A team of On-Belay employees and surgeon customers traveled to Kampala, Uganda early this month to partner with local surgeons at Mulago Hospital, African Renewal Ministries and Wentz Medical Clinic to perform over 25 much needed complex spine and orthopedic surgeries. For the last 10 months, On-Belay Medical has been working with many of the company’s suppliers to gather donations of spine implants and instrumentation. These valuable supplies, not readily available in Uganda, were sent over on a container ship in April. The week was spent collaborating, teaching and performing surgeries that are less common in Uganda because of the limitation of the facilities and lack of necessary supplies. The intention of both teams is that this would be an on-going partnership between On-Belay Medical and the healthcare community in Uganda.
Medical Mission Partners
Dr. Michael Wattenbarger, MD (Pediatric Spine Surgery; Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Greenville, SC) and Dr. Mallon Nyati (Chief of Spine, Mulago Hospital)
Dr. John Hicks, MD (Orthopedic Spine Surgery; EmergeOrtho/Blue Ridge Bone and Joint, Asheville/Hendersonville, NC)
13 Year Old Scoliosis Patient
Dr. Tom Large, MD (Orthopedic Trauma Surgery; Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC) and Orthopedic Residents from Makerere University.
Dr. Adam Lewis, MD (Neurosurgery; Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, Jackson, MS)
Dr. Michael Wattenbarger and Orthopedic Spine Resident discussing scoliosis deformity correction
Dr. Joshua Miller, MD (Neurosurgical Associates, P.C, Knoxville, TN) performs complex spinal tuberculosis procedure with Neurosurgical Resident at Mulago Hospital.
Dr. Greg Hoffman, CNIM (Neurophysiology, National Neuromonitoring Service, Jackson, MS) with Dr. Orwotho Norbert (Spine Surgeon at Mulago Hospital) and Dr. Martin Nkundeki (Chief Medical Officer, Wentz Medical Clinic and Africa Renewal Ministries)