Op Walk Boston Case Highlight

The most remarkable case (as mentioned a few days ago) was that of 26 year-old female with right hip dysplasia and an old left femoral neck fracture as a child, who was only able to walk short distances because her hips. We were able to give her a left total hip replacement, which she was extremely grateful for.

By post-operative day 1 she was up and walking with physical therapy and continued to make good progress over the following post-operative days.

At the end of the trip, she continued to express how much she was already enjoying her "new hip" and could not wait until next year when she can have the other one replaced.

- Shaina Lipa, Harvard Orthopedic Surgery Resident

Preoperative xray for 26 year-old female with right hip dysplasia and an old left femoral neck fracture.

Preoperative xray for 26 year-old female with right hip dysplasia and an old left femoral neck fracture.

Post-operative xray for 26 year-old female, now with a left total hip arthroplasty.

Post-operative xray for 26 year-old female, now with a left total hip arthroplasty.

Showing off her progress on the final day of Op Walk Boston 2017.

Showing off her progress on the final day of Op Walk Boston 2017.

Operation Walk Boston 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

After all of the patients were discharged, there was a 10th Year Anniversary Celebration put on by Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud. It was a beautiful event where all of the personnel involved in Operation Walk Boston were recognized for their contributions to the 400 plus patients who have received a free total joint replacement through this program. More importantly everyone had an opportunity to hear about the impact that Op Walk Boston has had patient's lives as there were patients from prior years who attended the celebration and gave a testimonies. They were all very heartfelt and inspiring. 

- Shaina Lipa, Harvard Orthopedic Surgery Resident

Dr. Thornhill and the leadership for the Hopsital General de la Plaza de la Salud receiving an award for their partnership in Op Walk Boston over the past 10 years.

Dr. Thornhill and the leadership for the Hopsital General de la Plaza de la Salud receiving an award for their partnership in Op Walk Boston over the past 10 years.

Dr. Thomas Thornhill giving a speech at the 10th Year Anniversary Celebration.

Dr. Thomas Thornhill giving a speech at the 10th Year Anniversary Celebration.

Operation Walk Boston 2017 - Clinical Day 6 (March 7, 2017): Farewell Celebration

Today was definitely a day to celebrate. All of our patients worked hard with physical therapy and were able to be discharged home... but not before a celebration!
We were able to get everyone together in a group picture. Once again, this symbolized the hard work of everyone from patients to various medical staff. There were lots of hugs and smiles shared. "Thank you/gracias" was expressed over and over to various people involved.
And "thank you" is of course in order for many people/institutions. 

- Shaina Lipa, Harvard Orthopedic Surgery Resident

Op Walk Boston 2017 Team Photo! Thank you to all of our patients for their hard work!

Op Walk Boston 2017 Team Photo! Thank you to all of our patients for their hard work!

Thank you to our Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thomas Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer Roya Ghazinouri, and Chief Internist Dr. Jeffrey Katz. 

Thank you to our Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thomas Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer Roya Ghazinouri, and Chief Internist Dr. Jeffrey Katz. 

Thank you to the Chief Anesthesia Coordinator Dr. Concepcion and her wonderful anesthesia team! (2 attendings not pictured)

Thank you to the Chief Anesthesia Coordinator Dr. Concepcion and her wonderful anesthesia team! (2 attendings not pictured)

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thornhill and the orthopedic surgery residents. Thank you to the orthopedic Team!

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thornhill and the orthopedic surgery residents. Thank you to the orthopedic Team!

Patients, PT, and the nursing staff wishing one another farewell. Thank you PT and nursing!

Patients, PT, and the nursing staff wishing one another farewell. Thank you PT and nursing!

Thank you physical therapy!

Thank you physical therapy!

Farewell hugs at the end of Op Walk 2017! Thank you to the nursing staff!

Farewell hugs at the end of Op Walk 2017! Thank you to the nursing staff!

Thank you to our head nurse Aliesha and high school volunteers!

Thank you to our head nurse Aliesha and high school volunteers!

Thank you to the operating room personnel!

Thank you to the operating room personnel!

Thank you to the UNIBE medical students!

Thank you to the UNIBE medical students!

Thank you pharmacy!

Thank you pharmacy!

Thank you Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes)!

Thank you Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes)!

Thank you Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud for your continued partnership!

Thank you Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud for your continued partnership!

Operation Walk Boston 2017 - Clinical Day 5 (March 6, 2017): Final Surgical Day

Today was the last surgical day. We finished the last of our joint replacements for a grand total of 58 joint replacements performed during Op Walk Boston 2017! 

Following the final operations, we had X-ray rounds where we reviewed all of the cases from this year's trip. This was an opportunity for everyone to review the cases that had been completed over the past 5 days. Overall, everyone was proud of the work that we have done during our time in the Dominican Republic thus far. 

We look forward to seeing our patients progress with rehabilitation one last tomorrow before they are discharged. 

- Shaina Lipa, Harvard Orthopedic Surgery Resident

Paul and Judy working hard as always to keep the operating rooms running smoothly. 

Paul and Judy working hard as always to keep the operating rooms running smoothly. 

Finishing our last total hip replacement with Dr. Ready, Dr. Thornhill, and orthopedic residents Dan Tobert and Shaina Lipa. 

Finishing our last total hip replacement with Dr. Ready, Dr. Thornhill, and orthopedic residents Dan Tobert and Shaina Lipa. 

Dr. Thornhill, Roya, and Dr. Katz making afternoon patient rounds. 

Dr. Thornhill, Roya, and Dr. Katz making afternoon patient rounds. 

Dr. Thornhill rounding on a few of his post-op patients. 

Dr. Thornhill rounding on a few of his post-op patients. 

One of the patients showing Dr. Thornhill the progress she had made with physical therapy.

One of the patients showing Dr. Thornhill the progress she had made with physical therapy.

The Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes) reps posing for a picture next to the X-rays of our most difficult case this year. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes), we were able to have the necessary implants to successfully complete this case. 

The Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes) reps posing for a picture next to the X-rays of our most difficult case this year. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes), we were able to have the necessary implants to successfully complete this case.