Knee Surgery Errors
Undergoing knee surgery can be a very worrying experience, and the thought of something going wrong can make it all the more stressful. While most surgical procedures go to plan, it is not unknown for mistakes to be made. If this has happened to you, we can provide all of the assistance you need to make a successful knee surgery claim.
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Read About Knee Surgery Errors Claims We've Dealt With
Case study: intense pain following negligent knee replacement - £18,000
David, 65, was left in severe pain and unable to walk after knee surgery that was carried out to a poor standard. David had to undergo revision surgery due to the significant problems he faced following the operation.
David had a successful replacement on his left knee so when he discovered that his right knee also needed replacing; he decided to go ahead with the operation without hesitation.
He was booked in for the surgery and immediately afterwards his recovery went as normal. David was on crutches for a few weeks as he recovered from the surgery and then began a course of physiotherapy. However days after starting physiotherapy, David began to experience intense pain so severe that he could not put any weight on it. In the following weeks the pain worsened and David could not sleep for the pain and could barely walk.
David felt something was badly wrong and contacted the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence for advice. His case was taken on by one of the specialist medical negligence lawyers, who investigated his treatment and found several areas of concern regarding the standard of the surgery. A case was made to the hospital trust responsible which agreed to pay David £18,000 in compensation for the suffering he had endured.
Case study: negligent tendon graft operation - £150,000
Twenty-year-old Tony injured his right knee quite badly during a rugby match and attended A&E where an X-ray was taken. No fracture or dislocation was seen so the casualty officer diagnosed a soft tissue injury and sent him on his way.
Tony was unhappy with the diagnosis so returned to A&E for a more senior review. This time a diagnosis of rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was made. This is a very common twisting sports injury.
Negligent tendon graft
Tony was referred to an orthopaedic consultant who claimed to be an expert in ACL repair and the operation went ahead using a tendon graft. He was followed up for the next six months but was unhappy with the result as it “did not feel right” and was not as stable as it should have been. However, the surgeon appeared to be reasonably happy with the result and discharged him to the physiotherapist.
A second opinion discovers negligence
Tony struggled on with his unstable knee and restricted activity for the next 18 months and then, as nothing was improving, he sought a second opinion. The second consultant examined the knee and declared the graft to be “essentially non functioning” as it had been incorrectly positioned. A second operation was then carried out and the original graft removed and replaced by another one of a different type, this time in the correct position.
The knee did improve somewhat after this operation but it will never be back to normal and it is unlikely that Tony will ever regain his previous level of physical activity.
After seeking advice from Hospital Negligence Tony was eventually awarded £150,000 in compensation.
Case Study: poorly performed knee surgery leads to problems & further operation - £48,000
After injuring his knee during a football match, Dominic expected the surgery he underwent to fix the twisted joint. However he suffered ongoing pain and swelling, resulting in further surgery to correct it. The Hospital Negligence service took on Dominic’s case and he was awarded £48,000 in compensation for his suffering, the time he had off work and the negative impact on his life.
After being taken to hospital for initial assessment, Dominic was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. A rupture to the anterior cruciate ligament was diagnosed after an MRI scan was carried out. Dominic was advised that a reconstruction operation might be needed. After careful consideration he decided to go ahead and was put on the waiting list.
Problems with joint
After the operation was carried out Dominic was referred for physiotherapy to help with his rehabilitation. Dominic found that he struggled with the sessions and was unable to move the leg and joint as he should have been able to.
A few weeks later the knee was still very sore. However after seeing the surgeon who had performed the operation no further action was taken and it was decided the knee would be reviewed in another few weeks to see how it was getting on.
Three weeks before the review appointment Dominic attended A&E as he was struggling badly with the pain in the joint. X-Rays were taken and a follow-up appointment with a consultant was made for a few days later.
By the time Dominic saw the consultant he was in excruciating pain. He was told it could be due to scar tissue and that there was no surgical solution. Dominic was again sent away with instructions to massage the knee and not to worry as the pain would settle eventually.
Time off work
Dominic saw no improvement to the pain and it was affecting him to such an extent that he needed to take time off work in the hope that by resting it he would see some improvement. In the end Dominic was so frustrated with the pain and lack of progress he asked for a second opinion at another hospital.
Dominic was dismayed to learn from the orthopaedic surgeon who reviewed his knee that there were several problems with the graft that had been carried out on the joint. The surgeon advised that the graft would need to be removed. This was carried out a few weeks later and immediately Dominic saw a huge improvement. Not only was Dominic’s pain reduced but he also found that he could use the knee much more freely.
Realising something had gone badly wrong with the original operation and suspecting that he had suffered for months unnecessarily, Dominic sought help from the medical negligence solicitors at Hospital Negligence. Dominic was later awarded £48,000 in compensation thanks to Hospital Negligence’s intervention.
Case study - disability following negligent knee surgery - £87,500
Karl, 58, had had arthritic pain and stiffness in his right knee for some years. As it was beginning to seriously restrict his mobility he was advised to have it replaced.
The negligent operation
The operation went ahead as planned (total knee replacement) and appeared to go well but since the surgery Karl has had persistent pain and discomfort in the knee and has been unable to return to his previous employment. His range of movement is restricted; he has problems with the stairs and is unable to perform many of his normal domestic and recreational activities.
A second opinion discovers negligence
When his knee was examined by a different surgeon it was realised that the operation had been undertaken negligently in that the part of the prosthesis that fits on the top of the shin bone had been positioned out of line by about 10 degrees. This should have been picked up during an early routine follow up, but was overlooked. This means Karl will have to undergo a second operation in an attempt to improve his knee function. Even after revision surgery Karl is likely to have reduced movement and will now require two additional revisions during his lifetime.
If the operation had been undertaken correctly Karl could have expected to be pain-free and fully mobile after nine months and be able to return to work as an engineer.
After Karl’s case was taken up by medical law experts at Hospital Negligence he was awarded £87,500 to help him to cope with his disability.
About Knee Surgery Errors
Botched knee surgery can result in many complications for the patient, some much more serious than others. All surgical procedures carry an element of risk and the same applies to operations involving the knee.
Given its position on the body, any damage to the knee can have very serious consequences, including extreme pain and in some instances can even result in amputation. Knee surgery also carries the additional risk of significant tissue damage.
Infection is one of the many dangers posed when knee surgery is undertaken. It can be caused when hospital staff pass an infection on to you, or you could already be carrying an infection that manifests itself following your treatment.
Symptoms to look out for that indicate post-operative knee infection include:
- Redness of the knee
- Fever and feeling hot and cold
- Inability to put weight on the knee
A knee replacement is nowadays a routine operation in which an artificial joint is used to replace a knee that has been damaged, worn or, in some instances, has become diseased. It is usually carried out to aid mobility and reduce pain. Unfortunately, there are times when the operation is not successful due to negligence on the part of the medical staff performing the surgery. In these instances, you may be able to make a knee replacement claim.
For example, you may be able to make a claim for knee replacement compensation if:
- There were defects with the product used
- The knee replacement was fitted incorrectly
- The replacement led to further issues, such as additional pain or discomfort
A knee replacement gone wrong can have serious consequences and if you have suffered because of poor medical practice, you should consult a specialist solicitor to find out more about what you need to do in order to access any compensation to which you are entitled.
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If you or someone you know has suffered because of negligent behaviour during knee surgery procedures, it is important you seek professional legal advice to help you receive the help and compensation to which you are entitled.