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Kenmore Mercy to provide free joint replacement surgery to needy patient
Kenmore Mercy to provide free joint replacement surgery to needy patient

While more than one million knee and hip replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.

Building on its mission to serve those in need and its orthopedic excellence, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a Catholic Health facility, along with John Repicci, DDS, MD, are joining Operation Walk USA, to provide a needy patient with a free joint replacement surgery.  

Operation Walk USA is a nationwide effort dedicated to improving the lives and mobility of uninsured patients. It provides all aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – at no cost to participating patients. In 2012, more than 109 orthopedic surgeons at 49 hospitals in 29 states collectively provided free joint replacements to more than 200 individuals. The 2013 event is scheduled for the first week of December:  December 2 through 7, 2013.

Operation Walk USA began in 2011 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 6,000 patients have received new knees and hips through the international Operation Walk.

“Regardless of circumstances, people in need should have relief from debilitating joint conditions and receive a new lease on life,” said Dr. Repicci. “This is the essence of Operation Walk USA.”

Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., affecting approximately 48 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. Knee and hip replacement surgeries are the most cost-effective and successful of all orthopedic procedures, eliminating pain and allowing patients to resume active, productive lives.

Interested patients should call 447-6102 to see if they qualify. If medically eligible for this procedure, patients would be referred to our screening process where they will meet with a financial counselor, receive a series of radiologic exams, and if appropriate, meet with Dr. Repicci to assess for surgery. To learn more, visit www.chsbuffalo.org.




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