Unnecessary Stent Procedures
Though stent procedures provide profound life-saving benefits to those who need them, the health risks and financial weight of a stent operation often mean that only patients with severely blocked arteries should opt for such a procedure.
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. Lawsuits have sprung up in several states, including Pennsylvania, with regard to doctors performing unnecessary stent implants. These unnecessary stent implant case cause complications including stroke and even death.
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Consider All Medical Procedures Carefully
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. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed 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.
Unnecessary stent cases can be extremely complicated, which is why it is imperative you have an experienced lawyer. The law firm of Pribanic & Pribanic is currently representing some of the first patients to bring their unnecessary cardiac stent cases to trial in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.