Orthopaedic surgeons perform a wide variety of operations that are often extremely complex. When bones break or are fractured they do not always set properly. While many cases involve the limb being cast for several weeks to aid healing, this doesn’t always occur.
When an operation is needed, this can involve internal fixation, inserting screws and pins to help keep the bones in the right place. In other cases, traction can be involved in order to keep the bone as still as possible while the injury heals. While it is rare, there is the potential for an accident to occur and for an orthopaedic device injury to be sustained. For someone who is already trying to recover from what could have been a serious injury, experiencing an orthopaedic device injury can make things a lot worse. Surgeons have to be sure they provide the right support in each situation, and to ensure whatever method is used is completed properly and is checked on a regular basis. In rare instances, problems can arise that perhaps could have been avoided, if potential hazards are not seen and dealt with.
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When orthopaedic devices are used the idea is they will help prevent further injury and/or movement of the bone until it heals on its own. It is exceptionally rare for anything other than this to occur, such is the excellent level of care provided both in NHS and private hospitals.
However if potential hazards do appear and they are not properly identified or coped with, this could indicate there is evidence of negligence. Surgeons and all other medical professionals have a duty of care that must be met and if this does not occur the option to consider compensation may arise.
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