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Knee replacement surgeries have one of the highest rates of post surgery infections among all surgical procedures, especially if a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket device was used during the procedure.

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Are you looking for a lawyer who is familiar with knee replacement surgery infection lawsuits? If you or a family member suffered a severe infection after an arthroplastic surgery, unfortunately you are one of thousands of people who are dealing with this very issue. Knee replacement surgery is also commonly called TKA (total knee arthroplasty). Surgical site infections after a knee replacement surgery are by no means uncommon and many people have to go through multiple surgeries to treat the infection. TKA infections are extremely serious, very painful and incredibly difficult ordeals to have to go through. Those people who are caring for the patient also go through a devastating time as well. Additional surgeries, hospitalization, an extended amount of time being on antibiotics and intense rehab, not to mention to financial burden it can put on a family can cause extreme hardship.

How to Find the Right Knee Infection Lawyer

Choosing a hospital malpractice lawyer is often a difficult decision but an incredibly important one. You need a knee replacement attorney who is familiar with this particular matter. Most attorneys do not have the level of experience needed to handle your knee arthroplasty lawsuit. No matter what part of the country you are in, we can help match you up with the very surgical infection lawyers in the country.

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Knee Surgery Infection Rates & Statistics

Each year in the U.S. there are over 600,000 total knee arthroplasty procedures performed. TKA infection rates continue to be between 0.4% and 2% after primary arthroplasty and between 3.2% and 5.6% after revision arthroplasty. While those percentages seem small, this means that thousands of people each year suffer infections from knee replacement procedures. These infections can lead to serious complications including multiple revision surgeries, loss of limbs (amputations of the leg) and even death. Recent research has predicted by the year 2030, there will be an increase in these hip replacement surgeries of 673%. Using an estimate of 2% of procedures that lead to an infection, this means that the number of annual hip surgery infections could be over 80,000 per year!

Financial Implications of Knee Surgery Infections

There is also a significant impact financially when treating knee replacement surgery infections. The average cost of treating TKA infections has been estimated at $50,000 per patient and $250 million dollars per year nationwide! When a hospital or doctor is negligent, you should not have to bear the cost when it is not your fault. A knee surgery infection lawyer can help to not only make sure you don’t have to pay these costs but also be paid compensation for the pain and suffering involved.

Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Infections and Knee Replacement Surgery Infections

One of the more common ways people are acquiring infections during a knee replacement surgery is from the use of the Bair Hugger warming blankets. The warming blankets devices, which are created to prevent hypothermia during surgery, can blow air on to the surgical room floor, causing contaminated air to become airborne. In the event of those undergoing a knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery, the airborne germs can enter the incision at the knee and can cause a severe infection. It only takes a single germ to cause an infection. Below is an image explaining the issue with these devices.

Warming Blanket Infection Explained

Arthroplastic surgeries (those surgeries involving the hip and knee) can often lead to serious infections so while it is the hospitals and surgeons responsibility to do everything they can to prevent SSI, that doesn’t always happen.

Hospitals Where Your Knee Replacement Infection Took Place

It doesn’t matter which hospital you had your knee replacement surgery at, you still have a potential claim no mater where city and state you had your surgery performed. Below are some of the largest hospitals where you may have had knee arthroplasty performed.

