“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.
On December 7th, 2012, in partnership with Skokie Hospital and NorthShore University Health System, Operation Walk Chicago offered again joint replacement to the uninsured in Chicago. This was being organized as part of an initiative called Operation Walk USA, in which hospitals across the country simultaneously offer a day of free surgeries for the poor.
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.