Botched Knee Replacement Surgery Leads To Sacramento Malpractice Suit, Part 2 of 9

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury case and its proceedings.)


In November of 2004, Sandy White was scheduled for a left total knee arthroplasty by orthopedic surgeon, William Hall, M.D., after findings of moderate degenerative joint disease involving all three joint compartments in her left knee. On November 14, 2004, Dr. William Hall performed a total knee replacement on Ms. White’s left knee.

In the months following the November 14, 2004 surgery by Dr. Hall, Ms. White continued to have pain in her left knee and maltracking of her left patella. Dr. Hall discussed the issue of patellar subluxation with Ms. White, when she presented to the clinic with complaints that her left knee felt like it would buckle at times. Dr. Hall recommended and performed arthroscopy with lateral release of the left patella on Ms. White on January 27, 2005. Dr. Hall noted that the prosthesis appeared intact and in good position except the patella which was noted to be certainly maltracking and subluxing laterally. Moreover, it was noted that Ms. White’s flexion was limited. Dr. Hall performed lateral release under vision which he noted to be very complete proximally and distally and that this improved the position and tracking of the patella significantly and achieved 90-95 degrees flexion.

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In the months after the January 27, 2005 surgery, Ms. White’s left knee pain continued, and she continued to have trouble with the tracking of the patella of her left knee. Dr. Hall again recommended another surgery with his diagnosis of patellar instability and moderate tracking in Ms. White’s left knee. On May 28, 2005, Dr. Hall performed a quadricepsplasty and quadriceps realignment of the left quadriceps. Dr. Hall noted in his Operative Report that Ms. White’s left knee was examined and there was lateral subluxation of the patella in flexion. . Dr. Hall further noted that the patella was in tact and would not loose and that the Youngn problem seemed to be quadriceps mal-alignment and the lateral pull and lateral subluxating patella. (See Part 3 of 9.)

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