Dr. Don Lester, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Dr. Don Lester, MD
Dr. Don Lester, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Fresno, CA. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Lester is affiliated with Madera Community Hospital and Community Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Lester's Care Philosophy

Dr. Lester's philosophy and commitment is to provide a better Quality of life through high quality surgeries that take less time with faster recovery, less infections, and lower cost. He has perfected the hip and knee replacement surgery utilizing a very small incision and reducing the surgery time to less than one hour, helping to reduce the blood transfusion rate to 20%!

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    in Fresno, CA |
    Dr. Lester performed hip replacement surgery on both hips during 2011. Surgery was easy and recovery was quick.
    Fresno, CA |
    He may be highly medically trained but he has some of the worst bed side manor I have ever experienced. Dr Lester seemed more interested in telling me a personal story about himself than listening to what my issues were. At one point he even informed me that I was not in pain. He then said and this is a direct quote Don't be a sissy. It's amazing he can tell what someone's pain level is after spending less than 30 seconds with them. Absolutely unprofessional.
    Horrible experience treated me like I didn't even exist,.. also stated to me NEVER to come back to his office,,What a jerk he is..
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    Dr. Lester's Care Philosophy

    Dr. Lester's philosophy and commitment is to provide a better Quality of life through high quality surgeries that take less time with faster recovery, less infections, and lower cost. He has perfected the hip and knee replacement surgery utilizing a very small incision and reducing the surgery time to less than one hour, helping to reduce the blood transfusion rate to 20%!

    Dr. Lester's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
      • Sterling Who's Who, 1995
      • Marquis Who's Who, 1995
      • West's Who's Who in Health and Medical Services, 1990
      • Who's Who in California, 1982-1994
      • Who's Who in Health Care Professionals, 1990-1993
      • Who's Who in Young Americans, 1991
      • Two Thousand Notable American Men, 1985
      • International Man of the Year, International Biographical Centre, England, 1997
      • Patent for "Easy-In Hip Fixation Device", Pending
      • Best Total Joint Practice, by Community Hospitals of Central California, 1994-1996
      • Patent for "Kirschner VectorTM - Pressfit Hip Prosthesis", 1993
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    • Media & Publications
      • Mini-Incision Posterior Approach for Hip Arthroplasty, Dec 2001
      • Sliding Screw Fixation of 100 Intratrochanteric Hip Fractures: Ambulation and Discharge Results, 2002
      • Mini Palm Incision of Carpal Tunnel Release, June 1995
      • A Minimum 10-Year Follow-up Study of Grit-Blasted Titanium Femoral Hip Replacements, 2003
      • Mini-Incision Hip Replacement: Is there a real benefit?, 2003
      • Program on Total Hip Replacement, 1995

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Ankle Fracture
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Ankle Sprains and Strains
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
    • Arthritis
    • Ataxia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Back Pain
    • Baker’s Cyst
    • Bone Disorders
    • Broken Arm
    • Bunion
    • Bursitis
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Clavicle Fracture
    • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
    • De Quervain's Disease
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Difficulty With Walking
    • Dupuytren's Contracture
    • Elbow Injuries
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Femur Fracture
    • Foot Conditions
    • Foot Fracture
    • Fracture
    • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Ganglion Cyst
    • Gout
    • Hand Conditions
    • Hand Fracture
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hip Disorders
    • Hip Injury
    • Hip Sprain
    • Internal Derangement of Knee
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Joint Pain
    • Knee Dislocation
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Fracture
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Sprain
    • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
    • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
    • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
    • Limb Pain
    • Low Back Pain
    • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
    • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
    • Osteoarthritis of Hands
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Pelvic Fracture
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Pseudoarthrosis
    • Pyogenic Arthritis
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Runner's Knee
    • Sacrum Disorders
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Shoulder Dislocation
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
    • Sjögren's Syndrome
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Systemic Chondromalacia
    • Trigger Finger


    • Medical School
      University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine

      Graduated in 1979

    • Internship Hospital
      Usc University Hospital

      Completed in 1980

    • Residency Hospital
      Penn States Milton S Hershey Medical Center

      Completed in 1984

    • Undergraduate School
      University Of California At San Diego

      Graduated in 1973

    • Other Education
      University Of California, San Francisco (Ucsf-Fresno)

      Completed in 2006

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • Spanish

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • Excision of Femur or Knee
    • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Fracture Care
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Replacement Revision
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Hip Surgery
    • Joint Drainage
    • Joint Replacement Surgery
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Knee Replacement
    • Knee Replacement Revision
    • Knee Surgery
    • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
    • Neuroplasty
    • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
    • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Steroid Injection
    • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
    • Trigger Point Injection
    • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate