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Dr. Bruggeman’s practice is focused on hand, elbow and shoulder conditions and Worker’s Compensation cases. He treats some of the most difficult injuries in the region as one of the only Level 1 trauma providers in the area, treating major orthopaedic injuries of all kinds at Nebraska Medicine.  He sees many second opinion cases and helps train tomorrow’s doctors, nurses and more. Sports medicine has been a big part of Dr. Bruggeman’s practice as well, serving as the team physician for multiple sports teams.

Dr. Bruggeman enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer and outdoor activities.

Conditions

Animal Bites, Biceps Tear at the Elbow, Biceps Tear at the Shoulder, Broken Collarbone, Broken Hand or Wrist, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel, De Quervain’s Tendinosis, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Elbow Arthritis, Elbow Bursitis, Elbow UCL Tears, Flexor Tendon Injuries, Fractured or Dislocated Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Ganglion Cysts, Golfer’s Elbow, Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist, Trigger Finger, Labrum Tears (SLAP), Rotator Cuff Tears, Shoulder Injuries, Shoulder Impingement, Separated Shoulder, Shoulder Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, and less common conditions

Treatments

Carpal Tunnel Release, Elbow Scope, Ganglion Removal, Tennis Elbow Surgery, Trigger Finger Release, Ulnar Nerve Surgery, Wrist Scope, Wrist Repair, and less common treatments

Ages treated: All ages

Accepts workers comp: Yes

22 Years in Practice

Credentials

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Orthopaedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

  • Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center | Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, 2005
  • Mayo Clinic| Orthopaedic Residency, 2004
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center | MD, 1999 (High Distinction)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln | BS, 1995 (Biology)

Memberships & Awards

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • OrthoNebraska Clinics Board of Directors
  • Nebraska Orthopedic Society (President)

Patient Reviews

4.7 out of 5 (806 Ratings, 193 Comments)

5 stars
May 14, 2019
I came in to Urgent Care and a terrific staff person transferred me to the clinic for immediate attention of a hand surgeon.
5 stars
May 14, 2019
Dr. Nick Bruggeman and the staff at OrthoNebraska were fantastic. Check in was smooth, very brief wait time, and excellent care. Hopefully we won't have any more orthopedic needs in the future, but if we do we'll be back. Thank you!
1 stars
Apr 30, 2019
I waited in the waiting room for 30 minutes past my appointment time. When I got taken back and Dr. Bruggeman finally came in he spent maybe 5 minutes with me. I walked out with a wrist brace and had zero clue how long I should wear it, how often I should wear it and if I need to come back. I was very upset and will not be following up.
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