You may be going through surgery for a hip implant and worry about issues that may follow. While the risk of a medical problem after a hip implant is rare, it’s not impossible. Some people frequently experience soreness, swelling or pain after their surgery.
However, if there were difficulties or negligence from a medical professional during your hip implant surgery, then you could face serious medical problems. As a result of medical malpractice, victims may suffer from lifelong injuries, which complicate how they live and work. Here’s what could happen to you.
#1. You can suffer from nerve damage
Despite how delicate the hand of a surgeon should be, there may be a mistake where they cut through tissue, damaging your nerves. As a result of the damage to your nerves, you could lose feeling in your hip or leg. This could cause you to lose strength in the muscles around the damaged tissue.
#2. You’re at risk of infection
Surgery is a delicate process and takes a lot of time to heal. During the healing process, the location that was surgically performed needs constant care and cleaning. When the proper cleaning isn’t done on an incision, then there’s a chance the patient could develop an infection.
An infection after surgery could also be caused by the negligence of a medical professional. In some cases, a medical professional may neglect their hygiene, which could be the cause of an infection. In some cases, there have been surgical tools that weren’t properly cleaned leading to an infection.
#3. There may be anesthesia complications
When you undergo your surgery, you’ll likely be put under anesthesia to ease the surgery process. Anesthesia has a chance to cause blood clots in a patient, which can also lead to a stroke or heart failure. The risk of blood clots may even rise after the patient takes medication after their surgery.
#4. Your prosthetic may loosen
A hip implant surgery was supposed to help you physically. The implant should fit snugly in the body and eventually heal with the bone. However, it can be disheartening to know that an implant may be improperly embedded and can lead to a patient needing additional surgery.
If you recently had a hip implant surgery and find you’re having medical complications, then you may be a victim of medical malpractice. You may need to know your legal right to seek compensation if you believe you’re a victim of medical malpractice.