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Success! Pha from Cambodia raised $392 to realign his right index finger.

Pha
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  • $392 raised, $0 to go
$392
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pha's treatment was fully funded on January 31, 2016.

Photo of Pha post-operation

March 7, 2016

Pha received successful surgery to realign his right index finger.

After surgery, Pha can now move his finger without pain. He must continue therapy for two weeks to regain more mobility, and he has a followup appointment in three months at the hospital.

“I can use my hand properly again. I am really thankful to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) and all the doctors and staff for helping me,” Pha shares.

After surgery, Pha can now move his finger without pain. He must continue therapy for two weeks to regain more mobility, and he has a follow...

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January 12, 2016

Meet Pha, a 26-year-old farmer from Cambodia. During a recreational game of volleyball. Pha injured his right index finger when blocking a spike. His proximal interphalangeal (PIP) join became dislocated and eventually infected, which currently prevents the use of his hand.

“I can’t hold anything,” explains Pha, who also enjoys listening to Pop music and watching movies with his four siblings.

For $392, we can fund a PIP joint fusion surgery to realign his finger and allow him to return to work.

“I hope my hand will be better after the operation and I can hold stuff properly again,” shares Pha. “After I am healed I will go back home and work to support my life.”

Meet Pha, a 26-year-old farmer from Cambodia. During a recreational game of volleyball. Pha injured his right index finger when blocking a s...

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Pha's Timeline

  • January 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pha received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • January 28, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pha's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 7, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Joint Arthrodesis
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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