May 2017

OpWalk Carolinas donates care in Cuba

Three Charlotte, NC-based healthcare organizations on May 10 sent medical staff and resources to Cuba to perform critical hip and knee replacements.

The Operation Walk Carolinas team, which included surgeons, internists, physical therapists, nurses, and scrub techs from OrthoCarolina, Carolinas HealthCare System, and Novant Health Operation, did more than 51 hip and knee replacements (some bilateral) on 46 patients in three full days in the operating room.

There was a separate day of screening, and the OpWalk Carolinas team provided advanced orthopedic care education to Cuban physicians, few of whom are trained in joint replacement surgery, according to an OpWalk release.

Carolinas Healthcare made a $33,000 in-kind donation of medical supplies, and a few staff joined the team from Georgia-based CrossLink Orthopedics and Kalamazoo, MI-based Stryk­er, which also donated implants. Concord, NC-based Hendrick Motorsports donated chartered flight services.

Visit opwalkcarolinas.org for more information.

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- Emily Delzell

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