Northwest Iowa Bone, Joints and Sports Surgeons

Whether you are an injured athlete or just want to be able to walk without pain, the physicians at NWIA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons will do their best to help you achieve your goal. The success in helping patients reach their goals is what attracts people from NW Iowa and SW Minnesota to one of NWIA Bone’s 10 clinics.

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Bill Follows, NWIA Bone has grown to six Orthopedic Surgeons, two Podiatrists, three Physician Assistants, two Physical Therapists and 50+ employees. They provide medical direction for Athletic Trainers covering 23 high schools in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota as well as Buena Vista University and Iowa Lakes Community College.

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The myth of having to go to the “city” to get great orthopedic care is going away. NWIA Bone offers anterior total hip replacement, robotic assisted joint replacement surgery, short stay total knee replacements as well as all the latest sports medicine procedures. Their Podiatrists provide specialized foot & ankle care, including total ankle replacement. Dr. Phil Deffer is the region’s only board certified hand surgeon. NWIA Bone also provides Emergency Room services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no need to travel to take advantage of exceptional experienced surgeons and all the latest in technology, knowledge, and surgical procedure techniques. It is all just minutes from your home.

"I learned to cope with pain for a long time and forgot how good life feels being pain free. Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint, & Sports Surgeons gave me a chance to really enjoy life again!" — Bob Shaw

Everyone knows Bob Shaw, right? Maybe you know him as the guy in the ice cream truck? Bob has been a long-time resident of the Iowa Great Lakes. He successfully opened and ran Shaw Paint and Glass throughout his entire working career.

Once Bob retired, he knew he didn’t want to sit around. It’s why most summer days Bob is cruising around in his ice cream truck, ringing the music. He loves sharing special treats with old and young.

As he got older, he didn't know life without pain. He thought it was just his body getting old and completely believed the saying, "growing old isn't for the weak." He pressed on, but everyday simple life hurt. Things like going up and down stairs took a huge toll on his body. This is when he visited the Doctors at NWIA Bone.

Fast forward to today, He has had both his left and right hips robotically replaced, as well as one of his knees. Bob feels like a new man.

"It is like learning to walk again, in a good way. Things don't hurt as they used to." he said.

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Left to Right:

Seth Harrer, MD · Philip Deffer, MD · Christopher Rierson, DO

Andrew Pick, DO · Jason Hough, DO · Jesse Wolfe, DPM

Tim Blankers, DPM · John Leupold, MD

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Exceptional. Dependable. Local.

Many of the surgeons at NWIA Bone returned home to care for their communities.  Drs. Hough, Leupold, Rierson, Harrer, Pick, Blankers & Wolfe grew up in the Iowa Lakes region. Dr. Phil Deffer came to NWIA Bone after training in the Army with Dr. Rick Wilkerson, an Iowa native. Many of them became interested in orthopedic surgery following an athletic injury, some seeking care at the practice they now are a part of.  They take great pride in providing exceptional care to friends and family and are proud to give back to the communities that supported them while they were growing up.

When you are feeling less than perfect, come talk to us. NWIA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons can meet you in Spencer, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Algona, Primghar or Sibley. Let their team help you start living better, right here at home.

NWIA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons
1-800-248-4049 or visit