St. Dominic’s Joint Center made spirits bright for six individuals last month by providing them total joint replacements at no cost through Operation Walk USA. These life-changing surgeries restore mobility and provide pain relief for patients who otherwise may not be able to afford treatment.
Orthopedic surgeons Jeff Kennedy, MD, and Matthew Futvoye, MD, performed two knee and four hip replacements for six patients who either did not qualify for government health coverage, did not have insurance or were not able to afford surgery on their own. The program provides every element of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – at no cost to patients.
In addition to physicians Kennedy and Futvoye, St. Dominic’s Operation Walk USA team also includes Physician Anesthesia Group, Lakeland Radiology, St Dominic’s Medical Group, Sta-Home and Kindred at Home health services. In addition, total joint implant companies Depuy, Zimmer and TJO donated implants to these patients. “It takes a team effort to provide patients the care and services they need to have a successful outcome,” said Cris Bourn, St. Dominic’s Orthopedic Administrator.
For more information about Operation Walk USA, visit www.opwalkusa.com. For more information about St. Dominic’s Joint Center, visit www.stdom.com.