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Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common. The success rate is usually very good but unfortunately Hodge Jones Allen do have experience of complications that can arise.

Knee replacement surgery is performed usually due to painful arthritis. It is not undertaken lightly or in young patients. The prosthetic knee has a finite life and will need replacing in 10 years after the primary surgrey.

Consequently, often knee surgeons will want to put off this operation for as long as possible. The surgery is often performed on older patients who are leading active lives.

Surgical procedure

Knee surgery involves removing bone and cartilage from the patient’s knee and replacing those organic components with man made components.


Complications of knee replacement surgery can include:

  • Nerve damage – the nerves above and below the knee are vulnerable to injury at the time of knee replacement surgery. The peroneal nerve can be especially vulnerable. An injury to this nerve can cause permanent pain and loss of mobility. With appropriate skill and care this type of injury is usually avoided.
  • Vein or artery injury – injury to an artery – if not recognised can have devastating consequences.
  • Component error – other complications we have seen relate to using the wrong component.
  • Infection – this may be due to bad luck rather than negligence.
  • Pain – pain or Complex Regional Pain syndrome can develop after surgery. This can occur for a number of reasons. Severe pain on its own does not mean that a negligent injury has occurred during the surgery. This can occur as a non-negligent complication.

Case study

Our solicitors acted for a 77 year old lady who underwent knee replacement surgery at a London hospital. Tragically, her surgeon cut through her popliteal artery during the procedure and failed to recognise this error. The patient’s condition went undiagnosed for many days. Eventually, a Doppler scan revealed the error. The NHS Trust quickly admitted liability and the claimant was awarded £475,000 in compensation.

Knee replacement surgery claims with Hodge Jones Allen

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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