Why Participate?

Many orthopaedic surgeons routinely give back to the community through their charitable work. The physicians’ impact on the lives of patients in their communities already is powerful. So why participate in a national organization, like Operation Walk USA?

Until recently, recognizing the countless charitable acts—in particular, the free surgeries—performed by orthopaedic surgeons annually was a hit-or-miss affair. If a television or newspaper reporter heard about a special case, he or she could build a story around it. But all too often, such “good news” was overshadowed by reports of increasing healthcare costs, waste in the healthcare system, or medical errors.

Our strength is in numbers. A hundred or more physicians conducting pro bono surgeries simultaneously across the United States create a national story that is both inspiring and compelling. It underscores the value of orthopaedics in improving the lives of patients. It highlights the compassionate, caring nature of the specialty—and of the participating orthopaedists.  It promotes the hospitals’ mission of healing.  Moreover, it gives hope for a better, more productive, pain-free life to hundreds of under served patients.

“There is no greater sense of fulfillment than restoring mobility and function in a person previously debilitated by arthritis. Thank you for the opportunity to give back to our community through joint replacement.”
Amanda D. Marshall, MD
Operation Walk USA Participants

How to get started?

Download and Review Our 2018 Participation Guidelines
Download Operation Walk USA brochure