OrthoKansas team lends helping hand on Navajo reservation

Dr. Neal Lintecum, an orthopedic surgeon from Lawrence, is pictured with nurses at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Ariz. He volunteered his services in late January at the facility, which offers no specialty services.

Dr. Neal Lintecum, an orthopedic surgeon from Lawrence, is pictured with nurses at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Ariz. He volunteered his services in late January at the facility, which offers no specialty services.

Dr. Neal Lintecum and Bill Simpson, of OrthoKansas, volunteered their services at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Ariz.

It is a 60-bed hospital that serves about 37,000 Native Americans in the Chinle region.

Lintecum, an orthopedic surgeon, and Simpson, a physician assistant, took care of patients Jan. 26-28 at the facility, which doesn’t have surgical specialties, and therefore, relies on volunteers. Lintecum learned about the facility’s need through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Lintecum specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery but also practices general orthopedics.

He estimated that they helped about 40 people — from kids to older adults — and performed seven surgeries. They saw cases that ranged from complex to simple.

“It was rewarding to help them. They are interesting people, and it was a beautiful part of the country,” Lintecum said.

Bill Simpson is a physician assistant at OrthoKansas.

Bill Simpson is a physician assistant at OrthoKansas.

Tagged: OrthoKansas, hand surgery, orthopedic surgeon

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