No one wants to have any part of their body replaced. Sometimes, our bodies break down with age, and a joint replacement becomes inevitable. Knee replacement surgeries are among the most common. But did you know they can also lead to knee replacement infection lawsuits?
A knee replacement surgery is also a total knee arthroplasty (TKA). It’s a scary truth that knee replacement surgical sites are a common place for infections. If an infection is found here, patients will often have to undergo many extra surgeries to treat it.
Knee replacement infections can be very serious and very painful. They are a difficult experience for a patient to endure. There are more surgeries, extended time in the hospital, and countless medications and rehab. The suffering can seem endless. And the financial burden on family members and loved ones is also difficult.
If you’re considering filing a knee replacement infection lawsuit, you likely have a lot of unanswered questions. Keep reading to learn about why these infections occur, and what you can do if this happens to you.
What Causes These Knee Infections?
The cause of knee replacement infections is often bacteria entering the surgical site. Once contaminated, deep joint infections can occur around and in the artificial implant. This can take anywhere from weeks up to years to develop after the operation.
About 14,000 people suffer infections following a knee replacement procedure each year. This is according to an article by Consumer Reports. This ends up being about 1% of those who are under the surgery. While knee replacement infections are rare, they are very difficult to treat. So, knee replacement infection lawsuits may be more common than you think.
The Bair Hugger Device
With a Bair Hugger Warming device, knee replacement surgeries have one of the highest rates of infections. The Bair Hugger device is a product by 3M. It helps patients regulate their body temperature during knee replacement surgeries. The risk of airborne bacteria increases by as much as 1,000 times with this device. This is when compared to traditional warming techniques, according to one study by Bone & Joint Journal. The number of knee replacement infection lawsuits has increased since the publishing of this study in 2013.
How Does It Work?
The Bair Hugger device is a forced-air warming system. It disturbs bacteria and contaminants on the floor and other areas of the operating room. The contaminated air then rises. The device sucks it in, heats it, and uses it to warm the patient on the table. As a result, the Bair Hugger device forces bacteria onto open surgical sites.
One Knee Replacement Infection Lawsuit: A Shocking True Story
A patient named Tommy Walton filed a civil knee replacement infection lawsuit against 3M because of the Bair Hugger device. After his replacement got infected, he underwent 15 more surgeries to remove the artificial joint and treat the infection.
This lawsuit has raised many red flags surrounding the Bair Hugger device and its failures. it may be causing an increased risk for infections in patients. The legal complaint says that the device is picking up germs and bacteria under the operating table. Heated rises and contaminates implant devices.
Walton’s knee replacement infection lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages. His injuries were caused by an infection during his right knee replacement procedure. It claims that the patient warming system is the direct cause of the infection.
In addition, his lawsuit claims that the defendants were aware of the increased risk for deeper infections back in 2009. It alleges that they failed to inform the hospital or the patient of the risks associated with the surgery.
Symptoms Of Knee Replacement Infections
If bacteria is introduced to the implant or surgical site, an infection may occur quickly or slowly. The following are signs of an infected knee joint:
- Increased pain, stiffness, and swelling in the knee joint
- Warmth and redness around the surgical site
- Drainage from the surgical site
- Chills and fever
- Night Sweats
Deep infection can lead to patients suffering permanent debilitating injuries. This can include limb amputation, numerous revision surgeries, and even death.
Find Your Knee Replacement Infection Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love has suffered from a knee replacement infection, it’s time to learn what legal options are available. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Hampton & King have more than 40 years of experience. They have the expertise you need to get the most financial compensation for your case. Give them a call to discuss your knee replacement infection case today.
Set up a free legal consultation, and get all of your knee replacement infection lawsuit questions answered. If your case qualifies, you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering endured by you and your loved ones.