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Success! Sokkhen from Cambodia raised $497 to fund orthopedic surgery.

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

Photo of Sokkhen post-operation

February 27, 2019

Sokkhen underwent orthopedic surgery.

Sokkhen is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Sokkhen will continue his exercises at home, and looks forward to getting back to his family and village.

His wife says, “I am so happy that my husband is now able to stand up and walk on his own and without pain.”

Sokkhen is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Sokkhen will continue his exe...

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February 11, 2019

Huon is a man from Cambodia. When Huon was 22 years old, he noticed hip pain that caused him distress and pain. He was first seen by a Thai hospital that recommended a hip replacement, but he could not afford it.

Huon is unable to walk without crutches, finds it difficult to care for his daughter and wife, and cannot work at the farm.

Fortunately, he is now scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis on February 11. The procedure will cost $497. After surgery, he hopes that he will be able to walk like normal and will no longer have any pain.

He says, “I hope that after surgery I won’t have any more pain and can walk and work with no problems.”

Huon is a man from Cambodia. When Huon was 22 years old, he noticed hip pain that caused him distress and pain. He was first seen by a Thai ...

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Sokkhen's Timeline

  • February 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokkhen 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 12, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokkhen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 27, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokkhen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokkhen'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 Sokkhen'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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