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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Woman died after hip replacement

AN 83-year-old woman died in intensive care following an operation to replace her false hip, an inquest heard.

By David Pickthall

Patricia Bernadette Lashmar, of Solway Drive, Walney, died in Furness General Hospital on July 25 last year.

The inquest into her death heard she went into cardiac arrest in ICU following surgery under general anaesthetic.

She was resuscitated, but died later that day.

The hearing in Barrow Town Hall on Monday was told Mrs Lashmar was fully aware of the risks associated with the operation, which lasted around six hours and involved a lot of blood loss.

Dr Roland Michaud, the surgeon who carried out the operation, told the inquest Mrs Lashmar had a previous hip replacement some years earlier, but it became loose and was causing her pain.

The purpose of the operation was to remove the loose hip and replace it with a new one to restore her comfort.

After the long operation, Mrs Lashmar was admitted to intensive care for her health to be monitored and this was standard practice, Dr Michaud said.

Dr Justin Japp, the grading anaesthetist who dealt with Mrs Lashmar on the day of the operation, told the hearing: “In her case, it was explained to her over a two-year period and there were many letters to her and the risks were explained, not just on the day.”

Dr Salam Bhuiyan, the anaesthetist who treated Mrs Lashmar in ICU, told the hearing: “We do see most of our re-do operations survive, but they’re always on the riskier side.”

Pathologist Dr Margaret Stewart concluded the cause of death was heart failure, due to a combination of heart disease and the complication of the surgery.

She said other factors were chronic renal failure and the fact Mrs Lashmar was categorised as “clinically obese”.

Cumbria South and East coroner Mr Ian Smith, pictured right, returned a verdict of natural causes complicated by surgical procedure.

He said, in summing up: “She knew full well what the risks were and opted to take them.”

Mrs Lashmar’s family thanked the doctors and their team for their “attentiveness” to their grandmother and agreed she was “fully informed of the risks”.

The family told the Evening Mail: “She will be sorely missed.”

Have your say

The "Revision" hip operation is trickier than the straightforward hip replacement and one of the complications is blood clots forming. I am surprised that the operation went ahead if the lady was "clinically obese".
My sympathies to Mrs Lashmar's family.

Posted by Ess on 9 February 2012 at 19:17

I knew Pat from the bingo and she was a lovely lady. She had a fantastic attitude to life and it was with great sadness we heard of her death after the operation she needed. She was a very philisophical lady and told us that when your time is up, its up. Miss you Pat x

Posted by janet bury on 8 February 2012 at 18:24

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