There are many uninsured or underinsured people in the U.S. who need joint replacement surgeries, but can’t afford them. They suffer daily from debilitating hip or knee pain, unable to walk far or enjoy recreational activities. Imagine their joy if they could get their needed surgery for free, so they could return to normal activities without pain. That’s what Operation Walk USA does.
Operation Walk USA, founded in 2011, is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides free hip or knee replacements for patients who can’t afford them. It drew its inspiration from Operation Walk (International), another nonprofit, volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries. In 2012, over 60 surgeons from 24 hospitals across the United States performed nearly 150 life-changing surgeries through Operation Walk USA.
MAKO Surgical Corp. is proud to be one of the medical device companies that donates implants for procedures provided through this worthy organization, and salutes the surgeons who have dedicated their time and services to helping people in need. For more information on Operation Walk USA and Operation Walk (International), visit opwalkusa.com and operationwalk.org, or view an educational video here.