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    Excessive operation pain leaves hip replacement patients seeking answers


    A man who underwent a double hip replacement operation six years ago is now seeking compensation after discovering the original hip replacement parts were breaking down. Keith Humphris had the original operation at Cheltenham General Hospital but after a couple of years he started having pains in his legs.

    Tests revealed the original metal hip sockets that were put in during the surgery were starting to disintegrate. Metal filings were found in Mr Humphris’ bloodstream and he eventually had to undergo another two operations to replace the original metal replacements that had been put in.

    The term ‘mix and match’ has been given to hip operations where components from different manufacturers are used during the same surgery. Some legal advisers have said they are dealing with compensation claims lodged by several patients. Mr Humphris has put in a claim for the situation he went through.

    If the original hip replacements had been fine there would have been no need for additional operations. He says he will probably need further replacements in 15 years or so as well and feels upset that his life has been ruined. He has had to give up work as a result of the situation he has found himself in.

    Is excessive operation pain commonly experienced?

    Everyone would expect to experience some pain after an operation. However this will subside relatively quickly in most cases. It may take some time to get back to normality but you certainly would not expect to suffer excessive operation pain for months afterwards – and certainly not for years.

    Fortunately the vast majority of patients do recover from operations and they also often have a better quality of life afterwards as well. If this is not the case in your situation it is well worth finding out more about it and how you can make changes to things.

    Source: Gloucestershire Echo

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