Health Seminar Prescribes More Than Ounce of Prevention

Dr. Paul Gilbert, medical director of orthopedic surgical services at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, is not a fan of the “no pain, no gain” style of exercise, but he also doesn’t believe people should just give up.
The La Cañada Flintridge resident spoke at a free men’s health seminar on Tuesday night at USC-VHH in Glendale about “Health of Your Joints” to a crowd of about 85 people, including a number of women. Attendees were able to listen to seven presentations on different aspects of men’s health that included a question-and-answer period afterward. Continue reading “Health Seminar Prescribes More Than Ounce of Prevention”

Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride

Photo courtesy Camilla Ward La Cañada Flintridge residents Dr. Paul Gilbert (right) and his wife, Cindy, a registered nurse, visit a patient during a medical mission to Havana. Gilbert is the medical director for Operation Walk and an orthopedic surgeon at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Photo courtesy Camilla Ward
La Cañada Flintridge residents Dr. Paul Gilbert (right) and his wife, Cindy, a registered nurse, visit a patient during a medical mission to Havana. Gilbert is the medical director for Operation Walk and an orthopedic surgeon at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

The moment a physically disabled patient can stand and walk for the first time without pain is one that Dr. Lawrence Dorr never tires of witnessing. As an international leader in the field of orthopedics, Dorr has sought to give that gift of mobility and hope to as many as possible, including those who otherwise would never be able to afford it, in some of the most remote places of the world. Through Operation Walk, the former longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident found the vehicle that would take him around the globe and change lives — not just of those able to walk again, but of everyone who shares in the experience.
“The smiles that spread across their faces are something you never forget — their whole face just lights up,” said Dorr, who founded the organization in 1994 with just a small medical team to perform free knee and hip replacements. “For a person who goes from being completely dependent on others to having that independence again, it’s an incredibly uplifting thing.”
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USC-VHH Locals Fly Afar to Help Operation Walk

Cecilia Cayton was helping a woman named Angela prepare for her journey home. Angela was fresh off hip replacement surgery and about to board a bus.
“I heard, ‘Oh, they live far, they’re not from the area,’” said Cayton, one of the nurses who treated Angela. “But then I asked this one lady, in Spanish, ‘How far?’ I thought she might say a couple of hours. But she said, ‘Nine hours.’ Nine hours! She just had a hip replacement!” And then she said, “‘It’s no problem. That’s how we do things; we’ll make it through.’”

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USC-VHH Locals Fly Afar to Help Operation Walk

Cecilia Cayton was helping a woman named Angela prepare for her journey home. Angela was fresh off hip replacement surgery and about to board a bus.
“I heard, ‘Oh, they live far, they’re not from the area,’” said Cayton, one of the nurses who treated Angela. “But then I asked this one lady, in Spanish, ‘How far?’ I thought she might say a couple of hours. But she said, ‘Nine hours.’ Nine hours! She just had a hip replacement!” And then she said, “‘It’s no problem. That’s how we do things; we’ll make it through.’”

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