Grants for surgery are usually offered by non-profit organizations, working with doctors, nurses and medical professionals that donate their time, often offering life changing procedures at little or no cost. These groups work worldwide and there are even local programs operating in communities inside the United States.
Face to Face
Originally the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation was started as a professional organization for facial plastic surgeons that dealt with the issues and challenges found in that field. In the 1990s, they started the Face to Face humanitarian program to offer free surgeries to less fortunate patients. They target help to three distinct groups.
Face to Face International provides assistance to children with facial birth defects and repairs damage caused by disease and war. AAFPRS members travel abroad each year to perform free surgery. They also educate colleagues in the latest techniques used in facial surgery.
Face to Face National Domestic Violence Project offers free operations to victims of physical abuse that resulted in facial injuries. This program is offered across the United States. Reconstructive surgery not only provides physical repair but helps victims of domestic abuse start to move on with their lives.
Faces of Honor provides free surgery to soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty. This program is a simple thank you for the military service given to our country. To find participating physicians in your area, select your state on the national map on the Faces of Honor website.
Mission Cataract USA
This organization does what it sounds like it does, offering free cataract removal to U.S. residents with cataract or other eye problems that can be surgically corrected. The group provides free surgery to patients of all ages who lack medical insurance and have no other means to pay for an eye operation. Surgery is performed by participating doctors and clinics across the United States. A list is provided on the Mission Cataract USA website. You may also have your primary care physician refer you to a participating clinic.
Smile Train Cleft Surgery
Smile Train is an independent organization that provides free surgery to children born with cleft lip or palate conditions. They operate worldwide in 70 countries helping needy recipients that otherwise would have no way to pay for surgery. Smile Train survives off donor support from kind-hearted givers around the world. Since starting the service in 1999, the program has created over 900,000 new smiles. Surgeries are provided through Smile Train partner hospitals. To find out if one is in your area, visit the Smile Train website.
Surgery on Sunday
This local community program helps residents of Kentucky within 250 miles of Lexington, KY. It provides all types of essential outpatient surgical procedures to low-income patients who lack health insurance. Surgery is performed by volunteer doctors that donate their time. Surgery is offered for anything and everything that can be accomplished in their outpatient facility including removal of cataracts and skin cancers. To be seen by Surgery on Sunday, you must not have health insurance and cannot earn more than 200% the federal poverty guideline. Your body mass index or BMI must be 38 or lower and you must have a primary care physician refer you to the program for assistance.