Patient Testimonials

May 09, 2024

I started seeing Dr Lai in November of 2023. I brought in my X-Rays. Dr Lai told me I had severe arthritis in both of my knees with bone to bone contact.

I started with a cortisone injection followed by Viscosupplemention injections to try to decrese the pain.

It only worked for 2 weeks. I then came back to see Dr Lai and he explained the risks of Total Knee Replacement and scheduled my surgery. My Right Total Knee Replacement surgery was on 3/8/24.

I had my surgery and in one week and a half I was walking without a cane. I will be scheduling my Left knee replacment as soon as I have recovered from my right knee surgery.

- Jose Perez

March 02, 2024

I had my second knee replacement with Dr Lai on February 12, 2024. My rehabilitation is improving every day. I am grateful to Dr Lai since my first surgery in 2019. I am very happy because I am using my bicycle. And I even want to go dancing with Dr Lai because I am so happy.

- Guadalupe Armida De Cruz

March 06, 2024

Muy agradecida por qué Doctor me ha atendido muy bien me opero y sali muy bien le doy 5 estrellas.

- Patricia Hernandez

March 06, 2024

I am very happy with both of my knee replacements. I am doing well and would like to thank Dr Lai for my my surgery.

I 100 percent recomend Dr Lai.

Thank you for all your time.

- Engracia Gonzalez

March 04, 2024

Dr. Lai me hizo reemplazo de cadera apenas el 2 de enero de este año, ese mismo dia sali caminando del hospital y regrese a casa, a los tres dias ya no necesite medicamento para el dolor. Dos meses despues me siento mucho mejor, ya que dure casi dos años sufriendo con dolor. Muchas gracias a Dr. Lai y a todo su equipo por sus cuidados y atencion para mi recuperacion. Dios los bendiga siempre para que sigan ayudando a mas personas como yo. Muchas Gracias!!

- Guadalupe Amaral

September 05, 2023

Dr LaI did very good work.

I am very happy.

Total shoulder replacement September 2023.

- Guillermo Garza

September 05, 2023

Dr Christopher Lai performed a total knee replacement on my mother
My mom said Dr Lai is a hero because he did an excellent job, she doesn’t have any more pain.

Surgery was done on September 05, 2023. My mom didn’t have any complications after surgery. I want to give thanks to Dr Lai and all her staff to Isabel, George Zamora to Rita all are very helpful and professional. I would recommend Dr Lai to my friends and family. God Bless You Always 🙏

- Sanjuana

June 26, 2023

I started having knee pain 4 years ago. My sister in law recommended Dr. LaI. I made an appointment with Dr LaI and received knee injections.

The injections were not helpful. I had my left total knee replacement Sept 6 2022. I had good results so I had my right knee replacement May 6, 2023. Today June 26, 2023 Dr told my its my last appointment.

Do not continue to suffer with your knee pain. See Dr Lai. He will give you good advice and he is a good surgeon.

I am very happy with him for doing all he can for my recovery.

- Roberto Sanchez Vazquez

May 10, 2023

Dr. Lai performed a total knee replacement on me in January, 2023.

I am feeling much better thanks to my surgeon, Dr. Lai.

- Lucy David

May 3, 2023

A few months ago I developed very sharp shoulder pain. I was referred by my primary doctor to see Dr Lai .

He told me I had a rotator cuff tear that was so big big is was not repairable.
He told me that a shoulder replacement was my best option.

I had my reverse total shoudler replacement 03/21/2023.

Today was my post op visit 05/03/2023 I can move my shoulder above my head and I have much less pain.

I have put all my strengh in getting better.

Dr Lai is a very good surgean.

- Consuelo Manriquez

August 1, 2022

My right shoulder was hurting so much that I went to see Dr Lai.

I had a total shoulder replacement on my right shoulder.

Now I am almost 100 % compared to before surgery.

I am very grateful!

I thank the lord for my surgeon, I bless his hands and his life.

- Ana Rosa Mendoza

June 15, 2022

I had my left total hip replacement 5/3/22.

I had my right total hip replacement 11/11/21.

I had both hip replacements because I could not walk.

Dr Lai was a miracle in my life.

I took pain medications for only a week after surgery

Now I have no pain.

