We propose to use our time, skills, and resources to build sustainable Joint Replacement Programs in Low and Middle-Income Countries focusing on local doctors treating patients in their own communities year-round
Addressing the 4 Major Barriers to Total Joint Replacement Worldwide
Implant: Cost & Quality
Hospitals: Equiptment & Infrastructure
Surgeons: Availabity & Training
Outcomes: Available Data
Continued support and collaborations with Signature Orthopedics in our efforts to design implants to optimize Function, Performance & Durability
•Focusing on simplicity & economy with FDA-approved implants of proven design
•Simplified robust instruments, small sterilization pans
Identifying hospitals and orthopedic training programs that are suitable for long-term program development
Identifying local surgeons to mentor and advise
Identifying orthopedic residents or surgeons who are candidates for in-depth training, including one-year fellowships for young surgeons and shorter mini fellowships for established surgeons
Building our partnerships through long-term commitments, infrastructure support and data collection and analysis
Raising funds through donations, grants, and the local community industry and government for ongoing support of the programs
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