Negligent Hip Replacement Surgery Allegedly Causes Implant To Fail

Wendy Ketner, M.D.

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— Updated on February 28, 2019

Orthopedic Surgery Expert

This case involves an 80-year-old male patient who underwent a hip replacement revision for his left hip. He required a revision due to infection in his first implant. Because of the infection, the patient required a second implant as well as a femur implant. The patient was transferred to a rehabilitation facility for physical therapy. Approximately 3 weeks into physical therapy, the patient was being lifted in a Hoyer lift when he felt a sudden severe pain. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that his hip replacement had dislocated and he required emergency surgery. The patient suffered numerous complications as a result of the third surgery. An expert orthopedic surgeon was sought to speak to causation and damages.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. How often do you perform hip replacements?
  • 2. What would be some indications that the implant for a patient with a hip replacement was not properly placed at the initial surgery, leading the hip to be more prone to dislocation?
  • 3. What would be some indications that a patient with a hip replacement was improperly lifted at physical therapy, leading to hip dislocation?

Expert Witness Response E-369755

I am an orthopedic surgeon with 20+ years of experience in the field of orthopedic surgery. I specialize in total hip replacements and knee arthroplasty, and I perform approximately 300 hip replacements per year. Some indications that the implant for a patient with a hip replacement was not properly placed at the initial surgery, leading the hip to be more prone to dislocation, include the following: the femoral component excessively anteverted or retroverted, the femoral stem not axial aligned down the femur or not in the canal.

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