Knee replacement surgery is quite commonplace. It is usually performed as a way to resolve knee problems and is usually considered a relatively safe surgical procedure. Sometimes, however, something can go wrong. A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging medical malpractice after knee surgery aftercare went wrong. The woman underwent knee replacement surgery, but the aftercare apparently was negligent. The lawsuit states that following the operation the woman fell which injured her surgical wound requiring additional surgery. According to the suit, the woman was not provided with proper aftercare including assistance in standing and walking, and adequate orthopedic devices.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is a procedure where an artificial device replaces the knee joint to allow for better, pain-free movement. Many people over age 40 undergo this type of surgery. As people age they lose some of the cartilage in their knees. Participation in sports and activities such as jogging can cause this to occur more quickly. Also, illnesses such as arthritis may contribute to pain and movement restriction. Replacement surgery provides immediate relief to the damaged joint. Once healed, knee pain is gone and the knee functions as it should.
This lawsuit points to an ongoing problem with medical care. Hospital stays are becoming shorter and recuperation is often required outside of a medical facility. After knee replacement surgery the patient begins by standing and moving the joint with assistance. Then, the patient requires maximum help at first, sometimes with the use of parallel bars. Devices are necessary to assist in standing and walking and these may include a walker, crutches, or a cane. These must be utilized until the knee can handle the full body weight. In this case, the complaint states that the woman did not receive the proper care after surgery and this led to a serious fall.
Medical malpractice does not just include a surgical procedure itself. It also consists of the care that is provided after a medical surgery is complete. The doctors and other medical staff must give patients the proper care and instructions for home care once the patient is released. Care does not stop once the patient leaves the facility. Many times the patient will require rehabilitation and physical therapy at home or at a medical center. This aftercare is essential to successful healing and can take some time. It is important to note that not all patients heal at the same rate. Some will take just weeks to heal while for others it may take months.
When Medical Malpractice Occurs
Doctors, physical therapists, and other professionals are required to provide a high level of care. We trust that they will ensure our well-being. When this does not happen, it may be due to negligence on the part of the doctors. If the negligence does not result in a serious injury, then it likely does not meet the threshold for malpractice. However, when harm does happen it can cause pain, suffering, and the need for additional medical care along with the expenses that go along with it. These damages may be recovered in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered physical harm because of the negligent acts of a doctor or medical professional, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.
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