OrthoKansas team lends helping hand on Navajo reservation
- on March 17, 2011
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.