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Success! Un from Cambodia raised $781 to fund a hip replacement.

Un
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Un's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2016.

Photo of Un post-operation

January 24, 2017

Un underwent a hip replacement.

Un’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication and had two weeks of physiotherapy before going home. Un is now able to walk easily and does not experience pain. If she has any problems, she can return to our medical partner for free treatment.

“I am happy that I can walk properly now and without pain,”says Un.

Un's treatment went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication and had two weeks of physiotherapy before going home. Un is...

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October 24, 2016

Un is a 48-year-old woman from Cambodia. She likes to cook for her family and watch movies on TV.

Un has experienced pain in both hips for over a year, and she has been diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis. She has difficulty walking and lying down, so she uses a crutch to move around.

Un learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a relative. She traveled for four hours with her sister to reach CSC for treatment. On October 24, CSC surgeons performed a total hip replacement on her left hip. After recovery, she should be able to walk easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $781 procedure.

Un says, “I hope that I can walk normal again and without pain.”

Un is a 48-year-old woman from Cambodia. She likes to cook for her family and watch movies on TV. Un has experienced pain in both hips f...

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Un's Timeline

  • October 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Un was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Un 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.

  • November 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Un's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Un's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Un's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $781 for Un's treatment
Hospital Fees
$252
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$5
Supplies
$307
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients typically experience severe hip pain and difficulty walking or standing. By the time Children's Surgical Centre provides treatment, patients have often lived with these symptoms for months or more. A total hip replacement (THR) treats hips that are severely damaged and therefore not amenable to other forms of treatment.

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

Patients may not be able to walk or walk normally. Physical activity is extremely restricted, making any movement painful. This prevents patients from carrying out daily life, going to work, attending school, or taking care of themselves and their families.

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

Many Cambodians use motorbikes as their main form of transportation. Because of weak traffic laws, motorbike accidents are common. Injured individuals who cannot afford treatment often self-medicate or rely on Khmer traditional healers. Their fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common painkiller in Cambodia. No prescription is required. Individuals who do intense physical labor take steroids regularly, which restricts blood flow to the joints. This causes bone tissue death and tiny bone breaks, making bones more susceptible to breaks and fractures.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During a hip replacement, doctors replace both the acetabulum (hipbone socket) and femoral head (head of the femur) with prosthetic implants. Doctors remove the dead or broken bone. A cup is inserted into the acetabulum, and a metal hip prosthesis is inserted into the femur.

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

The patient will be able to walk independently without pain, improving quality of life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Severe disability, arthritis, and avascular necrosis of the hip can be successfully treated by a THR. This treatment is highly effective, with few risks.

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

Most Cambodians visit Khmer traditional healers before seeking modern medical care. As recently as ten years ago, a THR was unavailable in Cambodia. Children's Surgical Centre is one of the few centers that provides this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Younger patients can elect to undergo hip fusion surgery and postpone the THR until later in life. The duration of the prosthesis is 10-15 years.

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