Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Joy of Giving, Tears of Joy

In March of 2008, Operation Walk Boston traveled to the Dominican Republic with a team from Operation Walk Denver. Over fifty medical volunteers from the US participated in this mission, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other operating room staff. The trip was a great success. Together, this dedicated group of volunteers performed 45 total joint replacements on 37 patients who would otherwise have never had these surgeries that they greatly needed. In addition, our surgeons held a day-long conference for local orthopedists where various topics in joint replacement surgery were discussed. Our nursing staff had regular educational sessions for Dominican nurses regarding peri-operative care of orthopedic patients, and Dominican medical students and residents participated in all aspects of caring for orthopedic patients.

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