Fractured left hip, treated by a dynamic hip screw (DHS), with no discussion of alternative surgical options, their relative risks or benefits.
Post-surgery, with prolonged and severe pain, discomfort and compromised function, there was a failure to consider the need to revise or to offer the option of hip replacement.
The Claimant was reviewed and X-rayed at six monthly intervals. She was eventually discharged, in spite of continuing pain and compromised functional outcome.
The allegations were all disputed; in particular, the alleged failure to consider and to undertake revision surgery. It was ultimately established that post-surgery avascular necrosis (AVN/Osteoarthritis) had onset and that this was evident on a number of the earlier X-rays/scans, warranting arthroplasty/FHR. The case settled out of court.