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On Friday, December 7, orthopaedic surgeons at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will provide free total knee replacement to a local Philadelphia resident as part of Operation Walk USA 2012. All aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – are provided at no cost to the patient.

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.

Building on the global success of Operation Walk, an international effort that has improved the lives and mobility of thousands of patients in developing countries, orthopaedic surgeons at more than 50 hospitals across the nation will provide free hip and knee replacement surgery to patients on December 7, as part of Operation Walk USA 2012.

Device manufacturer Zimmer donated the knee implant to Penn Presbyterian.


Friday, December 7


51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Charles Nelson, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery 

Craig Israelite, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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