Orthopedic surgery experts treat skeletal bone and soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) injuries. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments and surgery has become prevalent. ACL reconstruction surgery involves using a graft to replace the ligament. Tissue may be an autograft or an allograft from a deceased donor.
Complications of ACL surgery may include infection in the surgical incisions, damage to structures, nerves, or blood vessels around the knee, problems with the graft tendon, and blood clots in the leg. In the headlines, Whitney Jarvis has sued Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma, after a surgical sponge was left inside her knee during ACL repair surgery. This caused an infection resulting in follow-up surgeries. Unfortunately, repeat surgery is often more complicated and less successful than the initial surgery.
Orthopedic surgery expert witnesses are required for all facets of orthopedic malpractice litigation. They are experts in corrective procedures and trained to consult and testify on complications following surgery which may include bleeding, infection, blood clots, nerve damage, or re-injury of the joint or soft tissue.