Hip Replacement Surgery: Precautions, Problems and Legal Solutionsby Charles Houssiere (Houssiere Durant & Houssiere L.L.P.)
Hip replacement surgery is, without a shadow of doubt, a very important event in a man’s life, even when everything goes as planned. Recovering from such a medical procedure is often painful and debilitating and may take an entire year for the patient to recover full range of motion. If something fails in the process, the patient will have to undergo another surgery to fix the damages produced by the first one causing more pain, stress and time away from daily activities.
A faulty hip implant can produce very serious problems like hip bone fractures and hip dislocation, causing the patient severe pain, hip swelling and difficulty when moving or even standing. A revision surgery is required to fix these hip implant problems. In some cases, the artificial hip may need to be replaced with a brand new one, if the problems cannot be fixed otherwise.
Hip Replacement Surgery Precautions
While most hip replacement surgeries are completed without any problems, patients need to understand the risks involved in this surgical procedure. These include:
- Patients may have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia;
- Patients may experience excessive bleeding;
- Patients may experience infection at the wound site;
- Heart attack;
- Blood clots.
Defective Hip Implant Symptoms
Patients that experience the effects of a defective hip implant prematurely may be eligible for financial compensation. A faulty hip implant will not only cause the patient severe pain but will also dictate what he can and cannot do, making him unable to participate in his daily activities for a very long time.
There are certain signs that may indicate the hip replacement is not 100 percent functional. These include:
- The patient may experience the feeling that the hip is not in its place;
- Mechanical sounds while moving (clicking, popping or creaking sounds);
- The patient may experience excessive pain while moving;
- The patient may have difficulty when rising from a seated position and trying to stand;
- Pain deep in the groin.
Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits
A hip implant has an estimated time before failure of approximately 20 years. Unfortunately thousands of patients experience the effects of a faulty hip implant after a couple of years. A revision surgery will be even more painful for the patient and more complicated for the medical staff. If you are one of those patients that suffered from the effects of a faulty hip implant in the first few years after surgery, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation to cover all medical costs related to your current and future care, pain and suffering involved and any wages the you may have lost due to your current health situation.
Seeking legal assistance from an experienced lawyer specialized in defective hip implant lawsuits is very important because he will have the necessary knowledge and experience to clearly determine your options and maximize the amount of compensation you will receive. Getting over such an unfortunate event requires time, but with the right financial support offered by compensation moving forward with your life is closer than you think.