Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice
Malpractice issues that fall under the scope of practice of an orthopedic surgeon include failure to diagnose fractures, improper or failure to stabilize or correctly treat fractures, and problems that arise during joint replacement surgeries, such as total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, and shoulder arthroplasty.
Patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery procedures are at high risk for developing post-operative complications during their immobilization period. Examples of these complications include a pulmonary embolism or a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Both are potentially life-threatening complications and are preventable by the use of medications such as heparin or Lovenox, anti-embolism stockings, ambulation as prescribed by the physician and tolerated by the patient. Continuous passive motion machines and sequential compression devices are also available for use in addition to medications in place of anti-embolism stockings. Pulmonary embolism and DVT are preventable and failure to use adequate preventive measures as described above is a breach of the standard of care. The caveat is that no method will prevent all DVT and pulmonary emboli.
The field of orthopaedic surgery involves surgical procedures on the joints, bones, and muscles. Patients with sports injuries, or injuries from an accident may be treated by orthopaedic surgeons, as are patients with some types of arthritis in the joints which may be surgically repaired.
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