“Helping those who suffer from joint disease walk again”
Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit volunteer medical organization that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art free hip and knee replacements for impoverished patients with debilitating joint disease, while educating local healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments for these conditions.
2005-2015 Operation Walk Chicago celebrates its 10-year anniversary!
On March 1, 2015 our team of 70 volunteer surgeons, doctors, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, nurses and many more traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam. After 5 very full days of surgeries at the Hanoi Central Hospital, 56 Vietnamese patients had received 70 new joints! In addition, daily lectures were offered to the local staff. An academic surgical conference was held for members of all orthopedic societies in the region. (More pictures will be posted on this site very soon).
Two years ago, we met a very young woman, Sajina Tamang, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Three years before our meeting, she fell victim to human trafficking, sustaining catastrophic orthopedic injuries. We did not have the capacity in Nepal to perform the complex hip reconstructive surgery she needed. It took about 18 months to secure her visa and all the needed elements of her care. Through the generosity of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Stryker Corporation, NorthShore Orthopedic Institute, and numerous clinicians and volunteers, we were able to bring Sajina to Chicago and perform the surgery she needed in order to walk again, pain free. Read details in our Media Coverage page.