- Gilardo Castaneda

March 21, 2022

I had a left knee replacement done by another surgeon in town many years ago. The day after my surgery I noticed I had something wrong with my knee. I noticed a white fluid coming out of my knee. I called the doctor's office and they said I had an infection. They cleaned and cleaned my knee but nothing worked. I continued to have severe pain and draining from my knee.

I then transferred my care to Dr Lai He went ahead and did a revision and cleaning of my knee. Now my knee is feeling so much better. Dr Lai was an angel to my life and I am very grateful to him for saving my Life. Thank you again.

- Evangelina, Arias De Munoz

February 01, 2022

I feel very happy with my total hip replacement.

The date of surgery was 11/9/2021.

When I met Dr. Lai my hip hurt so badly that I had to be carried into the office by my son and wife.

I had my hip replacement and cannot believe how good I feel.

I really truly will recomened Dr Lai.

I am ready to go back to work.

- J Gonzale

September 29, 2021

I had a total knee replacement by Dr. Lai

I couldn't be happier I was out of the hospital the same day started therapy 2 days later I am doing great thank you Dr Lai and all his staff

- Randy

July 22, 2021

I had a Total Knee replacement with Dr Lai 7.8.2021. In Pioneers Memoral Hospital. I went through multiple treatments. From injections to therapy. I then decided to have my knee replacement. Dr Lai scheduled my surgery and explained the risks. I then spoke with surgical coordinator Rocio I also went to the joint replacement class with joint replacement coordinator George Zamora and had my surgery at the hospital I was happy, I was treated with respect. I also was seen with Isabel for my staples removal, she was very gentle and respectful. I really recommend Dr. Lai for surgery. very professional.

- Arturo Hernandez

January 18, 2021

I am very satisfied with my surgery. I had surgery November 3, 2020. I had a reverse shoulder replacement.

Before surgery my shoulder motion was limited to only 50 %. After surgery I have had 95% improvement and it has been only 2 months since I had surgery. My therapist talks highly of Dr. Lai and my rehabilitation has shown a lot of improvement.

My wife was also seen by Dr Lai. She had a shoulder fracture and her recuperation was what made me decide to have surgery. My therapy consisted of resisting band strength.

I highly recommend Dr Lai.

Estoy súper satisfecho .Tuve remplace reverso del hombro. Mi terapista está entusiasta con mi rebilitasion. Y hablan muy alta mente del Dr Lai. Mi movimiento estaba 50 % a mejorado a 95%.

- Gregory L S

January 16, 2021

Doctor Lai patched me up after a fall from a ladder while trimming my tree. Surgery on 9/8/20 at PMH to repair a fractured forearm was successful and quickly taken care of. Follow up visits on the surgery and for fractured ribs included interaction with his attentive and helpful staff. I'm back to normal again and working my job without restrictions! Thank you Dr. Lai and staff for your professional and caring attention !

- Gregory L S

January 7, 2021

I want to give my testimonial by the blessing of God. My Husband had surgery by Dr Lai 10/27/2020 Right Total Hip Replacement. My husband's recovery is great.

We are very thankful for the doctor, with the hospital, physical therapy and Dr. Lai's staff.

Thank you for your life humanity and service. Thank you very much.

- Luis G H

November 12, 2020

Dr Lai is a very good surgeon. He did both of my total hip replacements. Im 65 an have severe arthritis. The groin pain was bad. I am now pain free. Experiencing shoulder pain both sides. Currently getting injection before we do joint replacement. I trust him. Love his office staff in brawley. He's honest an explains. He listens an cares. I was referred to san diego but why. He's great.

- Donna

October 19, 2020

Dr. Lai replaced both of my husband's knees. One in December 2019, and the other in March 2020. He has made a remarkable recovery. He had been in constant pain and unable to walk without a walker. He now has no pain in either knee and is walking unassisted. When we go outside the house he does take his cane for security. I highly recommend Dr, Lai and his staff. They have been very helpful and courteous to him and me. Thank you for making us comfortable with these procedures.

- S Harris

October 1, 2020

Dr. Lai did a procedure on my husband’s knee. He had two torn meniscus and a lot of debris under the knee cap. He repaired the tears, cleaned out the debris and did a little shaving to smooth out the arthritis. Total expecting him to be in a lot of pain, I asked the Dr. to make sure he had pain pills. He used two pain pills, used his walker once and is doing awesome. Dr. Lai did an awesome job. Thank you, Dr. Lai.

