Have you been injured from knee replacement surgery? If you have, and you believe your injury is due to a defective knee device, surgical errors, negligence or other medical malpractice; you may be eligible for compensation for medical and other expenses, as well as your pain and suffering.
The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will work hard to make sure your rights are protected, and you receive all of the compensation that is rightfully yours.
The most complex joint in your body is your knee. It is also the largest joint, and the one that has the most stress placed upon it.
As a result of arthritis or other joint problems, you may experience severe knee pain and have significant knee damage. When this happens, knee replacement surgery is often recommended.
Knee replacement surgery began in 1968. In 2010, nearly 700,000 people had knee replacement surgery in the United States.
As improved and advanced implant devices and surgical techniques continue to be developed, knee replacement surgery has become one of the most successful surgical procedures. However, there are several risks that are involved with knee replacement surgery. Some of these are:
Breathing problems after surgery – Breathing problems usually come from the use of a breathing tube and general anesthesia.
Infection – Infection may develop in your knee, urinary tract or lungs (pneumonia).
Heart attack or stroke may occur during or following surgery.
Allergic reaction – You may have an allergic reaction to any of the medications you are given.
Loss of blood – Loss of blood is normal during knee replacement surgery, but you may have to have a blood transfusion.
Formation of a blood clot – Sitting or lying down for long periods of time during or after surgery increase your risk of having a blood clot.
Poor healing of your surgical wound – This occurs most often in people who smoke, have diabetes, take medications that weaken their immune system or are not healthy before surgery.
Falls in the hospital – A fall in the hospital may be caused by things, such as unfamiliar surroundings, loose gowns, feeling weak after your surgery, slippery floors, moving around with a lot of tubes hooked up to your body, pain or medicines that make you sleepy.
In addition, there are risks related to your replacement implant. The device may be defective, loosening may occur or wear and tear of the moving parts of the device with the passage of time. The result can actually be that you experience more pain and have less mobility than you did before having surgery, and you may need to have another knee replacement surgery.
Again, if you were injured from knee replacement surgery that you believe was caused by a defective knee device, surgical errors, negligence or other medical malpractice; you need to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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