Porter Adventist Hospital to Provide Free Hip and Knee Replacements Dec. 2

Millions of Americans suffer from painful joint problems and may end up one day needing a joint replacement. Each year, more than 900,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S., but that statistic does not shed light on how many people go without the surgery because they might not have the financial capacity to afford the procedure.

At Porter, nine patients will receive 10 joint replacements on Dec. 2. The patients were referred by local clinics including Inner City Health Center, Doctors Care and Colorado Joint Replacement. All aspects of treatment - surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care - will be provided at no cost to the patients by Porter Hospital, the surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Participating in this event is one of the many ways that we at Porter live our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ and nurture the health of those in our community," said Randy Haffner, Porter CEO. It is a gift to our organization, our staff and our physicians to be able to make such a difference in the lives of people who would not otherwise have had this chance to get the care they need."

In addition to the dedicated surgical, anesthesiology, pre- and post-operative, nursing and physical therapy staff, five surgeons will perform the operations throughout the day: Drs. Douglas A. Dennis, Brian Haas, Raymond Kim, Todd Miner and John Woodward.

Through Operation Walk Denver, our staff and physicians have performed more than 1,000 joint replacement procedures on impoverished people in South and Central America," said Dr. Dennis, executive director of Operation Walk Denver. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to change the lives of people in our own community, and we are grateful to be able to do so."

Through Operation Walk Denver, dozens of staff and physicians from Porter travel to places such as Panama and Guatemala at least twice per year to provide joint replacements for their citizens. Porter is participating in Operation Walk USA 2011 in recognition that many people here in Colorado also do not have the access or the means to get much-needed joint replacements.

Building on the global success of Operation Walk, an international effort that has improved the lives and mobility of more than 5,000 patients in developing countries, approximately 56 orthopedic surgeons will provide free hip and knee replacement surgery to more than 85 patients at 24 hospitals in 15 different states, on Dec. 2 and 3, as part of Operation Walk USA 2011.

Operation Walk USA 2011 is a collaborative effort between three orthopedic organizations: The Hip Society, The Knee Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), as well as 23 participating hospitals across the country.

In Denver, device manufacturer DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, donated the hip and knee implants. Nike will provide a pair of new shoes for each patient.

About Porter Adventist Hospital
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 2010 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by a national hospital reporting company, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is connected to Centura Health, Colorados health care leader, and its integrated statewide network of 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Together, Porter and Centura Health provide care that transcends the walls of a hospital. Connections that only Centura Health can make. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.