Common Hip or Knee Implant Surgeries May Lead to Dangerous Infections

Gabriel A. Assaad
Partner Gabriel Assaad represents victims of negligence and medical malpractice nationwide.

While at one time hip or knee joint replacement surgeries were considered high-tech, today they are a common operation occurring in hospitals all across the country. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees every year. Surgeons often use forced air warming devices, such as the 3M Bair Hugger, to keep patients warm during these surgeries. Sadly, hospitalization for treatment as a result of an infection following hip or knee surgery is also quite common. Our attorneys are currently filing lawsuits on behalf of patients who developed deep joint infections caused by exposure to contaminated air circulated by the Bair Hugger device during surgery. Patients who had a hip or knee implant replacement requiring hospitalization because of an infection in the last five years may be entitled to compensation for their suffering, expenses, and losses. It is important for these patients to understand their legal rights.

Infections, Symptoms, and Treatments After Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries

How do infections develop after a total hip or knee implant? The human body is continuously fighting bacteria and the immune system usually kills most harmful bacteria. However, when bacteria make their way to a joint replacement implant, an implant recipient’s immune system is not always able to kill the bacteria. This can lead to a dangerous infection. Sometimes antibiotics are simply not enough, and joint replacement recipients may face further surgeries to fight the infection. These infections and subsequent surgeries may even occur months or years after the initial implant surgery.

In order to have the best possible chance for recovery, hip or knee implant patients must watch carefully for any of the following symptoms:

  1. Increased pain or stiffness
  2. Swelling
  3. Warmth and redness around the surgical wound
  4. Wound drainage
  5. Fevers, chills, or night sweats
  6. Fatigue

If you or a loved one exhibit any of these symptoms following surgery, it is crucial to see a medical professional quickly in order to obtain treatment. Some of the treatments that you may face include the following:

  1. Hospitalization for the infection
  2. Surgical treatment of the infection
  3. Administration of IV antibiotics
  4. Removal of the implant device

The sad reality is that infections can be avoided in hip and knee implant surgeries in many cases. If you or a loved one required hospitalization for treatment as a result of an infection in the last five years, we are here to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve, just as we have helped many other clients suffering injuries. We encourage you to learn more by reviewing some of our many case results today. When you are ready to proceed, we can assist you in exploring all of your legal options. This may include pursuing a lawsuit against a surgical device manufacturer involved in your surgery that ultimately contributed to your surgical-site infection.