Harriet, from London, was successfully represented by Pryers regarding a medical negligence claim after a knee replacement at her local hospital.
Harriet had a cemented right total knee replacement in September 2013 at her local hospital due to “tri-compartmental osteoarthritis with the medial side down to the bone”.
Harriet had ongoing problems with post-operative swelling, pain, stiffness and ultimately struggled to bear weight. She then went on to have her left knee replaced by the same surgeon in May 2014. The same components were used. Harriet made an excellent recovery from this surgery and she became aware that this felt completely different to the right knee, which continued to cause problems despite ongoing review.
Eventually, X-rays revealed polyethylene wear over the medial aspect of the knee. The joint was aspirated in February 2016 but there was no evidence of infection. Revision surgery was then suggested in March 2016. X-rays performed in June 2016 showed further deterioration in the appearances of the right knee replacement.
Another consultant Orthopaedic surgeon revised the right total knee replacement in June 2015 at the same hospital. Extensive metal staining was found inside the knee due to metal on metal contact in the medial side, where there was complete wear of the polyethylene bearing surface. The tibial component was loose and easily removed. Harriet recovered from her operation reasonably well.
Expert evidence was obtained by Pryers Solicitors from orthopaedic, and psychiatric consultants.
The trust eventually admitted liability, and it was confirmed that the bone had been cut incorrectly during surgery and that this was not identified or rectified during surgery and was not recognised until orthopaedic review in May 2014. Causatively, it was accepted that this resulted in varus mal-alignment causing excessive wear of the joint which required revision in June 2016.
Pryers made an offer of £30,000.00, which was accepted by NHS Resolution.