Infections After Orthopedic Surgeries: Bend & Portland Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Post Surgery Infections Caused by Orthopedic Medical Malpractice: Bend & Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Any surgical procedure has a risk of infection.  This is a known risk, and a commonly accepted risk.  In fact, patients about to undergo a surgery must give informed consent.  This informed consent acknowledges the risk of the surgery to be an infection.  One common type of surgery which results in an infection is an orthopedic surgery.  While this risk is accepted and normal, it does not mean that every infection is a consented-to risk of a medical procedure.  There are still infections following an orthopedic surgery which may be due to Oregon medical malpractice and which should be evaluated by a medical malpractice attorney.


Orthopedic Surgeries, Infections, and Oregon Medical Malpractice


Orthopedists specialize in bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and how they work together to create the structure and function of the muscle-skeletal system.  Essentially, orthopedists focus on how we are formed and how we move.  This includes handling broken bones, torn muscles or tendons, or conditions affecting our bones like arthritis.  


There are many types of surgeries that an orthopedist may perform, all of which carry a risk of infection.  This surgeries include procedures on the arms, legs, pelvis, hip, back, neck, hands, feet, or anywhere else.  Most patients go to orthopedists for broken bones or torn muscles, but they can do much more.


While any type of orthopedic surgery can cause an infection, which is an accepted risk, there are some reckless, careless, or other Oregon medical malpractice which can result in an infection which is not necessarily an accepted risk.  Some common causes of Oregon medical malpractice causing an infection include the following:


  • Improper sterilization procedures;
  • Taking too long to perform a surgery (the longer a patient is being operated on, the longer an incision is open, the more likely an infection could occur);
  • Reusing tools, even if on the same patients, when the standard of care would be to just use a new tool (i.e., reusing forceps);
  • Failing to properly scrub in;
  • Not maintaining a sterile environment;
  • Causing an internal injury which could result in an infection (i.e., esophageal perforation, bowel perforation);
  • Improperly closing up a wound;
  • Poor application of sutures or stitches; 
  • Failing to properly prep the surgical site; and 
  • Many other causes.


Victims of Post Surgery Infections Should Call our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Learn His or Her Rights


A post surgical infection is a serious issue, and can result in serious personal injuries and even result in the wrongful death of a patient.  This is particularly true if a patient goes septic due to a prolific infection.  While an infection is an accepted risk, it is also not an accepted risk that the infection will be misdiagnosed or not treated.  This can also be part of the Oregon medical malpractice.


Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured due to an infection after an orthopedic surgery, call our Bend & Portland medical malpractice lawyer.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Vancouver, Washington, Corvallis, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Prineville, Eugene, Astoria, Coos Bay, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located.


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