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Success! Sopheap from Cambodia raised $497 to fund hip surgery.

Sopheap
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheap's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Sopheap post-operation

February 27, 2019

Sopheap underwent hip surgery.

Sopheap is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve and the doctors look forward to seeing him again in a month. Sopheap will continue his exercises at home, and looks forward to getting back to the village and taking care of his children.

He says, “I am very happy that my operation was a success and that I am able to walk normally and comfortably again.”

Sopheap is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve and the doctors look forward t...

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February 14, 2019

Sopheap is a man from Cambodia. Nine months ago, Sopheap suffered injuries to his right hip due to a motorcycle accident. He has since tried to take medicine to relieve the pain, but it has only gotten worse.

Sopheap will undergo a surgery to correct his hip and remove the damaged bone. This will allow Sopheap to walk comfortably and return to his work on the rice farm. The surgery is scheduled for February 14 and will cost $497.

He says, “After surgery, I hope that I will no longer have any pain and can walk better than before so I can return to work.”

Sopheap is a man from Cambodia. Nine months ago, Sopheap suffered injuries to his right hip due to a motorcycle accident. He has since tried...

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Sopheap's Timeline

  • February 14, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheap was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 14, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheap 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.

  • February 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 27, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Sopheap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

An arthroplasty is performed when a joint is destroyed, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Joints may become damaged through fracture, trauma, degenerative joint disease, or congenital hip dysplasia. Other possible reasons include conditions developed during growth, such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and avascular necrosis.

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

When patients have destroyed joints, they experience pain and are immobile. This typically prevents them from working and supporting their families.

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

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of disability and death in Cambodia. Cambodian roads are in poor condition, and drivers are rarely safe. Fractures, dislocations, and trauma from traffic accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

In order to replace a destroyed joint, surgeons must completely remove it. An incision is made over the affected joint, and dissection is carefully performed down to the bone. A saw is then used to carefully cut the ends of the joint away. The deformed, arthritic bone is removed. In some cases, an artificial metal prosthesis is then fitted to the ends of the bone and secured. A plastic bearing is then placed between the two metal ends of the joint so that the joint can move with low friction. The wound is closed. The patient will typically receive physical therapy, teaching him or her range of motion exercises and strengthening techniques.

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

The patient is able to walk without pain and can return to work to support his or her family.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery always carries a risk of a death, but such a complication is very unlikely. This surgery is highly successful.

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

Surgical treatment is not easily accessible in rural Cambodia. In cities, it is too expensive for many patients to afford. Patients travel anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. They learn about CSC from family members or neighbors who have received treatment there. They travel with their family members via motorcycle or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients seek Khmer traditional medicine. They visit local healers, who provide topical and consumable treatment that is often not effective.

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