Operation Walk

The core of our mission is to provide free surgical treatments to those who have no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions.

Our Work

Operation Walk is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Operation Walk also educates local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases.

Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.

Volunteers provide life-changing care for those in need. They donate time, knowledge, and resources. They always work to complete as many joint replacements as possible.

A recipient named Najat Bashir had this to say about the impact Operation Walk had on her life:

“My name is Najat Bashir and I’m a sickle cell warrior. Growing up hasn’t been easy because of this chronic disease that I’m living with.  My toughest years were between ages 5 and 20 when I found myself in the hospital more often due to a series of sickle cell crises.  I cannot recount how many drips and blood transfusions I had.  Later I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply) which was one of the complications of sickle cell disease, and it affected me not just physically but emotionally as well. Not just that, it also retarded my educational development.  After battling with AVN for 13 years, I’m now free because I had my hip replacement surgery in 2022 through Operation Walk organization.  May God richly bless them. I’m glad that I’m free from AVN and, now am working on achieving my aim of becoming a nurse in the future without any limitations.  Not even sickle cell can stop me!”

What Is Joint Disease?

Joint disease, or arthritis, occurs when the joint area becomes inflamed. Cartilage acts to protect the joint. It allows for smooth movement and also acts as a shock absorber when pressure is placed on the joint, like when you walk. Arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage between the bones erodes. Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. In extreme circumstances, even the surfaces of the adjoining bones can erode away.

There are a many types of arthritis, the most common being Osteoarthritis (OA), or degenerative arthritis. A variety of factors—hereditary, developmental, metabolic, and mechanical—influence the processes leading to loss of cartilage in OA patients. Ultimately the cartilage erodes because of wear and tear on the joint.

Another common type of arthritis is called rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system normally fights off foreign substances, like viruses. But in an autoimmune disease, the immune system confuses healthy tissue for foreign substances. As a result, the body attacks itself. In the case of RA, the body attacks tissue in the joint. RA can occur at any age, and it affects women more often than men.

Contact Us For More Information


Operation Walk New York
5824 Widewaters Parkway
East Syracuse, NY 13057

(315) 883-5875


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