Parker Adventist Hospital Provides Free Hip & Knee Surgeries through Operation Walk USA

(PARKER, COLO.) Parker Adventist Hospital and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Derek Johnson, will provide free hip and knee replacement surgeries to three patients from the Denver metro area as part of Operation Walk USA. This is Parker Hospitals third year participating.

While hip and knee replacement surgeries are among the most common and successful of all orthopedic surgeries, many individuals who desperately need new joints to minimize pain and restore life quality do not receive them because of financial or other constraints. Through Operation Walk USA 2014, an estimated 120 patients across the country will receive free joint replacements from 85 volunteer orthopedic surgeons, December 1 through December 6, 2014.

The annual Operation Walk USA program is held during the entire first week of December, allowing for greater hospital, surgeon and medical staff participation. All aspects of treatment _ surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care _ are free to participating patients who may not qualify for government health coverage, have insurance or afford surgery on their own.

Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., affecting approximately 46 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. The debilitating pain of end-stage hip or knee degenerative disease often makes working, or completing even the simplest of daily tasks, excruciatingly painful or impossible.

Operation Walk USA began in 2010 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. To date, more than 6,500 patients have received new knees and hips through the international Operation Walk, and nearly 500 patients through Operation Walk USA, held in the month of December from 2010 through 2013. Since 2010, Operation Walk USA knee and hip replacement surgeries and related care are valued at more than $13.2 million.

Operation Walk USA 2014 facts:

  • Operation Walk USA 2014 will be held at hospitals throughout the country, December 1 through December 6.
  • An estimated 85 orthopedic surgeons will provide hip and joint replacements, free of charge, to 120 patients.
  • Operation Walk USA 2014 is based on the successful experiences of Operation Walk, which has provided hip and knee replacements to thousands of patients throughout the world since 1996.
  • This is the fifth year for Operation Walk USA, which has provided free total joint replacement to 492 patients to date.
  • To find a list of participating orthopedic surgeons and cities, visit the Operation Walk USA website.

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About Parker Adventist Hospital
With leading medical experts, cutting edge technology and a broad range of clinical services, Parker Adventist Hospital is committed to excellence in healthcare. Founded in 2004, Parker Hospital is a 134-bed hospital that is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest health care network. Parker Hospital offers patients access to more than 55 medical specialties, including Joint Commissioned certified stroke, spine, and joint replacement programs, advanced robotic surgery, neuroscience program, award-winning BirthPlace, bariatric surgery center of excellence, and more. Parker Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction. For more information about our full-range of medical specialties and programs, visit Parker Adventist Hospital website and follow on Twitter, Twitter@ParkerHospital and/or Facebook, facebook.com/ParkerAdventistHospital.

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