In England and Wales alone, there are around 160,000 hip replacements done by the NHS each year. The hip joint is a particularly fragile one, and prone to wear and tear over time as well as to arthritis damage. Hip replacement was the first type of joint replacement surgery to be done, back in the 1960’s. These days, knee and ankle replacements are also possible, providing a great deal of relief to those who could otherwise have suffered chronic pain for the rest of their lives. Although hip replacement surgery is successful 99% of the time, 1% of cases result in complications that can be extremely painful and debilitating.
Possible complications of hip replacement surgery
When replacing a hip joint, it is very important that surgeons choose the correct size of replacement hip. One of the most common complications of hip replacement surgery is that the replacement hip is very slightly too big, meaning that it doesn’t fit correctly into its ‘socket.’ This can be extremely painful for the patient and will usually mean they are unable to walk. Other common problems are with defective hip implants or hip implants which don’t secure properly, both of which can result in difficulty walking and a great deal of pain and discomfort. Other than these problems specific to hip replacements, there have also been many cases of general surgical error from pins being left inside the hip joint, to internal bleeding and patients waking up during the operation.
What to do if you have been injured by hip replacement surgery
If you feel you have been a victim of clinical negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Your claim will depend on whether negligence can be proved, or whether your injury was simply an unfortunate and unpredictable accident.
To find out more about this legal provision, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to let you know whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, and how much compensation you could receive. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been helping others like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for years now. We are specialists in personal injury compensation. We work on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. For a very quick guide to your chances of eligibility, check our 30-second online claim test. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown