On average, it costs $411 for Savong's treatment
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- Cultural or regional significance
What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?
Patients who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.
What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?
Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.
What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?
There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.
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What does the treatment process look like?
During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing.
During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.
What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?
Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.
What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?
This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.
How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?
Rural Cambodians often self-medicate or seek treatment from traditional healers because they cannot afford treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.
What are the alternatives to this treatment?
There is no alternative to this treatment.