Man Faces Complications from Total Hip Arthroplasty

Cody Porcoro

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— Updated on January 10, 2022

A sixty year-old underwent a total hip arthroplasty only to discover that he was in far too much pain to begin his physical therapy routine after the surgery. His pain was severe enough to be highly unusual, and his doctors determined that his right thigh had begun to swell moderately and that he was experiencing foot drop, a gait abnormality assumed to stem from peroneal nerve palsy. After a blood transfusion to remedy the patient’s condition, his thigh only continued to increase, and was accompanied by bruising to his lower back, right hip, and lower right thigh from low hemoglobin levels. Less than a week after his initial surgery, the patient had to be rushed back to the hospital to extract a large hematoma from the hip replacement site. An orthopedic surgeon was asked to comment on the case after the patient sued his surgeon for malpractice.

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  • 1. How often do you perform hip arthroplasty procedures?
  • 2. Have you ever lectured or published on the subject matter of this case?

Expert Witness Response E-007984

I perform around 150 total hip arthroplasty procedures a year. I have several publications on hip replacements, and I have given several lectures on that topic as well as conducted multiple case reviews similar to this one.

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