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Some Metal Hip Implants More Likely to Require Early Revision

hip injuryPatients with large-diameter modular metal-on-metal hip replacements are 1.6 times more likely to require revision surgery within five years than patients with metal-on-plastic implants, according to a new study conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The study was based on nearly 60,000 total hip replacements in Canada reported between 2003 and 2011 and observed the effect of several factors on the risk of patients needing to have their implants replaced within five years of the initial replacement surgery.

The study results found patients whose hips were replaced with a metal-on-metal hip were most likely to be males younger than age 55. “Metal-on-metal hip replacement implants were generally considered to be the most suitable implants for younger, more active patients who are traditionally at higher risk of repeat surgery due to the wear and tear they place on the implant,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Bohm.

But patients who need metal hip revision surgery face a long recovery process. In addition to the added pain of another surgery, a second hip replacement costs patients even more bone, and that can only happen so many times before there is no longer enough bone for a new hip implant.

People shouldn’t have to suffer with the physical and emotional pain of revision surgery because their hip implant failed prematurely. Those who suspect their metal-on-metal hip implant is failing are urged to contact hip implant lawyers Tom Anapol and Melissa Hague immediately to protect their legal rights.

What is surgical malpractice?

surgical malpractice

Surgery malpractice is when a surgeon fails to provide reasonable care during surgery and makes a surgical mistake. Surgical malpractice leads to an injury, loss of income, or even wrongful death. The patient or his or her family must prove that the doctor failed to perform with reasonable care during surgery.

Common surgical errors

  • Perforation or an abnormal opening in a hollow organ made by organ puncture, rupture or injury during a colonoscopy, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, colostomy to the bladder or bowel
  • Bypassing the wrong artery or the good artery
  • Wrong site surgeries such as amputating the wrong leg, removing the wrong breast, or operating on the good eye are just a few examples.
  • Too much anesthetic, not enough anesthetic, the wrong anesthetic
  • Using unsanitary surgical instruments
  • Leaving surgical instruments, sponges, and gauze in the body after the operation is over
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Infection causing septicemia or blood poisoning
  • Brain injury bleeds from heparin, aspirin, Plavix
  • Nerve damage or spinal fluid leak during spinal fusion surgery
  • Delayed surgery
  • Prolonged surgery
  • The most common types of surgical errors are during childbirth, gastric bypass, heart and lung surgery, nose jobs, and laparoscopic intestinal surgery.

The above is by far not a complete list but perhaps the most common examples of surgical errors for which surgical malpractice lawsuits are filed.

Compensation in a surgical malpractice case is subject to the extent of damages sustained by a patient. Other factors include the statute of limitation laws, the strength of the case, the testimony of experts, and the knowledge, experience, and presentation of the litigators.