In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

You can also read what our patients are saying about Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center by visiting our doctor profiles.

Read what our patients are saying about Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center.


Average Rating: 5
“I needed a total knee replacement a couple of years ago. I was having a hard time finding a doctor who would do the surgery because I was two years away from turning fifty. The doctors I went to wanted me to wait until I was at least 50. The problem with this was I couldn't put any weight on that leg and was having difficulty walking. My quality of life suffered and I was miserable. When I explained my situation to Dr. Papendick he immediately agreed to do the surgery! Thank God he did, and my knee is doing awesome thanks to my wonderful doctor. I highly recommend Dr, Papendick to anyone who needs surgery.”
– Char S.
Treated by: Lew Papendick, MD
“In the spring of 2013 I damaged my left knee playing hockey.  After waiting a month or so to see if it would get better on its own I went to see Dr. Eckrich.  It turns out that I had torn the meniscus in my knee and that I would need surgery to repair it.  Within a few days I had the surgery and literally walked out of the  Black Hills Surgery Hospital. After a short recovery period, the knee was as good as new and I was cleared to return to normal activity. A year and a half later I damaged my right knee working around the property.  I knew immediately that I had done a mirror image of what I had done to my left knee a year and a half earlier.  This time I didn't wait, but went to see Dr. Eckrich right away.  My experience was pretty much a repeat of my earlier experience.  Within days my knee was repaired and returning to normal I can't say enough good things about Dr. Eckrich and the staffs at the Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center and the Black Hills Surgery Hospital.  Today I am on the downhill side of 70, I still go for 4-mile walks, I still work summers during wildfire season and I lead a perfectly normal and active life.”
– Ken W.
Treated by: Stephen Eckrich, MD
“My primary doctor referred me to the Orthopedic and Spine Center after having tried other avenues to help relieve my hip pain.  I was welcomed and received excellent care from my first appointment through my total hip replacement surgery and onward through physical therapy.  Dr. Marrs and his assistants were very forthcoming and honest when explaining the procedure and recovery.  I attended the surgical centers information program, which I highly recommend to all who are considering replacement surgery.  I should say that I took a leap of Faith when my primary doctor recommended Dr. Marrs.  I wanted to meet with the surgeon who would preform my surgery, I wanted to ask questions, speak eye-ball to eye-ball with my doctor.  From the first meeting I found Dr. Marrs to be personable and knowledgeable.  I came away feeling that I was in good hands.  Now over a year later I am back on my two feet.  Yeah!  I have some stiffness from time to time.  No pain, no pain pills, and I can golf again.   Just give their center a try, ask questions, meet your doctor and take that leap of Faith that God has given these people the finest of skills to help all of us who experience joint problems.”
– Robyn H.
Treated by: Jeff Marrs, MD
“I had total knee replacement and I'm impressed with the results. From surgery through therapy, I felt confident in the professionals. I'm very pleased with the results and more than satisfied I didn't drive to the big city!”
– Ron S.
Treated by: Lew Papendick, MD
“I am a 67 year old Viet Nam Vet that has slowly lost mobility in my hips due to arthritis.  My primary care is with the VA in Hot Springs and they sent me to Dr. Mortimer for a hip replacement of my right hip in June of 2014.  I'm happy to let you know I walk the dog daily now and can golf again.  I have the same handicap so will have to talk to Luke about how I can improve that when I need the left hip replaced.  Keep up the good work!”
– Tom C.
Treated by: Luke Mortimer, MD
“Dr. Lang is a very competent Doctor.  I have had excellent treatment from him.  I would strongly recommend him for your care.”
– Robert H.
Treated by: David Lang, MD
“I had suffered with knee pain for many many years. When shots quit working, I discussed total knee replacement with Dr. Marrs.  In 2011 I had the surgery with excellent results and would do it again in a minute. In fact, I talked to a gal a couple weeks ago who went to see Dr. Marrs because of what I had shared with her: how happy I was that I did it, that you have to take P.T. seriously for the best results. She also really liked her results of knee replacement.   Dr. Marrs  also has done tendon release and carpal tunnel surgery on me, with great success. He's an awesome doctor!”
– Bonnie C.
Treated by: Jeff Marrs, MD
“Several years ago I was referred to Dr. Renaud by the Emergency center of the hospital because I had an infected foot. Dr. Renaud immediately recognized it as a nerve disorder and referred me to the doctor who could help me. I was feeling better within days. Dr. Renaud also fit me for orthopedic inserts because my heels were hurting. I have had those orthotics for about 7 years and my heel pain went away. Just recently I started having knee pain, so he refit me for another pair of orthotics and I am waiting for those to come in. I am hoping that the new orthotics being more cushy because they are new, will help my knee pain to decrease. I am indebted to Dr. Renaud and his staff for helping me heal. Very thorough treatment. i recommend him to everyone I know.”
– Laurie J.
Treated by: Kent Renaud, DPM
“I injured my knee when I was younger when I was playing basketball and Dr. Fromm did the knee surgery (scope) and it went perfectly. I ran 2 half marathons after college. I then injured my other knee and Dr. Fromm, although he has more grey hair now, took care of it as well! I now have no issues. He did a great job!”
– Erin T.
Treated by: Stuart Fromm, MD
“I have been having problems with both hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome.  First time I had an appointment with Dr. Dykstra wasn't sure what to expect but he's a man of action, and he explained to me options for how to treat it and went ahead with a cortisone shot and in less than 30 minutes I was out of the office and a few days later felt so much better and my hands are getting better.  Dr Dykstra really cares and addressed the problem right away.  All I can say is a big THANK YOU DOC and Staff.”
– Myra F.
Treated by: Aaron Dykstra, MD


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