Specialties

  • Your best choice for orthopedic surgery.

  • When you're faced with a chronic joint pain, you want to choose a specialized center with a track record of excellent outcomes and outstanding customer service. The Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango is just that, which is why we're the region's leader in joint replacement.


    Excellence in orthopedic surgery

    Healthgrades 2017 OrthopedicsHealthgrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has recognized Mercy’s orthopedic care as:

    • Only hospital in Colorado to be Named One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)
    • Only hospital in Colorado to be Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)
    • Only hospital in Colorado to achieve a Five-Star Rating for Hip Fracture Treatment for 6 Years in a Row (2012-2017)

    Steps to surgical success

    When it comes to surgery, we believe Center of Excellence patients are the most important members of the care team. Through extensive patient education and thorough communication, we ensure that our patients and their coaches know exactly what to expect and what is expected of them before, during, and after surgery.

    Personalized, thorough pre-operative education is essential, as well-informed patients have better outcomes. Because patients’ time is valuable, pre-operative education and testing are done in one day, so patients travel to the hospital only once.

    Patients receive detailed, educational notebooks that explain everything they need to know about their procedure and what to do before and after their surgery. Newsletters and in-room posters outline daily goals for recovering patients so they know what to expect and what their daily recovery goals are.


    What our patients have to say


  • Christina RinderleI had a long overdue surgery on my foot to address a problem that had been causing me chronic pain. My primary care provider recommended Dr. Lucas, and I’m so glad that he did. Dr. Lucas talked me through the entire procedure and clearly explained what he would do to correct the problem. He set realistic expectations for my recovery time and offered recommendations to aid in the process.

    I was nervous before the procedure as I had never undergone general anesthesia, but Dr. Lucas and his team talked me through each step and helped to calm my nerves. The nursing staff at Mercy was exemplary. Everyone I came into contact with was kind, patient, and explained everything along the way. I could not be more pleased with the results following the surgery.

    The fact that Dr. Lucas is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the foot and ankle gave me great confidence. He is knowledgeable, friendly, confident, and he continues to educate himself, offering cutting edge technology and skills delivering stunning results.

    Cynthia LemingBefore surgery, I could not walk without pain in my right ankle; the joint had completely worn out. It was bone on bone. I decided to have total ankle replacement surgery at Mercy. I was real impressed with Dr. Lucas’s concern for my overall health, and the staff went over all the information before my surgery so I felt confident. The surgery went smoothly, and I was in the hospital for one night and the staff was very attentive. I now have no pain in my ankle and am back to walking comfortably. I look forward to getting back to fly fishing and riding my horse.
    Ray LeakBefore my hip surgery at Mercy, I could hardly walk. Sometimes the pain was so bad, it kept me awake at night. Since my surgery, I try to get out on my mountain bike two or three times a week and put in another 60 miles or so on my road bike. I feel like a new person.
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