Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the UK, with the NHS alone performing over 70,000 per year.
During the operation part or all of the hip joint is replaced by a prosthesis, and sometimes the socket is replaced too. Intended as a solution for severe pain and mobility problems, and with a large proportion of patients in the over-60s category, it is often very distressing when the procedure leads to complications and further suffering.
Metal on metal hip replacement problems
One of the most common hip replacement compensation claims arises as a result of complications from metal on metal hip replacements, such as those made by manufacturer DePuy. These prosthetics have an unusually high failure rate, with toxic metal fragments breaking off and entering the patient’s body, as well as inflammation to the hip joint causing permanent muscle damage. The side effects could be dangerous, which is why thousands of patients are now undergoing blood tests and MRI scans.
General medical negligence hip replacement claims
Meanwhile, there are a number of other reasons why complications arising from hip replacement surgery could mean you are entitled to make a claim. Common complaints include:
- Damage to nerves in the area
- Accidental lengthening or shortening of the leg
- Dislocated hip
- Loosening of the prosthesis
- Osteolysis – a type of bone erosion
- Severe pain from rubbing or movement of the prosthesis
- Post-operative problems such as infection or general health complaints
Of course, these can only be classed as medical negligence if an error, delay or deficiency of care from a medical professional caused the problem.
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