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

Phorn
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  • $1,087 raised, $0 to go
$1,087
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phorn's treatment was fully funded on May 19, 2021.

Photo of Phorn post-operation

April 2, 2021

Phorn underwent hip replacement surgery.

Phorn underwent a successful hip replacement procedure. After several days in the hospital, Phorn started physiotherapy to learn to walk with a walker and develop strength and flexibility. He hopes that he will have no infection, and his new hip will be free of pain. After his surgery, Phorn described his health as good.

Phorn shared, “I was surprised with the result soon after surgery. Now I can do things by myself without any help. Thanks to all the staff for their help.”

Phorn underwent a successful hip replacement procedure. After several days in the hospital, Phorn started physiotherapy to learn to walk wit...

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February 8, 2021

Phorn is a 40-year-old construction worker with three children: two sons and one daughter. They all are now in school. Phorn is not working now but his wife is a factory worker. His parents live with his family and he supports them.

For over two years, he has had pain in both hips. He feels his left side is much worse than the right. He describes his current health as generally very poor because he is in such pain. When he has pain, he has traditionally been able to buy pain medication from the pharmacy, but it has lately become unbearable. Doctors diagnosed his condition as avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to lack of blood circulation) of both hips.

Fortunately, Phorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Phorn of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 9th, and Phorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

He hopes after surgery, his left hip will not have pain, he can walk without help, and go back to work as before.

Phorn is a 40-year-old construction worker with three children: two sons and one daughter. They all are now in school. Phorn is not working ...

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Phorn's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phorn 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.

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phorn's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Phorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
Medication
$0
Supplies
$340
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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