Infected Prosthetic JointIs my replaced joint infected?
Knee replacements, hip replacements and shoulder replacements are relatively common surgeries. Infections are a known risk of any surgical procedure. Surgeries involving the insertion of a prosthetic implant increase the risk of infection. Implants do not contain blood vessels and accordingly are not as effectively protected by the bodies’ immune system. A smaller amount of bacteria is sufficient to cause an infection at or near the site of an artificial knee, hip or shoulder.
A surgeon has a duty to assess the vulnerability of a patient to infection. Patients with diabetes, prior surgeries at the same site, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, compromised immune system, poor nutritional status and advanced age are at a higher risk for infection.
The joint replacement infection lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to evaluate whether a failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-surgical infection caused a serious permanent injury.