If you or someone you love underwent a hip or knee replacement and suffered a serious joint infection, it may have been caused by hospital acquired bacteria spread by the patient Bair Hugger forced-air warming system used during your operation.
Hip & knee surgery infection claims allege the device may have contaminated your surgery by spreading germs and recirculating them to infect your wound and implant. Share what complications you suffered with our Bair Hugger lawsuit attorneys who will:
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The 3M subsidiary made the Bair Hugger blanket like device used in the operating room to keep patients warm during surgical procedures. The device is popular with both Doctors and patients because it provides warmth to a localized area to maintain desired temperatures without requiring the entire room to be kept at uncomfortable temperatures. It has been commonly used during hip & knee replacement surgery, total knee replacements, and arthroplasty operations by orthopaedic surgeons.
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Pending litigation filed in Harris County Court (Walton vs 3M Arizant) has raised concerns that the device may be causing an increased risk for infections in patients. The Bair Hugger lawyer complaint alleges the device in recirculating the air in the operating room, is picking up germs and bacteria under the operating table which when heated rise and contaminate implant devices.
Once contaminated, deep joint infections can occur around and in the artificial implant, a complication which can develop weeks to even years after the operation is completed. According to Dr. Brause, MD Physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the normal rates for people to develop an infection post-operatively for joint replacement patients is less than 1% (HSS).
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a study which found air circulated by the 3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air system contained more than 2,000 contaminants when compared to similar warming devices (Bone & Joint Journal).
The Bair Hugger warming system complaint alleges the device is needlessly increasing the risk for patients to develop a catastrophic periprosthetic joint infection. If you suffered a surgical infection following your joint replacement surgery, you may be able to file a defective medical device lawsuit over the complications you suffered as a result.
If bacteria is allowed to contaminate the implant or enter the wound at the time of surgery, infection may quickly, with symptoms showing within weeks or years after the procedure. The following are signs of an infected joint:
Increased Pain, Stiffness, Swelling – A gradual onset of increased pain in the affected area without other obvious signs is not uncommon for patients who develop late onset infections. If infections sets in immediately following the replacement surgery, patients report drainage, redness and seeping from the still healing wound in addition.
Fatigue, Chills, Fever, Night Sweats
A deep infection can lead to patients suffering permanently disabling injuries, amputation, and require multiple revision surgeries for ex-plant of the contaminated joint and treatment for complications.
After developing an infection following surgery, patients can potentially face numerous revision surgeries, and possible removal of the infected implant being required. In some cases amputation of the limb is necessary, and serious infections can result in the death of the patient.Review My Case Now
A civil lawsuit against the 3M subsidiary filed by Tommy Walton over a hip replacement infected requiring 15 surgeries to remove the artificial joint implanted and treat the infected area is unique in that it is the first to name the device as allegedly the cause of the infections.
The Bair Hugger lawsuit complaint seeks over $1 million in damages for the plaintiff's injuries caused by the deep infection during his prosthetic right hip procedure and names the patient warming system as the directly causing the introduction of contaminants during surgery.
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges the defendants were aware of the increased risk for deeper infections as early as 2009 and failed to inform the Houston Orthopedic Surgical Hospital or the plaintiff of the risks during implantation.
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You need only share the details of your case and you will be connected with a skilled product liability attorney to answer your questions regarding the ongoing investigation of the Bair Hugger forced-air warming system and it's possible role in causing your surgical infection.
Learn what legal options may be available to you now. If you developed a periprosthetic joint infection following your surgery, you may be entitled to significant compensation. You are under no obligation to file a lawsuit to speak with a Bair Hugger lawyer. You will get the answers to your questions, and your legal consultation costs you nothing.
The initial legal review is free, and you do not have to proceed if you do not wish to. If your case qualifies, you may be entitled to settlement money in compensation for suffering endured by you and your family.
Additionally, if you qualify, there are no up front costs, if you don't win recovery, you don't pay, period.
To see if we can help you or your loved ones, simply share the details of your hip or knee surgery infection for a free no-obligation legal review today. Get the options the law provides, get the answers you deserve.