About Us

 Operation Walk was started by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Dorr. He wanted to bring qualified surgical teams to countries where access to joint replacement was limited or completely unavailable.  Since he went on his first mission in 1996, multiple chapters have been created.  Each chapter travels to a different country and provides joint replacement surgeries free of charge.  The people who receive these surgeries would have never been able to afford or have access to joint replacement surgery.  The different chapters rely on surgeons, anesthesiologists, PA’s, internal medicine doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and surgical techs to donate their time to go and help make the mission trip possible.

Operation Walk Idaho

After learning about Operation Walk at a conference we were fortunate to team up with Op Walk Utah.  We have traveled to El Salvador for the last four years.  These trips were life changing experiences for us but also for the patients that we were able to help. In an effort to create a more sustainable presence in El Salvador, we decided to partner with the Utah chapter.  The Utah chapter will continue to go in the fall and the Idaho chapter will go in the spring.

Since Op Walk has a presence in El Salvador, we have established relationships with a local community hospital and orthopedic surgeon. Upon arrival at the hospital, there will be 60-70 patients waiting to be screened by our teams.  They come with X-rays and basic labs.  We will interview them, review their medical chart, do an exam, and review their x-rays. Typically patients present with severe osteoarthritis, making the surgeries that we perform in El Salvador more demanding and complicated.  After the screening clinic, the teams review all cases and suitable patients to perform joint replacement surgeries on. Typically we are able to do 60-75 joints per trip.  Our goal this first year is to do 50 joints in 5 days.

A very unique aspect about doing surgeries on the mission is that surgeons typically operate together. This allows for teaching opportunities, including exposure to different surgical techniques and problem solving. We are excited to change peoples’ lives, reduce their pain and suffering and get them back on their feet. Any donation will help! Find out how you can get involved.

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