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Nels E. Sampatacos, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Surgery

Accepting New Patients

About

Professional Statement

Dr. Sampatacos has expertise and a special interest in minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip and knee, shoulder replacement surgery and surgical orthopedic sports medicine. With expertise and subspecialty training in both shoulder surgery and orthopedic sports medicine surgery, Dr. Sampatacos is able to provide surgical solutions for a full-spectrum of sports-related injuries and all operative conditions in the shoulder. Furthermore, he works very closely with The Polyclinic team of non-operative sports medicine physicians to determine when non-surgical treatment options offer a better solution. "I believe there is just as much wisdom, if not more, in understanding when not to operate as there is in knowing when to proceed with surgery. My philosophy involves listening to patients and engaging them in conversation, not only for the purpose of identifying their injury or ailment, but more importantly, to understand the functional implications their condition has on their overall quality of life. Then, after clearly explaining the pros and cons of various treatment options and providing my best recommendations, I believe in arriving at an individualized treatment plan together with the patient. From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, one of my greatest pleasures is successfully returning an injured athlete to a high-level of competition. My goal is to restore form and function in a caring and compassionate environment, allowing my patients to quickly return to an active and healthy lifestyle."

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Accepts 82 Insurance Plans

Please contact the practice directly to confirm your health plan is accepted
  • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) (all programs accepted)
  • Aetna US Healthcare Standard
  • Americas Health Plan
  • Amerigroup Real Solutions (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO
  • Apple Health (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Asuris
  • Basic Health Plan Washington
  • BCE Emergis
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
  • Carpenters Trust
  • Childrens Health Program (CHIP)
  • Cigna (Behaviorial Health)
  • Community Health Plan of Washington Medicare Advantage
  • Connecticut General
  • Coordinated Care Medicaid (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • CoreSource
  • CorVel Disability Management PPO
  • Coventry/First Health (most products accepted)
  • Crime Victims Compensation
  • Department of Social and Health Services (zip code restrictions)
  • Equicor
  • First Choice Health Network (all programs accepted)
  • Greatwest Healthcare (all programs accepted)
  • Group Health Cooperative Clear Care PPO (with authorization from GHC)
  • Guardian
  • Health Management Network
  • Health Net Federal Services (CHAMPUS)
  • Healthsmart
  • Healthy Options (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Healthy Options (Comm. Health) Plan of WA
  • Holland American Cruise Lines
  • Humana Choice
  • ILWU-PMA (Longshoremen)
  • Indian Health Services
  • Interplan
  • John Alden
  • Johnston & Culbertson
  • King County
  • Kitsap Physician Services (KPS Health Plans)
  • Labor and Industries
  • LifeWise Health Plan of Washington LIfeWise Assurance Company
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
  • Med Advantage
  • Medicaid (zip code restrictions)
  • Medicare (by referral only)
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Molina Healthcare (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Multiplan/PHCS (all programs accepted)
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Northwest Administrators
  • NorthwestOne
  • Options Healthcare
  • Pacific Medical Centers
  • PacifiCare
  • Physicians Mutual Insurance
  • PPONext (Concentra)
  • Premera Blue Cross (all programs accepted)
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)/Multiplan (all programs accepted)
  • Providence Health Plan Preferred
  • Regence Blue Shield Selections
  • Self-Insured Workers Compensation
  • Sound Health and Wellness (Puget Sound Health Partners)
  • Soundpath Health
  • State Industrial Workers Compensation
  • StayWell Insurance (all programs accepted)
  • Sterling Insurance
  • Teamsters
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • TRICARE Extra (PC zip code restrictions)
  • Uniform Medical Plan
  • United Healthcare Secure Horizons of WA
  • United Healthcare West FKA Pacificare (Not Medicare)
  • Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Community Care/TriWest (authorization may be required)
  • Vision Service Plan
  • Washington Apple Health (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, DCHS and HCA)
  • Washington Basic Health Plan
  • Washington Healthcare Authority
  • Wellpoint (all programs accepted)
  • Workers Compensation Federal
  • Zenith Administrators
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Education

University of Arizona College of Medicine
medical school, 2007
University of Washington
internship, General Surgery, 2008
University of Washington
residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2012
Southern California Orthopedic Institute
fellowship, Sports Medicine, 2013

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Surgery, Orthopedic

Clinical Interests

  • Abnormalities Of The Arms
  • Abnormalities Of The Hips
  • Abnormalities Of The Legs
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acl Injuries
  • Acl Repair
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Revision
  • Anterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Arm Arthritis
  • Arm Fracture
  • Arm Injury
  • Arm Mass
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy Of Ankle
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Arthroscopy Of Knee
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Back Fracture
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Bankart Lesion
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Tear
  • Biceps Tendon Repair
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bone Density
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Mass
  • Bone Tumor
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Buckle Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Cartilage Transplantation Autograft
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Chondroma
  • Chondromalacia
  • Clavicle
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Clicking Elbow
  • Clicking Shoulder
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Delayed Union
  • Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • Dislocated Knee
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibulectomy
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Foot Pain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Of Ankle
  • Fracture Of Fibula
  • Fracture Of Finger
  • Fracture Of Forearm
  • Fracture Of Leg
  • Fracture Of Tibia
  • Fracture Of Wrist
  • Fractures
  • Frozen Joint
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Fusion Of Joint
  • Galeazzi Fracture
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Growth Plate Fracture
  • Growth Plate Injury
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Hemarthrosis
  • High Tibial Osteotomy
  • Hip Arthroplasty
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Rotator Cuff
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Iliotibial Band
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Injury Of Muscle
  • Injury To Hand
  • Injury To The Hip
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Joint Disorder
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Sprain
  • Joint Swelling
  • Joint Warmth
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain For Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Knock Knee Deformity
  • Labral Tear
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Limb Length Difference
  • Limb Salvage
  • Makoplasty
  • Malunion Fracture
  • Mandibular Maxillary Osteotomy
  • Medial Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Knee
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Median Nerve Entrapment At Elbow
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Muscle Strain
  • Muscle Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor
  • Non-Displaced Fracture
  • Nonunion Fracture
  • Orthopedic Infections
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteolysis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Pathological Fracture
  • Pelvis Injury
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periprosthetic Humerus Fracture
  • Popliteal Cyst
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Quadricep Injury
  • Radial Head Subluxation
  • Reconstructive Knee Surgery
  • Resurfacing Of Hip
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rickets
  • Robotic Hip Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rupture Of Achilles Tendon
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Sequestrectomy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Slap Tear
  • Sprain
  • Sternal Clavicular Joint Dislocation
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenodesis
  • Thumb Fracture
  • Tibial Torsion
  • Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
  • Toe Amputation
  • Toe Bone Spur
  • Torn Ligament
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Torn Meniscus Repair
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Revision
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Revision
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Sprain
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Professional Associations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons AAOS), Arthroscopy Association of Northern America (AANA), The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
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Languages

  • English

Practice Locations

Nels E. Sampatacos practices at one location

The Polyclinic Madison Center - Orthopedics