiking, cooking, gardening, and woodworking with his best friend.

Dr. Nelson sees patients in New Britain and operates at the Southington Surgery Center and the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Advanced Treatment for Hand Conditions

Dr. Nelson provides a wide range of hand surgery services that includes both non-operative and operative procedures, along with rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He provides treatment for hand conditions including:

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Hand Arthritis

• Ganglion Cysts

• Tennis Elbow

• De Quervain’s Disease

• Trigger Finger

• Tendonitis

• Dupuytren’s Disease

• Workers Compensation

• IMEs

• Complex Fractures

• Nerve Disorders

As an innovator in the field, he utilizes the newest surgical techniques to achieve superior results with faster recovery time.

Hand Therapy

Dr. Nelson’s office offers on-site hand therapy, performed by a highly trained occupational therapist. Hand therapy can be beneficial and may be prescribed for a number of conditions, including:

• Wounds, scars, and burns

• Injured tendons or nerves

• Amputation

• Carpal tunnel syndrome

• Tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow

• Arthritis



Education Resources

Below Dr. Nelson has provided a wealth of information to help you understand some of the most common injuries and conditions that affect the hand, wrist, and elbow. Click on a link below to learn about symptoms and treatment options.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CMC Osteoarthritis
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Dupuytren’s Disease
Lateral Epicondylitis
Mallet Fingers
Mucous Cyst
Rotator Cuff
Trigger Fingers and Thumbs

My Philosophy of Care

I believe every step of the patient experience is important for your satisfaction. I love to teach. I feel every encounter I have with a patient is a chance to teach and translate complicated medical information into something that is clear and easy to understand. I am also a handout and picture guy and have a wealth of material to help you understand your condition so you can share and review it with your family.

My goal is to include you in all the decision making so that we are partners. I want us both to be comfortable with the decisions we make. I am proud to say I am reasonably old-school with respect to communication in our ever-increasing technological world. I always want you to feel free to ask questions and even call me back if we do not get to everything that is on your mind.

I am pleased to be part of an outstanding orthopaedics team at Starling and look forward to meeting you.




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Call (860) 832-4666 to schedule a visit in one of these convenient locations:

New Britain:1 Lake Street

Pediatric Injuries to the Hand and Wrist

Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in pediatric elbow, forearm, wrist and hand injuries, fractures and surgery. Below are two helpful documents that discuss children’s wrist fractures and treatment options.