Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who developed infections after hip replacement surgery involving heater-cooler machines.
Hip Replacement Infections
Infections only occur in about 1% of hip replacements, but they are very serious because they develop deep inside the body. The most common treatment is a two-stage hip revision surgery involving removal of the original implant, debridement of soft tissues, and insertion of antibiotic spacers where tissues were removed.
A growing problem in hospitals is antibiotic-resistant infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This infection can easily spread to bones, joints, the blood, or nearby organs. Treatment involves oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics for several months. During that time, the patient has low mobility and a high risk of complications, including amputation and death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Hip Replacement Infection
- High fever
- Increasing pain or stiffness
- Warmth and redness around the hip
- Drainage from the wound
- Chills, and night sweats
Complications of a Hip Replacement Infection
- Amputation if the infection cannot be cured
- Debridement surgery to clean out the hip and remove infected tissues
- Hospitalization to receive IV antibiotics
- Multiple surgeries to remove and replace the artificial hip
- Permanent disability or death
Hip Replacement Infection Lawsuits
The physical, emotional, and financial impact of a hip replacement infection can be devastating. In addition to significant financial losses due to medical expenses and lost income, many victims are left permanently disabled by chronic pain or limited mobility.