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Nicholas A. Viens, MD

Nicholas A. Viens, MD

Foot & Ankle

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill
Durham
Southpoint
Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Dr. Viens is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with additional fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. He graduated from Duke University and the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Viens completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in orthopedic surgery of the foot and ankle at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.

Dr. Viens is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society(AOFAS). He was an AOFAS Resident Scholar; an American Orthopedic Association (AOA)Resident Leadership Forum Nominee; and a John A. Feagin, Jr., M.D., Leadership Program Medical Scholar.

Dr. Viens has co-authored publications in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Foot and Ankle International, Journal of Arthroplasty, and Journal of Surgical Orthopedic Advances.

Dr. Viens currently serves as an Associate CME Editor for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. (JBJS). He reviews and revises CME questions based on content published in JBJS to help maintain and improve the high-quality of JBJS’s CME activities.

Dr. Viens enjoys working with patients with general orthopedic problems and has particular clinical interests in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine focusing on the foot and ankle. Whether treating a competitive athlete following an acute injury or an older patient with long-standing arthritis, Dr. Viens loves helping patients decide upon treatment plans that fit their individual needs and improve their quality of life, using both non- surgical and surgical options. Dr. Viens performs surgery with open and arthroscopic techniques and is proud to offer total ankle replacement as a potential treatment option to his patients.

Prior to joining EmergeOrtho Dr. Viens practiced orthopedic surgery in Lexington, Kentucky. He returned to the Triangle with his wife, who graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their children.

 

 

Read the new EmergeOrtho Blog post from Dr. Viens here:

“When an Ankle Sprain Won’t Heal”

Patient Testimonials

Highly Recommend Dr. Viens

“What can I say about Dr. Viens. I was crippled from ankle arthritis and he performed a total ankle. Before I had the surgery he told me what would happen the first year and he was spot on. He clearly explained the risks and rewards of this type of surgery. He is a kind and truly caring doctor, he speaks to you like an old friend, not just another patient. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Viens along with his wonderful staff. I truly appreciate what he did for me and I am walking perfectly.”

Pain Free After 40 Years of Chronic Ankle Pain!
Dr. Viens performed a total ankle replacement on me. After nearly 40 years of chronic pain with my ankle I am now 3 months post-op and virtually pain free. As time goes by I expect to be totally pain free. Dr. Viens is very professional and compassionate. He answers all questions and spends all needed time during appointments. My surgery and recovery has been just as Dr. Viens has said. I would recommend anyone with chronic ankle pain to see Dr. Viens for an evaluation.

Great!
“WOW! My doctor was great: spent time with me I needed, answered questions, good rapport, gave me the medical information I needed and explained next steps in a clear manner. Thanks so much!”

Highly Recommend!
“Dr. Viens has always been extremely professional. He did a phenomenal job and is a good listener. He gives good, sound, realistic advice. I enjoyed working with Dr. Viens and would highly recommend him.”

Terrific!
“Dr. Viens was very thorough, answering all of my questions and explaining how I could heal surgically or non-surgically. I couldn’t give him high enough marks. Every time I had a question through the portal, I got a quick response. It has just been way beyond anything I would have expected. Triangle Orthopedics is a great practice and he’s a terrific addition.”

Great Bedside Manner!
“I am very blessed and thankful that Dr Viens did my foot surgery. He took time to explain things and, at the same time as the old saying goes, “he has a great bedside manner”. You don’t see that much anymore and especially in a young doctor. My husband was pleased with the way he explained things after the procedure. In short I was scared to death and he was very confident and I could see that. Dr Viens’s nurse, Kellie, was also very caring and sweet. Between 1 and 10, I rate them 15.”

Excellent and Caring Surgeon!
“Dr. Viens is not only one of the most knowledgeable and caring doctors I’ve met, he is also an EXCELLENT surgeon! On November 30th, I missed the last step on a staircase and wound up with a sprain of my tarsometatarsal joint and ligament of my foot. On December 12th, he performed surgery. I was in and out in 5 hours, EVERYTHING went well. During my post op visits – everything he told me to expect was accurate in time and healing. The stitches were very neatly done and removed. (his great assistant, Kellie, removed the stitches. They are an excellent team!) He patiently answered all of my questions, instructed me as what to do and what to expect. Each post-op visit, the result was just as he described and exactly what I expected. I give him 10 Stars, not just because he is an excellent surgeon who does great work, but BECAUSE HE ALSO CARES!!! Thank you Dr. Viens! You’re one of the BEST!!!”

TOP NOTCH DOC!
“I initially saw Dr. Nicholas Viens as a second opinion for my ankle injury. Even though he gave me the same diagnosis as the first surgeon, I immediately knew I would continue my care, and have him perform my surgery.
My first impression of Dr. Viens was that he was extremely knowledgeable of my orthopedic diagnosis, and the most up-to-date treatments and surgery procedures. He took the time to make sure I understood what the results of my injury were, and all available options for moving forward.
Dr. Viens performed surgery in September, 2015, to repair my damaged peroneal tendon and ligaments. The results have been beyond my expectations! I am now over 6 months post-surgery, and I no longer have the nagging pain and discomfort I had before surgery. My ankle is healing as expected, and I am regaining strength and resuming normal activities.
I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to Dr. Viens, and the entire staff at Triangle Orthopedics. Dr. Viens has always taken the time to explain all aspects of my care, always making me feel as if I was his only patient for the day. He is a perfectionist with his patients’ care, always wanting and providing the best possible outcome for them. Dr. Viens showed me he is a hands-on doctor, even working with the x-ray tech one day to help take x-rays. Additionally, I have always been examined by him, and not an assistant.
The entire staff, from the ladies at the front check-in, to the medical staff have been very pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable as well. Customer service is a “deal-breaker” for me, and every employee at Triangle Orthopedics, Durham, has provided me with excellence.
I would highly recommend Dr. Viens. He is a wonderful asset to Triangle Orthopedics. He and the staff have provided me with a great patient experience.”

Highly Recommend Dr. Viens!
“What can I say about Dr. Viens. I was crippled from ankle arthritis and he performed a total ankle. Before I had the surgery he told me what would happen the first year and he was spot on. He clearly explained the risks and rewards of this type of surgery. He is a kind and truly caring doctor, he speaks to you like an old friend, not just another patient. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Viens along with his wonderful staff. I truly appreciate what he did for me and I am walking perfectly.”

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Education

  • Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • Fellowship: Orthopedic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado

Honors

Associations

  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
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I fractured both my tibia and fibula and the malleoli and Dr. Viens did my surgery. Not only was his bedside manner excellent, but his explanations regarding my recovery and range of motion were all perfect. My surgery went wonderfully, and I get compliments on how well my scars look all the time, too. My recovery and range of motion are EXCELLENT, and I healed even quicker than what is typically expected for my type of fractures.

Sonia D

PATIENT

Fantastic experience! Dr. Viens and his staff are second to none! I found them to be highly competent, efficient, friendly and professional! Well worth the hour and a half drive for my visits!

Merry S

PATIENT

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