On Friday, December 7, expert orthopedic surgeons at Porter and Parker Adventist Hospitals provided free hip and knee replacements to 18 patients from the Denver area as part of Operation Walk USA 2012.
This year 14 people were selected to receive free joint replacement surgery at Porter Hospital and four will have the procedure done at Parker. All of the patients were without insurance, are at or below the poverty line and were selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Operation Walk USA 2012 provided all aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and postoperative care – at no cost to participating patients.
Through Operation Walk USA 2012, 109 orthopedic surgeons across the U.S. provided free hip or knee replacements to more than 200 individuals in 29 states the week of December 3. In Denver, only Porter and Parker Hospitals participated in the program.
To provide some perspective, while more than one million hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritis pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.
Operation Walk USA began in 2011 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions throughout the world. To date, more than 6,000 patients have received new knees and hips through the International Operation Walk.