Any surgical procedure carries a certain risk of infection. This is most especially true in hip or knee replacement surgery when the risk of infection can lead to premature death. In the case of a double hip replacement patient, it meant not being able to walk for six months and having to undergo revision surgeries on both hips. The patient sued the surgeon claiming that the doctor should have recognized the signs of infection after the first hip replacement surgery and postponed the second hip replacement until the patient was clear of any infection. However, the surgeon went ahead and both replacements had to be removed and replaced. The medical malpractice lawsuit was settled prior to trial for $425,000.
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