OUR MISSIONS

Panama

Over 50 surgeries have been performed in three days. Its been another amazing trip as we prepare to head home thinking about our new friendships, the lives we have changed and the imprint of what we have accomplished left behind…

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Panama

Operation Walk Denver teams strive to help people in need in many countries. The current goal is to conduct two mission trips per year.

 

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Operation Walk USA

Projected Nationwide numbers for Operation Walk USA 2013

  • 110 Surgeons
  • Approximately 250 patients
  • 40 hospitals participating
  • All surgeries being performed on the same day across the country

Porter Center for Joint Replacement Involvement:

  • 12 Patients
  • 5 Operation Walk Denver Surgeons participating
  • Many Op Walk Denver team members (nursing PT, OR staff have volunteered their time)
  • Impact for patients is life-altering
  • Operation Walk USA will continue to grow in structure and it’s reach with expansion into more remote communities throughout the country.
  • Operation Walk USA increased national recognition of our program.
  • National exposure has lead to opportunities in other areas of orthopedic research.

Operation Walk USA will continue to grow in structure and it’s reach with expansion into more remote communities throughout the country.

Operation Walk USA increased national recognition of our program.

National exposure has lead to opportunities in other areas of orthopedic research.

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Operation Walk USA

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.

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Panama

59 patients underwent surgery (totaling 71 joint replacements) by the mission team during this trip. Tears of joy were everywhere! Operation Walk Denver has been blessed to establish long term relationship with Hospital Santo Tomas and Fund Ayuda of Panama City.

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Panama

Operation Walk Denver completed a very successful mission trip to Panama City, Panama from November 11-17 and performed 75 joint replacement procedures in four days. In addition, team members celebrated the five-year anniversary of this incredible mission work in Panama.

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GUATEMALA

After months of careful planning and preparation, a team of 63 dedicated volunteers traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala and drastically changed the lives of 59 patients. The team included 6 orthopedic surgeons, 4 anesthesiologists, 2 internal medicine doctors, a cardiologist and many other extraordinary medical staff members.

With the handicap of only one functioning autoclave to sterilize surgical tools, the skilled surgical teams performed 33 knee replacements, 10 hip replacements, and 12 bilateral knee replacements. In addition, they completed 2 hip revisions and 2 knee revisions.

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Panama

On November 13, a team of 63 people including seven surgeons, five anesthesiologists, and two internal medicine physicians traveled to Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City, Panama. Team members came from Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Montana.

Utilizing supplies generously donated by Porter Adventist Hospital and implants donated by DePuy Orthopedics, the team was able to operate on 60 patients in just three and a half days. They performed a record eight hip replacements, 52 knee replacements and 16 bilateral knee replacements, for a total of 76 joints.

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Panama

In April, 2009, Operation Walk Denver team members returned to Panama to see patients, who by now have become welcome friends. The Denver group was joined by a team from Philadelphia who has partnered with Operation Walk Denver in the past so that in 2010, they will be ready to formally launch their own Operation Walk chapter. Together, the teams performed 78 joint replacement surgeries in less than a week!

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Panama

Operation Walk Denver traveled to Panama City, Panama in November 2008. The team performed 76 joint replacements in three and a half days!

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

During this trip, forty-six total hip and knee replacements were completed on patients afflicted with severe arthritis. The trip was especially gratifying as it was a combined mission with prospective team members from Operation Walk Boston. Their team of thirty joined us to participate in their first Operation Walk trip.

A very special thank you goes out to our generous donors and trip participants. Without you we would not be able to fulfill the Operation Walk mission of helping those who are in desperate need of healing.

We thank you for your charitable contributions that enable us to help those in need.

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