Failed Hip/Knee Replacements
Hip and knee replacement surgeries are very common in the United States. Unfortunately,failed surgeries are also common. If you put your faith in a surgeon only to have your condition worsen, you may be a victim of medical malpractice.
At the law firm of Furr & Henshaw, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience representing victims of medical negligence and their families. We work diligently to help you pursue compensation for your injuries and associated damages caused by surgery malpractice.
Common Reasons For Failed Joint Replacements
When hip and knee replacements fail, the reason for the failure is often one of the following:
- Incorrectly sized prosthesis: A surgeon can implant the wrong-sized prosthesis due to incorrectly measuring the patient’s joint. This error can also result from the surgical nurse giving the doctor the wrong replacement, and the doctor failing to notice the error.
- Incorrectly installed prosthesis: Surgeons can sometimes fail to line up the prosthesis correctly. An incorrectly installed prosthesis often limits a patient’s range of motion and results in chronic pain.
- Allergic reaction: Patients can suffer from allergic reactions to the metal or metals used in replacement joints. For example, DePuy, a manufacturer of hip replacements, issued a massive recall in 2010. A large number of patients who had the company’s product implanted suffered allergic reactions to the metals used in the prosthesis.
- Prosthesis failure: Sometimes the prosthesis can fail due to poor quality or bad design. Prosthesis manufacturers Smith & Nephew and Stryker both issued recalls of replacement joints after reports of failures became too numerous to ignore.
You Have Options After A Failed Joint Replacement Surgery
Whether your failed hip or knee replacement resulted from a doctor error or a manufacturer’s negligence, the lawyers at Furr & Henshaw can help you. With the help of our network of medical professionals, we will uncover the cause for your failed surgery, determine the impact the failure has had and will have on you or your loved one’s life and work to help you recover damages.
To learn more about how our attorneys can help you, you can email us to schedule an initial consultation at one of our South Carolina office locations. We proudly serve victims of medical malpractice in Myrtle Beach, the surrounding area.