IRVINE, Calif., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Orthopedic Corporation (UOC), a leading international designer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative orthopedic implants and instruments, today announced the company has donated total hip and knee replacements to a hospital in Hefei China, 300 miles inland from Shanghai.
Freddy Achecar Jr., MD, medical director for the WellStar Douglas Hospital Center for Joint Replacement in Douglasville, Georgia, donated his services to help patients with limited income needing knee or hip replacement surgery.
"We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to give back to communities in need and work with a leading orthopedic surgeon," said Calvin Lin, President of UOC USA, a subsidiary of UOC located in Irvine, CA. "There are villages, towns and cities in China located in remote areas, limiting patients' and healthcare professionals' access to optimal treatment. Working with Dr. Achecar to improve the lives of these patients has been wonderful."
The donation was inspired by Dr. Achecar and his 17-year-old son Adam. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Adam wanted to incorporate his father's work of restoring movement to patients who suffered from orthopedic conditions, and make treatment available to individuals who did not otherwise have access to such care.
Dr. Achecar liked his son's idea and, as a result, reached out to his hospital's supplier of orthopedic implants, UOC. UOC recommended that the doctor travel to the city of Hefei to help treat patients who had been historically underserved. UOC agreed to donate the necessary medical devices. The program was designed to provide patients with disabilities and the elderly, as well as low-income households, with joint replacement treatment they may otherwise not have had access to on their own.
Dr. Achecar spent a week performing seven joint replacements: five hip replacements and two knee replacements. His first patient was a 72-year old chicken farmer who had been bedridden as a result of his arthritis and needed a hip replacement. To his amazement, the very next day he felt no pain and went home to tell his wife. As a thank you, he returned to the hospital with a basket of eggs fresh from his farm, saying "this is our gift to you."
"We are very grateful to be given this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of these patients by helping them get the care they need for their joint pain," said Dr. Achecar. "It has been an amazing journey and experience. We are thankful to UOC and their team for their commitment to patient care."
UOC's unique manufacturing process enables the company to control the production cycle of their implants, from initial design to distribution in each of its manufacturing facilities. By doing so, UOC is capable of ensuring the highest quality standards, a stable product supply, and a remarkable level of customization to meet the specific needs of each patient.
About United Orthopedic Corporation
United Orthopedic Corporation (UOC) is a leading international designer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative, regulatory compliant orthopedic implants and instrument sets used by surgeons around the globe. UOC's offering includes a flexible range of clinically proven solutions used to perform total hip/knee replacements and revisions, plus clinical education, service and support for surgeons and hospital staff. UOC operates Quality Management Systems (QMS) that comply with ISO 9001/13485, FDA, and CE requirements. For more information about United Orthopedic Corporation, visit www.uocusa.com.
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