About Us

Operation Walk Canada is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free hip and knee replacement surgery to patients in developing countries like Ecuador and Guatemala.

These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint disease, the most common of which is osteoarthritis, and have little or no access to medical care.

Mission trips typically last one week and are organized and managed so that as many patients as possible can undergo surgery and begin their rehabilitation and recovery. During this week, the medical care of patients is the joint responsibility of in-country physicians, physiotherapists and registered nurses and their Operation Walk counterparts so that ongoing patient care, once the team has returned home, is assured.

The work of Operation Walk Canada relies entirely on the generosity of private and corporate donors.

Operation Walk Canada’s team is made up of orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, internists, physiotherapists, RNs expertise in orthopaedic operating room procedures, RNs who specialize in orthopaedic post-operative nursing, supply processing/sterilization technicians and general volunteers.

The Operation Walk Canada Team is:

  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Internists
  • Interpreters
  • General volunteers
  • Operating Room Nurses
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Physiotherapists
  • Pre-operative and Recovery Room Nurses
  • Registered Nurses who specialize in orthopaedic post-operative nursing
  • Surgical Instrument and Processing/Sterilization Technicians

Purpose

To bring first-world health care to indigent residents of developing countries who suffer from debilitating bone and joint disease.

Goals

Operation Walk has two equally important, interdependent goals:

  • To provide knee and hip replacement surgeries to patients in need
  • To educate in-country health-care professionals and patients in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of these musculoskeletal conditions.

Your Donation Matters

The generosity of donors makes Operation Walk Canada’s work possible.  

While all team members are volunteers who pay for their own transportation and accommodations, and all surgical implants are donated by Smith & Nephew Inc, the majority of the remaining necessary supplies and equipment must be purchased. 100% of your donations go toward these expenses which are directly associated with the work of each mission.

Operation Walk Canada is registered not-for-profit charity, CRA # 856060090 RTOOO1 and all donations are receiptable for income tax purposes.

Guiding Principles

  • Health care professional team members are practicing experts in their field and have current licensing from their respective professional colleges or associations
  • All team members are volunteers
  • The care of all patients served by Operation Walk is the shared responsibility of by in-country orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and registered nurses and their Operation Walk counterparts
  • All procedures, surgical implants, medical equipment, supplies and medicines utilized in the course of each mission are in strict adherence to the standards set forth by Canadian regulatory agencies and the Food and Drug Administration
  • All funds raised are directed in total to each mission
  • Operation Walk Canada Inc is governed by a board of directors

Our Industry Partners

Without the hip and knee joint implants that Smith & Nephew Inc donates, our work would not be possible. Exactec Canada donates knee and hip spacers necessary for revision procedures and Producers Post, London, Ontario looks after filming and producing of all our videos. We extend our sincere thanks to these and many more organizations for their ongoing generosity and support.