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Peconic Bay Surgeon Brings Gift Of Mobility To Patients In West Africa

Originally Posted: June 24, 2011

Dr. Eugene Krauss of The Krauss Center for Joint Replacements at Peconic Bay Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo: PBMC)

Riverhead - Dr. Eugene Krauss of The Krauss Center for Joint Replacements at Peconic Bay Medical Center understands that good mobility is important for people with diseases of the joints whether they live on Long Island or in underdeveloped third world countries. The renowned orthopedic surgeon has performed more than 15,000 hip and knee replacements, along with other surgical procedures to improve the mobility for patients whose ambulation has been limited. In keeping with the Peconic Bay Medical Center's theme, "Knowledge of Experts, Compassion of Neighbors," he is setting a great example by making a difference in the world. Krauss brought his medical expertise from Riverhead to a local community in West Africa to show "Our Neighborhood Has No Boundaries." Like many doctors at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Dr. Krauss demonstrates a commitment to humanitarian service. He and a support team of surgeons and medical personnel recently returned from their third trip to Equatorial Guinea in West Africa where they brought hope to patients in need of treatment to improve mobility.

Dr. Krauss and his eight-member team treated nearly three dozen patients during this most recent trip. "There are 250 million people in this part of Africa and there isn't one single orthopedic surgeon who performs joint replacement surgery," Krauss explained. "Despite the potential dangers inherent in making these types of benevolent trips to the continent, my team and I are improving lives. The local people will not survive in these areas if you cannot walk." His efforts are also setting an example for others. Dr. Krauss inspired one West African woman who, after meeting with the doctor during his last visit when he treated her own mother, decided to earn her medical degree in orthopedics and subsequently assisted him during the recent surgeries.

In addition to the need for orthopedic care which includes joint replacement surgery, Dr. Krauss also explained that many of these patients suffer from complicated medical conditions as well as HIV or Hepatitis. "The patient population in Africa that we have seen is often very complex and in need of multiple services. Many have never received Western medical care."

In order to perform what is often challenging and delicate surgery, Dr. Krauss and his team shipped more than $1.5 million worth of surgical and medical equipment to Africa in preparation for their visit. Nearly 78 cases of equipment and supplies preceded their arrival and some of it was left behind to aid the local physicians in order to follow-up with patients that were treated and to continue Krauss' humanitarian work. "We have a moral and social responsibility to help others in the world who may be in need of specialized medical and surgical treatment," Krauss said. "We may not be able to help every patient in Africa that needs surgery, but we are helping some and hopefully we're influencing other doctors and professionals to reach out and provide the services that the less fortunate need."

This recent trip by Dr. Krauss and his team occurred during another special occasion - his birthday. "The trip was a gift to myself. Knowing that I was going to help people who were in serious need of joint replacement surgery supports my own personal and professional beliefs that we must heal the world," explained Dr. Krauss.

For those on Long Island as well as for some in Africa, it is fortunate that Dr. Eugene Krauss and the Krauss Center for Joint Replacements at Peconic Bay Medical Center exist to help bring mobility to people within our local community as well as throughout the world.

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