STAFF members from Joondalup Health Campus and surgical personnel from around Australia recently joined the Operation Walk team for the first time in a humanitarian trip to Central America.
They provided free surgical treatments for patients in Honduras, including 46 lower limb joint replacements for 33 patients in seven days.
As well as providing the free treatments, the team presented educational sessions for orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques for diseases of the hip and knee joints.
JHC staff that helped US volunteers deliver the surgeries included orthopaedic surgeon Arash Taheri, scrub nurses Marion Graeber and Perina Mohlmann, anaesthetist Jesco Kompardt and former orthopaedic trainee Taro Tokamoto.
Mr Taheri said the team felt an instant camaraderie with their American colleagues, all focused on delivering a month’s worth of work in the seven-day period.
“The operations are life-changing for the people here and it was an amazing feeling to be able to play a part in making their lives more comfortable and productive,” he said.
“We hope that conducting the local surgeries, along with supporting the Honduras hospital staff with education, will help create a lasting contribution to patient care.”