Dr. David Chalnick volunteers orthopaedic services for second consecutive year
Long Branch, NJ – While more than 1 million hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.
Such is the case of Todd Patterson, 48, a carpenter from Morristown who has faced progressive, debilitating knee pain for more than 20 years. On Thursday, December 5, Todd will undergo bilateral high-end knee replacement surgery at Monmouth Medical Center and inpatient rehabilitation at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls at no cost as part of Operation Walk USA 2013.
Operation Walk USA, now in its third year, is a non-profit medical humanitarian effort providing free hip and knee replacement surgeries for uninsured patients in the U.S. who do not qualify for government assistance programs. Through Operation Walk USA 2013, approximately 230 patients will receive free joint replacements from 130 volunteer orthopaedic surgeons at 70 participating hospitals, December 2 through December 7, 2013. Leading Operation Walk at Monmouth Medical Center — one of three hospitals in New Jersey participating — is David L. Chalnick, M.D., an orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon and medical director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center.
Todd’s injury began as the result of a motorcycle accident while he was in college nearly two decades ago. Four years later, he injured his knee again when he fell from a church roof during a construction job. About 10 years ago, arthritis set in and has grown progressively worse, causing Todd to experience severe pain every day.
“Over the years, the wear and tear on my knees worsened the condition. Eventually my right knee became really damaged because I spent such a long time favoring my left knee,” said Todd, who has been unable to work because of the condition. “I’m so grateful that Dr. Chalnick and Monmouth Medical Center are willing to help me get my life back. I’m thankful to get the chance to return to work.”
“Todd’s has bilateral severe bowlegged deformities. Normal knees are slightly knock-kneed. I’ll perform knee replacement surgery on both knees – essentially reshaping his legs – to correct his severe deformity and allow Todd to walk more normally and hopefully pain free,” said Dr. Chalnick, who also participated in Operation Walk last year as a way to give back to patients.
Dr. Chalnick will lead a team of medical professionals in volunteering their services on Thursday, December 5 to perform Todd’s comprehensive surgery. Todd is expected to be discharged in a few days to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Tinton Falls for inpatient rehabilitation, which may take approximately two weeks. All services are being donated as part of Operation Walk USA 2013.
“Monmouth Medical Center prides itself on providing quality medical care for all our patients. Through programs like Operation Walk and the kindness and compassion of our dedicated physicians such as Dr. Chalnick, we’re able to provide this high quality care to patients in need,” said Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer at Monmouth Medical Center.
“Helping someone to walk again, and to return to a life without pain, is indeed a cause worth celebrating,” said orthopaedic surgeon Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD, president of Operation Walk USA. “With the start of the holiday month this was also a timely way for orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare staff participating in Operation Walk USA to give back in a profoundly meaningful way to their own communities.”
Harnessing a national network of volunteer hospitals, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and others, Operation Walk USA is committed to helping those in need by restoring their mobility, self-dignity, productivity and helping them return to their social work.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org
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