- T Thompson

September 26, 2020

Dr. Lai has patched my bones and sewn me up on two occasions after sports-related bang-bang-boom-booms. His diagnosis on my collarbone break has proven better than two hospitals and an orthopedic clinic in San Diego county. Competent and professional, yet patient and humble. Seems like a real decent human being, above all. The go-to surgeon in Imperial County for adventure sportspeople and endurance athletes.

- D B Phillips

September 17, 2020

I had 3 surgeries done by Dr. Lai. The first was my wrist, the second was my knee arthroscopy and the last was my reverse total shoulder replacement. I urge patients to follow all the doctors instructions and faithfully do all the physical therapy.

I really recommend Dr. Lai.

There are many patients who are happy to have Dr. Lai in the Imperial Valley.

My mother had surgery done in 1992 by Dr. Charles Lai, the father.

- O Santos

July 19, 2020

I had surgery on my shoulder done by Doctor Lai and I am very pleased with it. He did a great job and I am recovering well.

Thank you Doctor Lai

- C Sigl

June 26, 2020

Dear Dr Lai, I would like to express my appreciation for all that you have done. After only three months my knee feel Great! I feel great that I’m able to do more and more. Thank you very much.

- R Amaya

June 25, 2020

I am very satsified with my surgeries with Dr. Lai. I had 2 total knee replacements and a carpal tunnel release and I have no more pain. He always gives me a good explanations and a good treatment plan. Everything is going well.

- J M Martinez

June 07, 2020

Three years ago I received a new shoulder from Dr Christopher Lai. The procedure is known as reverse shoulder replacement surgery. I am so happy with the outcome of that surgery. Because of his expertise I have had full range of motion with no complications since that day. I believe he is a fine orthopedic surgeon and highly recommend him.

- D L Peckham

June 05, 2020

I am very happy with the outcome of my right total knee replacement. Since my surgery I have minimal discomfort. Prior to my surgery I tried injections which were not helpful. I decided to go ahead with the surgery and I do not regret it.

Yo estoy feliz con los resultados de mi reeplaze de rdilla derecha. Despues de mi cirugia no tuve mucho dolor. Pero antes de mi cirugia tuve serie de injesiones me ayudo poco. No me arrepiento.

- Coronado, Senorina

June 05, 2020

I'm so happy with the outcome of my knee replacement procedure. It is the best feeling in the world to be able to be active again with my grandkids and to be pain free.

- R Rubio

June 04, 2020

My name is Martha Barrera. I am 82 years old. I was referred to Dr Lai by my primary doctor. I had my first appointment in April of 2018. I was suffering from severe pain in both knees. Dr Lai saw my x-rays and said I had severe osteoarthritis. He offered cortisone injections which were done. He also offered gel injections to lubricate the knees but unfortunately they were not helpful.

I then decided to have my surgery. It was a knee replacement. He explained the whole process of surgery and recovery. I did so well with my first knee replacement I decided to replace the other knee as well.

Dr Lai and staff coordinated every detail to make my surgery a success. I am now walking with very little discomfort I do have other medical issues but I am very happy I went through with the surgeries. Don’t wait too long to see my doctor. You don’t have to go out of town for surgery.

- M Barrera

June 01, 2020




May 21, 2020

I appreciate the attention from Dr Lai and staff very much.

I had a right total knee replacement with Dr Lai February 2, 2020.

I thank God that my surgery came out perfectly.

I came to my appointment today with Dr Lai and told the doctor that I don’t have any pain anymore and I have great motion and I can get back to my normal life.

I recommend Dr Lai.

Me siento mey agradecido con la attension del Dr Lai y su personal. Gracias a Dion todo salio bien de mi operason me opero el dia 2 de Febrero 2030 Mi rodilla derecha. Hoy 21 de Mayo 2020 tuve cita y no tendo dolor mi moviemiento esta perfecto yo recomiendo al Dr Lai.

- M Ledesma

May 20, 2020

I am very satisfied with my treatment from Dr Lai, He is a fantastic Dr very professional from 1 to 10 as a scale I scale Him as a 10.

- A Gargan

April 26, 2019

Aging has its consequences. Two years ago, in my late 60's, I started using a cane to walk. Walking, a natural process that I had taken for granted since the age of one, now became a very painful process. My various doctors could not pin-point what was wrong with me, but one of them recommend Dr. Lai. Dr. Lai ordered some x-rays and told me my right hip was in bad shape- wear and tear, and age had taken its toll. He did a total hip replacement. Two months after the operation, I retired the cane. Thanks to Dr. Lai, his wonderful staff, and to Pioneers Hospital.

