The anatomy of a lawsuit

A case study of the toll it takes

The case involved a patient who, despite having 10 successful prior surgeries with no clotting, had massive clotting throughout his body following uncomplicated total knee replacement.

Medical facts
The patient, a 52-year-old man of normal stature and habitus, had a history of constant and increasing left knee pain that caused difficulty with walking, stair climbing, rising from a seated position, and sleeping. Radiographs revealed bone-on-bone end-stage osteoarthritis. Because conservative management had failed to control the pain, the patient requested joint replacement surgery. The office note indicates that the patient had successfully undergone 10 assorted prior surgeries without any clotting complications.

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