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Dec. 30 - Optim Orthopedics Provides Holiday Gift to Patients in Need

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 30, 2019 - The holiday spirit arrived early at Optim Orthopedics, as total joint replacement surgeon Charles Hope, II, MD and orthopedic sports medicine surgeon David Sedory, MD, in collaboration with Optim Surgery Center and Operation Walk USA, provided free total joint replacement surgery for four area residents. 

“Our Medical Director, Dr. Charles Hope, referred us to Operation Walk USA as a way to give back to our community and it’s now an annual tradition for us,” commented John Salandi, Optim Surgery Center Administrator. “It is an honor to be a part of this nationwide effort to provide potentially life-changing joint replacement surgery to four area patients in need for free.”

Optim’s first Operation Walk USA patient underwent surgery on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Dr. Hope performed a right total hip anterior approach arthroplasty (hip replacement) on Savannah resident, Daniel Green. Mr. Green was up and walking, with the aid of Optim Therapy team members, within hours of his surgery.

Now in its tenth year, Operation Walk USA takes place each December as a humanitarian effort. Optim provides every element of treatment – from surgery to pre-and post-operative care and therapy - at no cost to patients who may not qualify for government health coverage, have insurance, or be able to afford surgery on their own.

“I thought it was a joke, I was running out of options and I ran across Operation Walk USA on the internet and filled out the form,” recalled Townsend, Ga. resident, Milton Bordeaux, one of four total joint surgery recipients. “About six months later, I get a call that says, ‘Hi I’m Ed from Optim Surgery Center‘ and it snowballed from there. For this to come along and cover the entire bill, oh yeah, it’s a lifesaver.”

Dr. Sedory will be preforming a total hip anterior approach arthroplasty on Mr. Bordeaux on Jan. 8, 2020. 40-year-old James Reyshan Parker of Savannah will also undergo surgery the same day with Dr. Sedory for hip replacement surgery.

Jeffery Craig Smith, of Pooler, Ga., is the forth Optim patient who will receive free joint replacement surgery and will undergo a right total knee replacement by Dr. Hope on Jan. 3, 2020.

“Being able to give back to our community and help those in need return to mobility through Operation Walk USA is good for the heart,” said Optim Orthopedics total joint surgeon Dr. Charles Hope. “I feel privileged to be able to perform a total knee and a total hip arthroplasty for two patients.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 23 percent of adults – or more than 54 million people suffer from arthritis. By 2040 that is expected to climb to 26 percent or 78 million of us. Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., with the debilitating end stages of hip or knee degenerative disease making any movement or activity exceedingly difficult and near impossible.

“Participating in Operation Walk USA is truly inspirational,” Optim Orthopedics sports medicine surgeon, Dr. David Sedory stated. “It’s a team effort to provide patients with the care and services they need for a successful outcome and is rewarding to know we have helped someone who really needed our services.”

Operation Walk USA began in 2010 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. To date, 802 patients received help through Operation Walk USA, held in the month of December, annually since 2010. Since its inception, Operation Walk USA has provided knee and hip replacement surgeries valued at more than $21.6 million.

Device manufacturers DePuy Synthes, DJO, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Total Joint Orthopedics, and Zimmer Biomet are donating the hip and knee implants for the 2019 Operation Walk USA.

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