- R Garnica

January 17, 2019

Last December Dr. Lai performed surgery on my elbow and I was absolutely impressed with the quality of his work, his professionalism, and the efficiency of his staff. It is such a blessing to have someone with such qualifications here locally. My most sincere gratitude.

- F Johnson

November 28, 2018

He did a good job she will start doing her house work she is very statisfied with her surgery. Thank you Dr Lai.

- V Ruvalcaba

November 7, 2018

Dr Lai operated on my knee 6 weeks ago. I am making good progress and feeling so much better. He did an outstanding job! I suffered an injury 5 years ago. The MRI was not showing a torn meniscus and other damage I had to the articular cartliage and patella. In fact, my last MRI showed there was no damage at all... Absolutely frustrating! Dr Lai was the only Dr that actually listened to me and was discerning enough to know that the MRI was not reflective of the truth. I especially appreciate this about him. I am so thankful!

- B Vera

September 10, 2018

I've been treating with Dr. lai for about 15 years now. Both my husband and I treat with him. He did my right rotator cuff repair. I feel 100% since the surgery. I feel very informed about my present problem and what further treatment I can receive for my left shoulder. He is a highly experienced orthopedic doctor. I recommend him 100%.

- A Arvizu

August 16, 2018

I have seen Dr. Lai for my right carpal tunnel, it was numb and painful for about a year. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and I am now pain free and able to do my usual activities. I would highly recommend Dr. Lai to my friends and family.

- C Flores

July 23, 2018

Dr. Lai did a left total knee replacement and I was able to return to work on full duty after 4 months. Before I was always in pain, now I am pain free. He did a good job and I am very happy.

- Ramona Castaneda

July 20, 2018

Dr. Lai preformed orthoscopic procedure in 1999 on my R knee when I was 34 years old. My job consisted of route sales including lifting,and lots of walking. After a 2 month rehab I was able continue my normal activities . I continue to see Dr Lai to this day as other issues have come up. He is upfront, explains your current situation in a way so you understand what is best for you and your treatment. Heres the part that is rare, Dr Lai’s staff is courteous, flexible, friendly makes it a priority so you can be in and out in a timely matter. I would recommend him to my family and friends.

- W Torrez

July 20, 2018

Since 2001, Dr. Lai has helped me with various orthopedic issues including trigger fingers, a broken foot and a wrist with torn cartilage. I feel that I have received quality care for the 17 years and have referred friends and family to him. I have found his treatment plans to be thorough and to sometimes include follow-up by additional professionals, like physical therapists. I appreciate the time he takes to explain everything and to answer my questions. My husband has had carpal tunnel surgery with great results. From what I have experienced, I would highly recommend Dr. Lai and will continue to see him for any orthopedic issues that arise.

- J A Graves

July 19, 2018

I had severe knee pain and was able to be seen within a week. The staff was very friendly. Dr. Lai explained everything and answered all my question. I definitely recommend him to friends and family.

March 10, 2017

He was compassionate, and treated me like family!!! Walked me thru my left knee problem and performed arthroscopic surgery on my left knee, totally did an excellent job on my knee on surgery day!! Totally took care of me!! I recommend people to go with Dr. Christopher Lai you won't be disappointed!! I can't say enough or express my gratitude for the excellent service!!

Feb 09, 2017

Dr. Christopher Lai is the consummate professional that I very highly recommend. He is a highly skilled precision surgeon. I had a medial and lateral meniscus tear that required arthroscopic surgery. The surgery was performed and then later healed without incident. I feel great today and am completely satisfied with his work. You can trust him to take care of you with the highest level of confidence.

Jan 13, 2017

Had total knee replacement. Very pleased with the results. No longer in pain. Surgery was done at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. Was provided Joint Replacement educational class by the hospital. Hospital stay was pleasant. Now attending therapy and almost back to normal. Would recommend to my friends and family. Dr. Lai explained everything to my satisfaction. He and his staff are always pleasant and professional. Very greatfull to Dr Lai, his staff and PMH.

  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • El Centro Regional Medical Center
  • Calexico Health Center
  • California Orthopedic Association
  • The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery