Operation Walk Syracuse


Operation walk Syracuse

Operation walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical sevices organization, founded in 1994, which provides free surgical treatment for patients primarily living in developing countries. The core of our mission is to provide free surgical treatments to those who have no access to life-improving care for arthritis of other debilitating bone and joint conditions.

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Operation Walk Syracuse

Joint replacement surgery can change someone's life entirely. The pain and mobility limitations of arthritis can not only be severely disabling, but life altering. Imagine living in a place where there are not enough skilled medical professionals to help you, or the cost of treatment is too high. Sadly, millions of people around the world live without the hope of getting better. The orthopedic resources so commonly available in the United States unfortunately are unavailable in much of the world.

For these very reasons, we have created Operation Walk Syracuse. Our first mission trip, led by Drs. Seth Greenky and Bret Greenky, was to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2011. Nepal, a country with only one physician per 20,000 people, is in great need of specialized medical care. The fifty person team to Nepal included surgeons, medical doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and physical therapists. The team traveled with full supplies and medical equipment to Nepal, the supplies included implants, medications, surgical and post operative supplies. All of this was provided at no cost to the needy individuals.

Operation Walk Syracuse built four of their own operating rooms in Nepal so all the surgeons could operate all day for the entire 8 day trip. 

Medical education was an important component of the November 2011 mission. Nepalese doctors observed and assisted in the surgery so that they could gain exposure to the latest orthopedic surgery techniques and technologies. The Operation Walk team also included physical therapists who trained local practitioners to appropriately care for the patients after the teams departure. 

Patient Stories

Compelling patient stories emphasize the need for our services...

"He slowly made his way across the dirt floor to the window, taking care not to lose his footing. A fall with a resulting broken hip would most certainly mean death for him. After all, the nearest hospital was more than an hour away from his small village. Transportation there for those in good health was a lengthy trek; for those with restricted or no mobility, an impossibility. As he peered out the window of his thatched roof hut with straw walls, he wondered if they had forgotten him. Anxiety began to mount as he realized how very dependent (life and death dependent) he was on those in the village who came to his aid. Unable to shuffle more than a few steps due to his painfully disabling arthritis, he relied on the good of others to bring him his daily meal and fresh water. It was degrading to him to have others tend to his bodily needs but for lack of a better choice, he accepted it. It was well past the usual arrival time and he worried that someday they may forget him and there he would be; hungry, thirsty, in pain, and most importantly, alone. He spied the child carrying the basket just turning onto the bamboo path outside his house. He breathed a sign of relief. He would be okay, at least for today."

Imagine living a life like this? Alone and isolated simply because access to the life-altering surgery is not available to you. Something that we take for granted here in the United States because it is so commonly available.

 Thousands of people who could not walk without pain have returned to active and productive lives, thanks to Operation Walk and its supporters. The goal is simply to "restore hope through motion...one joint at a time."



General Cost Statistics:

Hospital charges for one surgical replacement:

  • Hip: $117,500

  • Knee: $119,000

Average cost for 30 replacements of either hip or knee (per mission trip)

  • Would be greater than $3 million

Volunteer time donated

  • One medical team's time donated per mission trip would equal $115,320

Physician's time donated per trip

  • $300,000

Actual Cost for Travel and Delivery of supplies to Nepal in 2011:

In November 2011, a complete medical team from Syracuse with full equipment and supplies to perform surgical procedures for over 70 patients.

  • Total expenditures required for the Nepal Program: $300,000


Your Role in Operation Walk Syracuse

Please support Operation walk Syracuse, by considering making a pledge commitment, over a period of three years to fund our initial efforts in this important program. Such a commitment will help set the pace and scope of what we are able to provide annually through our mission objectives during the initial years of service. It will also demonstrate to those who follow with their gift commitments that we can partner together in having a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate who we are able to serve


Ways You Can Help

  • Fund a knee or hip replacement for one or more individuals

  • Fund all or part of a medical team's expenses

  • Fund medical supplies

  • Donate equipment or supplies

Checks should be made out to Operation Walk-Syracuse

Credit Card gifts are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Amex)

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