JACKSON, Miss. – During December 2013, St. Dominic’s Hospital participated in Operation Walk USA by giving five deserving patients free total joint replacements. These life-changing surgeries will restore mobility and provide pain relief for patients who otherwise may not be able to afford treatment.
St. Dominic’s provides all aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre- and post-operative care – at no cost to participating patients who may not qualify for government assistance, have insurance or cannot afford surgery on their own. Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., affecting approximately 48 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. The debilitating pains of end-stage hip or knee degenerative disease often makes working, or even completing daily tasks painful or impossible. Hip and knee replacement surgeries are the most cost-effective and successful of all orthopaedic procedures, eliminating pain and allowing patients to resume active, productive lives.
“Operation Walk is a very rewarding mission for everyone involved,” said Cris Bourn, St. Dominic’s Neuroscience/Orthopaedic Service Line Administrator. “Our employees, surgeons and other partners all contribute their time and resources in order to give our patients a new joint and new hope for a functional life without disabling pain.”
Operation Walk USA began in 2011 following the success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical services organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. More than 6,000 patients have received knee and hip replacements through Operation Walk. For more information about Operation Walk USA, visit www.opwalkusa.com.