My Hip Replacement Failed, is that Medical Malpractice? Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Botched Hip Replacements Can Be Orthopedic Medical Malpractice, and Victims in Minnesota May be Entitled to Compensation


Anytime a joint needs surgical intervention, it is a very serious procedure.  This cannot be more true for a hip replacement surgery.  A hip replacement is a lengthy procedure which removes portions of a patient’s natural bone, ligaments, and tendons to put in an implanted device to serve as the patient’s permanent joint.  These procedures are painful and have a lengthy recovery period.


This is why a hip replacement needs to be performed once, and performed correctly.  If it is not, it likely is due to Minnesota medical malpractice and the victim may be entitled to compensation.  If you have had more than one hip replacement surgery, still have pain months later, or have paralysis to your ankle, foot, or toes, you should read on and call an attorney.



Causes of Botched Hip Replacements: Orthopedic Medical Malpractice


An orthopedist is a medical doctor who specializes in the skeleton system and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons which help form it.  If a patient has a catastrophic hip injury or deteriorating condition or disease, an orthopedist will perform many tests and evaluations to determine whether the patient is a candidate for a total hip replacement.


This is a major surgery, and such evaluation is a very important part of the process.  Failing to assess whether a patient is even a candidate for a hip replacement can be medical malpractice.  Indeed, a hip replacement can fail even before it starts if the patient is not properly screened for the surgery.  Young patients are simply not proper candidates for hip replacements, and more conservative treatment is the proper standard of care.


With such a complicated procedure, there are many possible errors which could result in the hip replacement failing due to medical malpractice.  These include the following common mistakes during and after a hip replacement surgery which may be caused by a doctor’s negligence:


  • Failing to use the properly sized implant;
  • Failing to install the hip implant properly;
  • Failing to avoid vital structures such as nerves or arteries/blood vessels;
  • Breaking off screws, pins, or tools during the surgery;
  • Anesthesia errors;
  • Failing to line up the implant with the hip and the femur;
  • Using the wrong sized implant;
  • Causing excessive muscle, tendon, or ligament damage;
  • Failing to properly push the implant deep enough in the femur;
  • Compromising the hip bones by making too make drill holes, using the wrong tools, or causing bone fractures during the procedure;
  • Failing to properly sterilize the wound which results in an infection;
  • Suture mistakes;
  • Failing to ensure the patient’s legs are the same length to avoid compensation injuries to the other side;
  • Treating and repairing all fractures or cracks in the bones prior to completing the surgery, including in the femur or hip bones;
  • Causing a bone infection;
  • Failing to provide proper discharge instructions;
  • Failing to properly follow-up with the patient;
  • Delaying in identifying and treating an infection;
  • Causing the patient’s death; and
  • Many other causes of medical malpractice.


Signs You Have Been the Victim of Minnesota Medical Malpractice


While it is not unheard of for there to be a hip replacement revision, generally to “fine tune” the surgery, anytime there is a second hip surgeon you need to contact a Minnesota medical malpractice attorney.  This is a massive surgery and must be completed properly in one procedure.  Additional surgeries will cause more damage to the patient.


Here are some common signs you may have been the victim of a botched hip replacement surgery:


  • Need for new surgeries within a few years of the original surgery;
  • The hardware used needs to be replaced in the same year as the surgery;
  • Your range of motion has not returned to near-full range of motion;
  • It hurts to walk;
  • You have trouble lowering yourself down to all fours and back up;
  • The surgical wounds do not heal within a few months of the surgery, including open wounds;
  • Your surgeon tells you to not get a second opinion;
  • Pain injections are needed more than a few months past the original surgery;
  • Pain, tingles, numbness, pins-and-needles in your toes or leg;
  • Paralysis of the ankle, foot, or toes;
  • Drop foot; and
  • Other causes.


If you have any of these symptoms, you must call a Minnesota medical malpractice attorney to learn if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.


If You Underwent a Hip Replacement and Still Have Pain, Call an Attorney Now


If you or a loved one have been the victim of a botched hip replacement in Minnesota, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what your rights to compensation may be and how we can help.  A botched hip replacement surgery can result in serious pain and suffering, and is permanent.  This medical error can completely disrupt a person’s daily activities for his or her entire life.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn how we can help protect your rights if you have been injured by a negligent hospital, surgeon, or healthcare provider in Minneapolis, St. Paul or anywhere throughout Minnesota.


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