Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the United States and now affects 46 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. The debilitating pain of end stage hip or knee degenerative disease makes even the most simple of daily tasks excruciating. Hip and knee replacement surgeries are the most cost-effective and successful of all orthopedic procedures, eliminating pain and restoring patients to active, productive lives. Unfortunately, these surgeries are expensive, and out of reach for the many of our under- or uninsured suffering neighbors, according to Operation Walk USA.
Operation Walk USA is a non-profit medical humanitarian organization that provides free hip or knee replacement surgeries for these patients. Operation Walk USA targets patients who do not qualify for government assistance programs. Harnessing a national network of volunteer hospitals, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and others, Operation Walk USA is committed to helping those in need by restoring their mobility, self-dignity, productivity, and helping them return to their social world.
This fall the CJRI at St. Francis Hospital approached McLean to partner with them to care for a patient. Drs. Schuster and Zimmerman lead the effort, and McLean was honored to be asked to provide Post Acute care. McLean happily reports that the patient is walking again and back home after his stay.
For further information on McLean’s Comprehensive Joint Replacement Program, click here or call 860-658-3740 and speak with Dr. Robyn Ligotti. You may also wish to attend one of her Preparing for Joint Surgery lectures. Dates are listed on the website news section.