Dangers of Hip Replacement SurgeryHip surgery is considered a major surgical operation. These operations are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and under the care, supervision of a qualified orthopedic surgeon. The operation removes the femoral head of the hip by a prosthetic implant. The use of metal on metal hip implants or plastic on metal can depend on the needs of the recipient. Not all patients should be given the operation. In fact, certain recipients are not qualified candidates for the operation. As a result, certain parties are given the operation at the direction of their orthopedic surgeon without cause. Surgeons who conduct such surgeries without doing a proper evaluation of the patients needs will be held liable for medical malpractice. Not all hip injuries require a complete removal. In such cases other non-surgical alternatives are possible.
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Surgical Alternatives to Hip Replacement SurgerySurgical alternatives to treat hip replacement include, athrodesis, osteotomy, synovectomy, athrotomy, arthroscopy. Each of these are applicable when the surgical alternative is not necessary. Arthrodesis requires the fusion of the proximal femur to the pelvis. This procedure avoids hip joint motion, it does help to reduce to alleviate joint pain and improves the overall joint functionality. Osteotomy is a procedure where they cut and reset the ball-and-socket hip joint in order to correct the alignment of the joint. The benefits of this procedure allow for relief from hip joint pain, greater functionality, improved motion and better joint stability. Synovectomy is the surgical removal of the hip joint lining. Doctors will retain enough of the synovium to produce the necessary lubricating material in the joints. While this is a temporary treatment it does help reduce a significant amount of the pain suffered. Arthrotomy and Arthroscopy both are procedures which are used to remove loose fragments to improve joint movement and reduce pain. These alternatives are never fully explained to hip implant recipients. As a result many elect to have the procedure conducted without proper.
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CAUSES OF HIP REPLACEMENT MEDICAL MALPRACTICEHip replacement medical malpractice can occur for a variety of reasons, but here are the most common. If you experienced any of these during your hip replacement surgery, you need to contact our LA law firm.
- If you suffer pain from your hip replacement surgery, one of the reasons it may hurt is because of a faulty prosthetic.
- Misdiagnosis is another common reason for medical malpractice. It may turn out that you did not need hip replacement surgery in the first place.
- Infection is a constant worry for many people. The equipment and room may not have been properly sterilized and so bacteria festered in your wound and infected the area.
- Dislocation of the prosthetic can be painful. There may be times when the surgeon did not properly place the prosthetic hip and it dislocates when you apply pressure to the new hip.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Hip Replacement SurgeryIn California, you have one year from the date of injury to file a medical malpractice case. These cases will require a showing of general negligence. Or that the orthopedic surgeon acted in a manner that was below the industry standard. When filing a medical malpractice lawsuit you have one year from the date of the injury to file suit for your damages. This statutory period must be strictly adhered to. Although there are certain tolling exceptions, it is important that you file your claim in a timely manner. Medical malpractice claims essentially hold the doctor responsible for not performing the surgery properly. The following is a list of certain medical malpractice acts committed by surgeons during hip replacement surgery.
- Failure to take a proper medical history
- Failure to perform patient exam
- Failure to find or recognize physical findings apparent in medical history
- Failure to order proper tests
- Failure to perform proper consultations
- Failure to recommend non-evasive or different non-surgical approaches
- Failure to antiseptically prepare fixation cement
- Conducting unnecessary surgery
- Failure to treat operative conditions
- Failure to remove foreign bodies
- Failure to monitor patient for prosthetic defects
- Failure to treat infection
- Complete abandonment of patient