Thousands of patients across the country have likely undergone unnecessary coronary stent implants that may have caused complications including stroke and even death. Investigations have been launched in a number of hospitals including in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Civil lawsuits have been brought over stent procedures in these states and other states such as Tennessee and Texas. At one hospital in Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center, nine doctors have been named in civil suits for allegedly performing unnecessary stent implants. If you feel that you’ve been implanted with a coronary stent and it was not a necessary procedure, do not hesitate to call a Wilmington Delaware Coronary Stent Implant Malpractice Lawyer.
Unnecessary Stent Procedures
Stents are mesh tubes that are implanted to open blocked arteries. But they are not without risk, including the potential of causing blood clots and possible stroke. Many top doctors feel that stents are implanted when the procedure is not necessary, when arteries are not sufficiently blocked and the condition can be treated using medication. And studies bear this out, with one reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that only 50 percent of elective procedures (those performed on stable patients) were appropriate, with 12 percent not necessary and the other 38 percent uncertain.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one has had an elective coronary stent procedure and suffered subsequent complications or injuries contact Shelsby & Leoni today at 302-995-6210. You can also email the firm here.