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Knee replacement revision

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Sometimes, a knee replacement at a New York hospital is necessary to have the mobility that you desire. However, some situations can lead to a botched surgery with the replacement needing additional surgery, commonly called a “revision.”


After knee replacement surgery, an infection can develop. This could be from the tools used during the procedure or from staying in the hospital. If you have documentation or can show that the infection was a result of being in the hospital, then you could file a medical malpractice claim. A failure could also occur if there are issues with the screws and other materials that were used in the surgery. Scar tissue can also build up and prevent the replacement from being as mobile as desired, which could lead to a revision.

Risk factors

Aside from equipment that fails, there are a few other reasons as to why a knee replacement could need to be revised. Your age is a factor as the older you get, the more arthritis that could develop, which can wear on the joint. You might not be as mobile when you’re older, which can result in the joint not getting the motion that it needs to continue working as it should. If the surgeon did not make you aware of risk factors, such as your weight or other present health issues, this could lead to a failure. If this happens, then you could make a report to receive compensation for the revision or the initial replacement.

A knee replacement can provide the life you desire as long as it is stable and you get the necessary activity to keep the joint mobile. As with any surgery, some issues could lead to a revision in order to get the best results for your health.