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Some Metal Hip Implants More Likely to Require Early Revision


Patients 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.

What is surgical malpractice?


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.

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.