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Hip Replaced With the Wrong Size Prosthesis

Expecting some pain following the procedure, our client believed that her recovery was normal despite finding it extremely difficult to walk up and down steps.

Negligent Hip Replacement Surgery
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At the age of 66, it was not unusual for our client to be diagnosed with arthritis. Her right hip had been aching for around 2 years prior to the diagnosis. Her GP initially treated the condition with local anaesthetic and steroid injections.

Over the next year, the level of pain that our client experienced steadily increased. Her GP provided a referral to a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and arrangements were made for hip replacement surgery. Soon after, she attended hospital for the procedure which was performed by an experienced surgeon. She was advised of all the risks before; then afterwards she was told that the operation was a success.

Expecting some pain following the procedure, our client believed that her recovery was normal despite finding it extremely difficult to walk up and down steps. Some weeks passed and at an appointment with her surgeon she was told that there was nothing concerning about her recovery.

The following month X-rays were taken at an 8 week check up, after which our client was told that there was a problem and her hip might dislocate. With the consultant on holiday, she was told that she would have to wait 6 weeks for further surgery. During this time she would have to take extra care not to cause further damage to her hip, about which she became extremely anxious.

Despite being very careful, our client’s hip dislocated one night as she slept. As she was soon due to see the consultant, the decision was made not to relocate the hip. Upon her meeting with the consultant, fluid was taken to check for infection. This process in itself took 3 weeks, during which time the hip was left dislocated.

Nearly 12 weeks after the initial hip replacement surgery, our client underwent revision surgery to replace the ball and socket. Following the first surgery she was unable to walk without sticks for around 20 weeks. She is unable to stand up or walk for very long before needing to rest. Although the hip pain itself has subsided, she will not now recover the level of movement that she had before the replacement.

Had the initial hip surgery been satisfactory it would have made a marked improvement on our client’s quality of life. Unfortunately due to the negligence her recovery was delayed and she has been left with some ongoing problems. The compensation she was awarded after we presented her case will cover her costs and go some way towards ensuring she is comfortable in the future.

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