Surgical Services

Holy Cross Hospital in Taos meets your surgical needs in the following areas:

Procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical pavilion. A broad array of endoscopic and colonoscopic procedures are routinely performed. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) provide anesthesia services for our surgical team.  Our surgeons are Board Certified, with advanced training in various specialty areas.

Good preparation can help anyone feel less anxious about the anesthesia and surgery and help get you through the recovery period faster. To help you understand what to expect during your surgery and recovery period we’ve created a short video. Click on the link to watch it.

Available Surgeries

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Surgery Descriptions:

General Surgery

Taos Surgical Specialties is home to a team of experienced, professional surgeons. Our office is conveniently located next to Holy Cross Hospital on Weimer Road. The professionals at Taos Surgical Specialties are pleased to offer a wide range of surgical services for northern New Mexicans, including minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgeries. Click here for more information about Taos Surgical Specialties. 



Urological Surgery

Dr. Cockburn is a urological surgeon who has practiced for 20 years in New York and Florida before moving to Taos in 2003. He has also held numerous academic positions both in Boston, New York and Florida. Dr. Cockburn is one of five surgeons at Taos Surgical Specialties. He provides Taos with a full range of urological services including:

  • Prostrate and renal cancer support
  • Kidney cancer treatment
  • Kidney stones treatment (basket and lithotripsy or ESWL)
  • Bladder Suspensions
  • Vasectomy
  • Circumcisions

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Orthopedic Surgery

Holy Cross Hospital is fortunate to work with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country, who offer a wide range of services to including treatment of:

  • Shoulder and Clavical fractures
  • Elbow and wrist fractures and dislocations
  • Total hip replacements 
  • Total knee replacements
  • Anterior curciate Ligament (ACL)

Taos Orthopaedic Institute (TOI) is a center of excellence for sports medicine and arthroscopy. Utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques, the physicians offer a wide variety of conservative and surgical options for the patient with injuries. TOI’s orthopaedic surgeons have specialty training and extensive experience in the use of arthroscopic surgery for both diagnosis and treatment.

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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are not uncommon in athletes. ACL injuries happens every day to athletes, whether professional, amateur, or weekend warrior. ACL injuries typically occur in sporting activities with contact and pivoting motions. They can also result from severe hyperextension of the knee joint. Common sports that increase risk of injury include: soccer, football, basketball, skiing, golf, volleyball, or tennis.

The ACL is one of four major knee ligaments. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) keeps the knee from buckling inward. The other two main ligaments of the knee, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), carry similar functions. The PCL prevents the lower leg from moving backward, and the LCL protects the knee from collapsing outward. Finally, the ACL prevents the lower leg from rotating inward or moving forward with respect to the thigh.

When a joint moves in an abnormal fashion, it may stretch and injure surrounding tissues – such as ligaments. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect one bone to another and serve to stabilize and coordinate motion at a joint.

In a pivot, the foot is planted with the knee bent when a sudden change in direction occurs, which stresses the ligament. The knee injury can also occur when it is struck from the outside. The resulting force may drive the tibia forward while the femur stays in place or is driven backward.

ACL surgery is necessary once hyperextension, tearing of the ligament, or movement within the knee joint has occurred.

The ACL is critical to knee stability, and people who injure their ACL often complain of their knee giving out from under them. Therefore, many patients who sustain an ACL tear opt to have surgical treatment.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • A loud "popping" sound from the knee
  • Severe pain and inability to continue activity
  • Knee swelling that usually worsens for hours after the injury occurs
  • A feeling of instability or "giving way" with weight bearing

Most people seek immediate medical attention after an ACL injury.

Patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos are spending less time in the operating room, spending less money on the procedure, and are less likely to suffer post-operative complications than patients elsewhere in the U.S., according to a survey by Orthopedics This Week.

The journal named Holy Cross as one of the top 25 hospitals in the country for the knee operation. More-efficient procedures have also lowered the cost of ACL surgery at Holy Cross Hospital, to rates far below the national average of $7,008. The typical cost of ACL surgery at Holy Cross Hospital is $2,998, according to the survey.

Doctors at the Taos Orthopedic Institute, who perform their operations at Holy Cross, have embraced a surgical technique called “Graft-Link.” The method is described as a “second-generation, no-incision” means of ACL reconstruction. The less-invasive procedures are also lowering the risk of infection. The complication rate for ACL surgeries at Holy Cross Hospital is near zero, according to the survey.

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Gynecological Surgery

Our providers at Women's Health Institute are your complete resource for women’s health care in Taos.

Gynecology is the field of medicine that focuses on the general health of women and female reproductive organs. Gynecologic surgery, then, refers to any procedure that is performed to treat the female reproductive system, including treatments of:

  • Fibroid cysts
  • Infertility
  • Permanent sterilization
  • Incontinence and
  • More

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ENT Surgery

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Podiatry Surgery

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