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Success! Sok Lao from Cambodia raised $781 to fund a hip replacement.

Sok Lao
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  • $781 raised, $0 to go
$781
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok Lao's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2017.

Photo of Sok Lao post-operation

February 21, 2017

Sok Lao underwent a successful hip replacement.

Following his procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy. His wound has healed nicely, and he does not experience any pain. Sok Lao is now able to walk more easily than before.

Sok Lao says, “I am happy to be able to work and support my family again.”

Following his procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy. His wound has healed nicely, and he does not experience any pain. Sok Lao is now ...

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January 2, 2017

Sok Lao is a 42-year-old man with one son and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, watch the Khmer channel on TV, and read newspapers.

On December 28, Sok Lao fell from his house and fractured his left hip. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Sok Lao to walk, and he was experiencing pain in his left hip.

Sok Lao traveled for three hours to seek treatment at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). On January 3, surgeons at CSC performed a total hip replacement surgery on Sok Lao’s left side. After recovery, he should be able to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $781 to fund this procedure.

Sok Lao is a 42-year-old man with one son and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, watch the Khmer channel on TV, an...

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Sok Lao's Timeline

  • January 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sok Lao was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Lao 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.

  • January 04, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Lao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Lao's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Lao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $781 for Sok Lao's treatment
Hospital Fees
$252
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$5
Supplies
$307
  • 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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