During a total, and routine right knee replacement, my popliteal artery was severed, with a bone saw, destroying about 1 ". It was not discovered until the tourniquet was released.after the knee was out. Due to blood loss and trauma, my kidneys shut down.( recovered just prior to scheduled dialysis) A vascular surgeon stretched artery from my lower leg to make a emergency and very difficult reattachment. 90 min surgery extended to 4 1/2 hrs. Spent 3 days in ICU However, scar tissue developed restricting blood to lower limb. Hopes of stenting failed necessitating a complete arterial bypass with a harvested vein (Healthy, clear vascular system prior to cut). Vascular complication continue.(14 months) Vascular says damage is permanent.
Isn't the ortho surgeon supposed to isolate the artery prior cutting the bone? Is this careless and negligent surgery or a common risk?