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Success! Kan from Cambodia raised $430 to treat hip osteoarthritis.

Kan
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kan's treatment was fully funded on September 26, 2016.

Photo of Kan post-operation

October 12, 2016

Kan received successful treatment for his hip osteoarthritis.

Kan’s hip replacement surgery went well. He will have physiotherapy for two weeks before returning home. The wound has healed well, and Kan is expected to make a full recovery.

“I’m happy to go back to work and support my family again,” Kan shared.

Kan's hip replacement surgery went well. He will have physiotherapy for two weeks before returning home. The wound has healed well, and Kan ...

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August 3, 2016

This is Kan, a 60-year-old farmer who is married with three sons and two daughters. He enjoys working on his farm field, relaxing at home, and watching news on TV.

Kan came to Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC), complaining of severe right hip pain. He traveled three hours with his son in search of treatment. Doctors discovered a right hip fracture and arthritis. Because of his pain, Kan cannot walk.

For $430, surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Center will perform a right hip replacement. The arthritic hip joint will replaced with an artificial one, reinforced with metal rods. After a recovery period, Kan will be able to walk easily again and without pain.

After treatment, Kan will be able to care for his family in good health.

This is Kan, a 60-year-old farmer who is married with three sons and two daughters. He enjoys working on his farm field, relaxing at home, a...

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Kan's Timeline

  • August 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kan was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 03, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kan received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • September 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kan's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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