1. New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York City)
2. Florida Hospital Orlando
3. Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami)
4. Methodist Hospital (San Antonio)
5. UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh)
6. Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital
7. Orlando (Fla.) Regional Medical Center
8. Montefiore Hospital-Moses Campus (Bronx, N.Y.)
9. Baptist Medical Center (San Antonio)
10. Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)
11. Methodist University Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.)
12. Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis)
13. Norton Hospital (Louisville, Ky.)
14. The Cleveland Clinic
15. The Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City)
16. Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital (Houston)
17. Buffalo (N.Y.) General Hospital
18. UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala.)
19. North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, N.Y.)
20. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (Mich.)
21. Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.)
22. Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, Fla.)
23. Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (New York City)
24. Saint Joseph’s Hospital (Tampa, Fla.)
25. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
26. Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
27. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus)
27. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
28. Vanderbilt University Hospital (Nashville, Tenn.)
29. Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital
30. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia)
31. Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.)
32. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor)
33. Mercy Hospital St. Louis
34. Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
35. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro, N.C.)
36. Aurora Saint Luke’s Medical Center (Milwaukee)
37. Bellevue Hospital Center (New York City)
38. Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (New York City)
39. Houston Methodist Hospital
40. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)
40. Jewish Hospital (Louisville, Ky.)
41. Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
42. Charlton Memorial Hospital (Fall River, Mass.)
43. Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s (Rochester, Minn.)
44. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston)
44. UF Health Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville)
45. Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego)
46. Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital
46. Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.)
47. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
48. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest (Allentown, Pa.)
49. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (Fla.)
49. Hartford (Conn.) Hospital
50. Vidant Medical Center (Greenville, N.C.)
51. Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center
52. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
53. Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center
54. Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
55. Lee Memorial Hospital (Fort Meyers, Fla.)
56. Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center General Hospital
57. Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio)
57. Parkland Hospital (Dallas)
58. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis (Tenn.)
59. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
60. Edinburg (Texas) Regional Medical Center
61. Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital
62. Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.)
63. Saint Francis Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.)
64. Presbyterian Hospital (Albuquerque, N.M.)
65. University of North Carolina Hospitals (Chapel Hill)
66. Community Regional Medical Center (Fresno, Calif.)
67. CJW Medical Center-Chippenham Campus (Richmond, Va.)
68. North Shore Medical Center (Miami)
68. Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.)
69. Saint Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
70. CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Texas)-Memorial
71. Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)
72. Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit)
73. Medstar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center
74. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
75. Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
76. Sutter Memorial Hospital (Sacramento, Calif.)
77. Saint John’s Medical Center (Jackson, Wyoming)
78. Ochsner Medical Center-New Orleans
78. Via Christi Hospital on Saint Francis (Witchita, Ka.)
79. Ben Taub General Hospital (Houston)
80. Willis-Knighton Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
81. Carilion Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital
81. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (Baton Rouge, La.)
82. Saint John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit)
83. Henrico Doctor’s Hospital (Richmond, Va.)
83. VCU Medical Center (Richmond, Va.)
84. Mission Hospitals-Memorial Campus (Asheville, N.C.)
85. New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington, N.C.)0
86. Medical University of South Carolina-University Hospital (Charleston)
87. University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital (Lexington)
88. NCH Downtown Naples (Fla.) Hospital
89. Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.)
90. Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
90. University Hospital of Brooklyn (N.Y.)
91. Mount Carmel West (Columbus, Ohio)
91. Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)
92. ProMedica Toledo (Ohio) Hospital
93. Rhode Island Hospital (Providence)
94. Cox North (Springfield, Mo.)
95. Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock (Ark.)
96. CHI Saint Luke’s Health-Baylor Saint Luke’s Medical Center (Houston)
96. The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (West Reading, Pa.)
96. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City)
97. Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center
97. Saint Anthony’s Medical Center (St. Louis) –
98. Oklahoma University Medical Center (Oklahoma City)
99. Mobile (Ala.) Infirmary Medical Center
100. University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore)

Infections that occur can be devastating for the patient and those caring for the patient. Fighting the infection requires a lot, and can include one or more of the following:

  • A second operation to remove the knee implant hardware and insert a spacer device loaded with antibiotics
  • Prolonged systematic antibiotic therapy (and all the side effects of the antibiotics)
  • A high level of pain
  • Impaired mobility
  • Reliance on a wheelchair, walker or both
  • A third operation four to six weeks after completion of antibiotics for re-implantation of the joint, followed by more physical therapy treatment
  • High amount of medical bills
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Missed time from work
  • Lost wages
  • A heavy reliance on family members and caregivers

Knee Replacement Surgery Infection Lawyer

A knee replacement lawyer can help you recover financial recovery for you and your family so it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer from i-lawsuit.com today.