Colorado Springs Orthopedic News

Donald J. Lao, DO
Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Donald Lao, a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon, is a native of Utah and joined The Colorado Center for Orthopaedic Excellence in 2023. His clinical expertise is in primary and complex revision hip and knee replacement, prosthetic joint infections, and orthopedic trauma, particularly fractures occurring around hip and knee replacements. He pursued additional fellowship training in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery, including anterior approach total hip arthroplasty, partial knee replacement, and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgery.


Treatment Of Common Problems With
  • Hip & Knee Replacement
  • Revision Knee Replacement
  • Revision Hip Replacement
  • Anterior Hip Replacement


Joe F
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Dr Lao did a great job explaining what would happen with my procedure. He has great follow-up post-op and has an excellent bedside manner.
Tim C
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I have had two visits so far. The staff is very friendly and efficient. They have done a great job explaining my treatment options and answering my questions.
Dennis C
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A young ,well trained, common sense doctor with great person to person skills. This young man is gunna be a great one. Nowadays finding docs like Dr Lao is very difficult. And I’m a doctor with over 40 yrs experience.
Susie J
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Had my hip replaced by Dr Lao two weeks ago. Can’t say enough good things, he’s the best and so is his staff! I’m 71 and can’t wait to go skiing next winter thanks to him!
Shayna J
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Dr. Lao is personable and a professional. He listened to what I had said and answered questions. Excellent doctor.
  • Partial and Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial and Total Knee Replacement
  • Revision Hip and Knee Replacement
  • BS: Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID. August 2010 – May 2012 – BS Biology, Chemistry minor
    University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK August 2009 – May 2010
    Snow College, Ephraim, UT August 2007 – May 2009
  • MD: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona July 2013 – May 2017
    Mesa, AZ
  • Residency: Research Medical Center July 2017 – June 2022
    – Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
    – Kansas City University. Kansas City, MO
    – Program Director: Charles Orth, DO
  • Fellowship: University of Minnesota/Regions Hospital combined adult reconstruction and trauma fellowship in St. Paul, MN, under Dr. Scott Marston and Dr. Peter Cole
  • Board-Eligible – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society member 2015 – Present
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