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Hip substitute surgical procedure, whereby a broken hip joint is changed with a man-made one, is frequent within the UK, with nearly all of procedures being carried out on individuals between the ages of 60 and 80 years.

Most get well effectively following hip substitute however some go on to develop an an infection within the synthetic joint which may result in additional surgical procedure. This will have a devastating impression on sufferers, together with poor high quality of life with ache and immobility whereas they await additional remedy. There can also be severe long-term penalties from an infection, notably the place analysis is delayed or remedy of the an infection is insufficient. Such failings can probably result in the event of life-threatening situations together with sepsis.

Can I get compensation for surgical web site an infection?

Whether or not or not a authorized declare for medical negligence will be pursued in these circumstances relies upon upon numerous elements. It will have to be proven that the an infection was brought on by medical care that was beneath an affordable normal, or that there have been failings within the analysis and remedy that resulted in a worse end result.

Medical negligence instances regarding an infection will be complicated and troublesome to show. It’s because an infection is a identified attainable complication of any surgical procedure and doesn’t essentially imply that the surgeon or different medical professionals concerned have been negligent. Nonetheless, claims will be made in some circumstances the place failings will be evidenced. Examples embrace a hospital not having correct protocols for stopping or managing an infection, or any protocols or nationwide pointers not being adopted by treating employees. Protocols or pointers can cowl issues resembling preparation of the surgical web site and wound care strategies.

An infection could also be brought on by substandard care throughout surgical procedure but additionally by insufficient earlier than or aftercare. Steps ought to be taken to minimise the dangers of an infection, notably for the extra weak, together with these with diabetes or those that are immunocompromised. Steps would possibly embrace giving antibiotics as a preventative measure. The place correct an infection prevention steps weren’t taken, a authorized declare could also be attainable.  

Dangers and Consent

As soon as an an infection has been recognized following hip substitute surgical procedure, it’s vital that swift motion is taken. This can typically imply that the hip substitute must be eliminated, contaminated tissue lower away and a brand new synthetic joint inserted. Additional issues can come up if all the contaminated tissue will not be eliminated.

There is also a declare if a affected person was not instructed concerning the threat of an infection. Nonetheless, such claims are troublesome to show as a claimant has to point out not solely that they didn’t obtain sufficient warning but additionally that, had they finished so, they might not have proceeded with surgical procedure at the moment. Nonetheless, profitable claims are introduced for failures in relation to affected person consent and we are able to present specialist recommendation about these kinds of instances. We’ve got expertise of claimants who’ve required a Girdlestone process following negligent remedy and an infection.

How a lot compensation will I get?

The quantity of compensation that could be claimed in any medical negligence case regarding an infection after hip substitute will depend on many elements. They embrace the long-term impression, the monetary losses suffered, for instance from not having the ability to work, and the care and coverings required because of the an infection.

At Kingsley Napley we’re specialists in bringing claims for surgical infections particularly in relation to issues with hip replacements. We will advise you about all your choices and the potential compensation that could be claimed. There may be extra details about hip surgical procedure claims on our web site right here.

New Analysis

Historically, two sperate operations are wanted to take away an contaminated hip joint, lower away the contaminated tissue after which change it with a brand new one. Nonetheless, latest analysis has proven {that a} process whereby the method is finished inside one operation – a one stage hip revision – can result in improved outcomes with fewer issues and a faster restoration. Researchers have really useful the usage of one-stage surgical procedure wherever attainable.


In case you have any questions, please contact James Bell in our Medical Negligence and Private Harm workforce. 



James Bell is the pinnacle of our Medical Negligence and Private Harm follow and joined the agency in 2023 from Hodge, Jones & Allen. He has undertaken medical negligence instances for over 20 years.


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Hector Antonio Guzman German

Graduado de Doctor en medicina en la universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo en el año 2004. Luego emigró a la República Federal de Alemania, dónde se ha formado en medicina interna, cardiologia, Emergenciologia, medicina de buceo y cuidados intensivos.

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