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Success! Choeurk from Cambodia raised $1,087 to fund a hip replacement surgery.

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Choeurk's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2021.

Photo of Choeurk post-operation

March 22, 2021

Choeurk underwent a hip replacement surgery.

Choeurk is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy with the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) team as his mobility continues to improve. Choeurk will continue his exercises at home and looks forward to getting back home to his family and village.

Choeurk’s family shared that they are happy that he can walk and work without someone to help him. They are excited that soon he can return to activities of daily life like taking care of his grandchildren, helping around the house, and visiting the pagoda on holy days.

Choeurk is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy with the Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) team as his mobility cont...

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January 6, 2021

Choeurk is a 64-year-old farmer, proudly married for 42 years and has six children, two sons and four daughters. Four of his children are now married, and he has 4 grandchildren. Choeurk lives with his wife, who is also a farmer. During his free time, he likes to exercise in the morning, care for his grandchildren, listen to the radio news, clean the house, and visit the pagoda.

Two years ago, Choeurk was in a motor vehicle accident that caused trauma to his right hip and knee. After the accident, he went to a provincial hospital, where they gave him medications to ease the pain, but his condition did not improve. When he arrived at Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he had a painful right hip and right knee and he was unable to walk. Doctors diagnosed him with avascular necrosis in his hip and recommend a total hip replacement on his right hip and a possible knee fusion procedure as well.

At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Choeurk of his pain and allow him to walk easily again. Treatment is scheduled for January 7th, and Choeurk needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

Choeurk shared, “I hope that after this surgery, my right hip will be free of pain, and I will be able to walk and work again.”

Choeurk is a 64-year-old farmer, proudly married for 42 years and has six children, two sons and four daughters. Four of his children are no...

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Choeurk's Timeline

  • January 6, 2021

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

  • January 7, 2021

    Choeurk 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 8, 2021

    Choeurk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2021

    Choeurk's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021

    Choeurk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Choeurk's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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