Our Story

In many areas of the world, people don’t have access to the same care that we have in the United States. Having a life-changing operation in these places is simply not an option. Many countries have poor healthcare, and even in countries that provide healthcare to their citizens, physicians don’t have access to training to provide specialty care like joint replacements. Implants are often not available, medical providers don’t have training and therefore these people are left to live a life of pain and disability.

This lack of access to joint replacement has a trickle-down effect much greater than just dealing with the pain of disabling arthritis. With the pain or disability of these joint conditions, sons and daughters have to stop going to school, learning to read, learning to write. They must often enter the workforce to provide for the needs of the family.

Operation Walk Carolinas. launched in Charlotte in 2017, is a joint effort between teams at OrthoCarolina, Carolinas Healthcare and Novant Health. This private, not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization provides free surgical treatment to patients in developing countries. With your help, we offer free care to patients who have no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions. As part of our mission, we also educate in-country orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques for diseases of the hip and knee joints, and work alongside them in their countries.

The Cost

It typically costs $150,000+ to get our team of 40+ to another country with the right equipment and supplies for one trip. Here is how your generous funds may be used for our mission. Any donation small or large is appreciated.

$5,000 Supplies critical medical equipment for the Operation Walk Team
$2,500 Fully supports one joint replacement for a patient
$1,000 Fully supports travel for a volunteer medical team member
$500 Covers the cost of Physical Therapy for five patients
$250 Covers all diagnostic tests (X-rays, etc.) for a patient having surgery
$100 Covers one night in the hospital
$50 Provides a walker for a patient after joint replacement
$25 Covers transportation for the patient to and from the hospital

All donations are tax deductible through the OrthoCarolina Research Foundation/Operation Walk Carolinas 501c3.

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