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La from Cambodia raised $600 to fund a knee surgery so she can walk well.

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La's treatment was fully funded on April 27, 2022.

Photo of La post-operation

May 5, 2022

La underwent a knee surgery so she can walk well again.

La returned to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for a planned total knee replacement, when her biopsy showed that she had a giant cell tumour - a rare, aggressive non-cancerous tumour. In an effort to spare her knee joint and painful post-joint replacement rehabilitation, surgeons decided to change her treatment plan to perform an arthrodesis and removal of the tumour, but not her joint. A metal plate and medical-grade cement were used to stabilize her knee joint as she heals. She spent a week in the hospital and worked closely with the physiotherapy team to strengthen her leg and learn to walk again. She was happy to return home after her stitches were removed and is looking forward to walking her children to and from school and selling beverages from her home to support their family’s income.

La shared, “after so many years of pain in my knee, I am now hopeful that my pain will go away and I can have a good life taking walks with my children and my husband. Thank you to the doctors who explained everything to me, and to everyone who supported us so we can have good medical care even when we can’t pay.”

La returned to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for a planned total knee replacement, when her biopsy showed that she had a gi...

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April 9, 2022

La is a 36-year-old mother of three children. She is married and her husband works as a construction worker. To help support her family, she sells soft drinks and coffee from her home. The couple has one son and two daughters, who are all in public school. In her free time, La enjoys walking her children to and from school, cooking, and, after a long day, watching television.

Five years ago, La injured her left knee and she has experienced intermittent pain since the injury. Unfortunately, in December 2021, she was involved in a motorbike accident where she re-injured the same knee. After an x-ray, she was diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone cyst, or a benign, blood-filled lesion in the bone that often expands or grows. She experiences severe pain and now has difficulty walking. To treat her condition, surgeons plan to remove the cyst from her left knee and heal her joint.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping La receive treatment. On April 9th, surgeons will perform procedure to relieve La of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Now, she needs help raising $600 to fund her procedure and care.

La shared, “I am thankful that I will be able to return to work and care for my children after this surgery.”

La is a 36-year-old mother of three children. She is married and her husband works as a construction worker. To help support her family, she...

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La's Timeline

  • April 9, 2022

    La was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 9, 2022

    La 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.

  • April 12, 2022

    La's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 27, 2022

    La's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2022

    We received an update on La. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Joint Arthrodesis
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $600 for La's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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