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Patient alleges surgery gone wrong led to hip replacement surgery

Advances and revolutionary technology may have reshaped the way that the medical world functions, but most of these updates and changes still take the steady hand and keen mind of a knowledgeable healthcare provider to keep everything on track. Even a seemingly minor human error can derail a procedure or technique and put New Jersey patients at risk. An apparent surgery gone wrong in another state may have been the result of a surgeon's error.

Unable to move properly, it was discovered that a woman was suffering from an excessively large bone on one of her hip joints. With her movement limited, she underwent a procedure to have some of that excess bone shaved off. Unfortunately, things apparently did not go as planned, and she later suffered a fracture in the joint.

However, that fracture -- which was believed to be the result of too much of the bone being shaved away -- was not immediately diagnosed. When she subsequently underwent physical therapy for not being able to put any weight at all on that leg, the problem was discovered. Ultimately, what should have been an otherwise relatively simple procedure ended with the victim having to have her hip replaced.

It is not uncommon for victims of a surgery gone wrong to continue to suffer long after their initial injury. Physical therapy, lingering pain and suffering and even subsequent -- and more serious surgeries -- are an unfortunate reality for New Jersey patients who have been injured by their healthcare providers. Those victims may choose to seek financial relief for these damages through a medical malpractice claim, which the victim of the bone shaving incident is also doing. If she is able to successfully navigate her claim to completion, she may be awarded legal recourse based on her physical, financial and emotional injuries.

Source:, "Patient alleges too much bone shaved off in corrective hip surgery", Kyle Barnett, Dec. 3, 2014

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