The hip is a very complicated joint. It has a lot of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, veins, arteries, and other structures in and around it. While the shoulder is probably the most complicated joint in the human body, the hip is weight bearing—which the shoulder is not—and this adds an element of enhanced difficultly for the medical team. Even small mistakes can have large impact.
Thus, hip replacement surgeries are very complicated and difficult to perform. But with modern medicine, hip replacements have become second nature. Trained physicians can perform hundreds of these procedures every year, and medical teams can do these without much thought; it become routine and second nature. However, this does not mean that there are no mistakes.
There are many different common types of medical malpractice mistakes which can result in serious personal injuries when performing a hip replacement. One common type is a surgical error such as cutting the wrong structures such as nerves, veins, or arteries. This can be improperly making the initial incisions or other surgical maneuvers.
Another common type of medical malpractice in a hip replacement is improperly placing the components in the hip and femur. This can result in not having the alinement right and result in other injuries to other body parts due to compensating or pressure. This can also result in a leg shorter than the other, which also causes compensating injuries and very serious lifestyle injuries and pain for a victim.
Common with any type of surgery is improper sterilization. This can be no more true than in a hip replacement case where there are surgical implants because these implants get completely immersed in a person’s body. Any bacteria or improper sterilization can result in a massive and devastating infection which can become life-threatening.
Another problem with an improper hip replacement is damage to the remaining portions of the victim’s healthy hip. The entire pelvis is not replaced, but only a portion of it at the joint. When the hip replacement is done improperly, it can destroy the health pelvis and remaining bone. This can even cause bone infections and compromise the remaining healthy bone. The weakening of the remaining health bone can also make it more prone to fracturing, which can cause additional injuries in the future which can result in significant surgeries and future pain and suffering.
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