Over 500 lawsuits have been filed by patients who blame the 3M Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket for causing infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery.
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Deep joint infections occur in about 1% of hip replacement surgeries and 0.7% of knee replacements. If they occur during the first three months, fixation of the implant is often jeopardized and the patient must undergo revision surgery.
What is the problem?
Artificial joints are designed with a rough, porous surface that helps encourage bone-growth and fixation of the implant. Unfortunately, these tiny crevices also provide good places for microbes to grow. Once an infection occurs, microbes form a “biofilm” on the surface of the implant that is very difficult to treat with antibiotics.
Symptoms of a Joint Infection
- Drainage from surgical incisions
- Warmth and redness around surgical site
- Swelling and inflammation
- Increasing pain
- Joint stiffness
- Weakness and fatigue
- And more
Treatment for a Joint Infection
Deep joint infections are very serious and treatment often involves hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics, surgeries, and a long recovery. In many cases, surgery is necessary to remove the infected prosthetic device, remove necrotic tissue, and insert antibiotic spacers.
Once the infection has cleared, another surgery is necessary to implant a new joint. Some patients may need bone grafts, depending on how much tissue or bone was destroyed by the infection. In some cases, infections do not respond well to treatment — especially if the patient has an antibiotic-resistant infection. This can lead to amputation of limbs, permanent disability, limited flexibility of the limb, or even death.
Bair Hugger Joint Infection Lawsuits
Dr. Scott Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket, went public in the New York Times in 2010 to warn that it can : “I am very proud of the old technology. But I am also proud to spread the word that there is a problem.”
Over 500 lawsuits have been filed by people who developed deep joint infections after hip or knee replacement surgery. One victim, Rosie Bartel, developed an antibiotic-resistant MRSA infection and had to have 27 surgeries, including amputation of her leg. Another lawsuit was filed by a 70 year-old man who developed a deep joint infection and had to have revision surgery on his hip, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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