World Renowned Opera Singer Takes Legal Action After ‘Negligent’ Hip Replacement Ended His Career
Posted on: 4th February 2019
A world renowned opera singer whose career was ended when he had a ‘negligent’ hip replacement is taking legal action against the surgeon who operated on him.
David Rendall, 70, was forced to have a hip replacement after a set collapsed on him when he performed on stage in Copenhagen.
But he was left in ‘excruciating pain’ after the operation which ultimately ended his career.
David, from Cadnam, Hants, is one of ten former patients taking legal action against surgeon Jeremy Latham after he used parts that were ‘incompatible together’.
In court papers Mr Latham is accused of mixing and matching parts and using a ‘stem and head that were incompatible and hadn’t been approved for use together’.
The case comes after it was revealed that more than a million people around the world had been harmed my medical devices they assumed were safe.
David said: “Mr Latham played God by mixing and matching parts which he shouldn’t have done and it finished the career that I loved. I have no time for the man as he has ruined my life.”
David had his first operation with Mr Latham in 2005 at the Wessex Nuffield, in Chandlers Ford, Hants, and was initially able to go back to work.
He said: “The operation seemed to be a success and I went back to performing. But when I was practicing for an opera in Rome I was getting a lot of pain in my hip and I thought it was going to dislocate. This led to me falling over when I was on stage. I went to see Latham but he said nothing was wrong, but when I went to Santiago for another opera I had another fall. There were things that I was struggling to do like getting down on one knee. This was really important for the parts I was playing. It was then that the work started to dry up as people were saying I couldn’t do it anymore.
“It was awful to have something that you love and are passionate about taken away from you. It was absolutely devastating and took my life away. It didn’t just affect me, but affected my whole family. I couldn’t pay the bills or continue the kids’ education without borrowing money.”
David saw Mr Latham after the surgery and complained that he was in pain, but the surgeon insisted everything was okay.
In 2010 the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority issued a medical advice alert in relation to all metal on metal hip replacements. In September David was told that he needed corrective surgery as he had ‘had an abnormal reaction to metal due to corrosion between the head and the stem’. A revision was carried out later that year
David underwent a third operation in 2013 with a different surgeon where five pseudotumours – masses of issue that built up because of the metal on metal hip joint – were removed. He had a ceramic hip joint put in and, although the operation was a success, David has poor mobility because of the damage caused by the previous hip operations.
David is taking legal action for lack of informed consent and negligence in respect of the use of mix and match parts.
James Bell, Medical Negligence Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, which is representing David and others in metal on metal hip claims said: “Mr Rendall was left in constant pain and had his hugely successful career ended because his hip replacement left him unable to perform.
“This deeply affected him and resulted in financial difficulties. Our case is that it should have been obvious to Mr Latham that the two parts he used for hip replacements would not match and that they were not designed to be used together.”