Orthopedists Recommend Replace Diseased Joints – Part 1 of 3
Orthopedists Recommend Replace Diseased Joints. Millions of Americans strive daily with degenerative, painful and crippling knee or hip arthritis, or similar chronic conditions that can saunter the simplest task into an ordeal. Fortunately, for those immobilized by their disease, hope exists in the form of knee or hip replacement, long considered the best shot at improving quality of life. The hitch: a abusive price tag. “Unfortunately, I’ve lost three jobs due to downsizing since 2006,” said 51-year old Susan Murray, a Freehold, NJ, resident.
Murray has been combating a connective chain disease that has progressively ravaged her knees. “And about six months ago I lost my health coverage. I just could no longer afford to pay my bills and also keep up with my insurance payments”. So without considering an illness that leaves her cane-dependent and in constant pain, the single mother of three had no way to pay the $50000 to $60000 average out-of-pocket cost for both surgical and postsurgical care.
Enter Operation Walk USA (OWUSA). According to OWUSA, the program was launched in 2011 as an annual nationwide labour to provide joint replacement surgery at zero cost for uninsured men and women for whom such expenses are out of reach. The lead is an outgrowth of the internationally focused Operation Walk, which since 1996 has provided free surgery to more than 6000 patients around the world, according to an OWUSA news release.
OWUSA initially solicited doctors and hospitals to volunteer their services one prime each December to surgically intervene in the lives of American patients in need. This year the effort has expanded greatly, as 120 orthopedic surgeons joined forces with 70 hospitals in 32 states to offering joint surgery to 230 patients spanning the course of a full week in December. “With millions of kinsmen affected, we’re trying to reach out to those who are underserved,” said Dr Giles Scuderi, an OWUSA organizer and orthopedic surgeon.