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Unnecessary Stent Procedures

As we grow older, there is a greater chance of experiencing heart issues. This can sometimes include symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain. There are many ways that a doctor will be able to treat these conditions. This can include placing a stent in your heart. This is designed to increase your blood flow. When done correctly, it will allow the patient to live a long and healthy life. However, if you do it incorrectly, it might be exposing the patient to potential health risks. Sadly, unnecessary stent procedures do happen. Let’s look at some of the things you need to know about this procedure.

What Are the Risks Of An Unnecessary Stent Procedure?

There are plenty of reasons why unnecessary stent procedures are so dangerous. First, there are other treatments that doctors have available to them. They might be able to give you medication to help stabilize angina. Though not a very dangerous procedure, there’s still a risk that something might go wrong when installing a stent.

However, the biggest potential issue is what can happen when they are installed unnecessarily. Patients who get a heart stent installed when they are complaining of chest pain don’t tend to live any longer than those treating the condition with medication. Also, the relief provided by giving stents to patients that suffered from heart pains could be replicated by medications. In some cases, the stent can cause heart attacks or strokes. If not treated quickly, these can be fatal. The treatment might involve risky bypass surgery.

There are also some longer-term risks associated with a stent procedure. In some cases, patients might be at a higher risk of blood clots. To prevent this, they will need to take a yearly blood thinner. They will need to take this thinner for the rest of their lives, or risk clotting. There is also the potential that there will be damage to the coronary artery. To fix this, the patient might need to go through bypass surgery. With this type of invasive surgery, the risk of complications grows higher. The recovery time will also be longer.

How Common Are Unnecessary Stents?

Sadly, unnecessary stents are a major problem in the medical industry. There are a few reasons for this. First, some patients might falsely believe that they need to get stents. However, the bigger issue is doctors prescribing the stents for their patients. The reason why they do this is that they might receive a reward from the company selling the stent. This can contribute significantly to the bottom line of the hospital.

Unnecessary operations are more common than you might think. It’s estimated that two out of three of these elective procedures aren’t needed. This can translate to around 200,000 stents each year. As you can imagine, this can have a big impact on the lives of patients around the world. To stop stents being installed unnecessarily, the regulations should be tightened.

When Should A Stent Be Installed?

There are a few situations when installing a stent is the best decision a doctor can make for their patient. As we mentioned earlier, when a stent is installed, it will increase the blood flow around the body. This is the recommended course of treatment for patients whose arteries are 70 percent blocked. In this case, the stent can be a valuable surgery, reducing the risks of further heart complications. A cardiac catheterization might be done to determine how serious the blockage around your heart is. This will let you know how serious these issues are, and what the best course of treatment will be. Cardiac catheterization is a very safe procedure. The worst that will occur that some people report feeling sick afterward, because of the dye used. In other cases, there might be some mild bruising.

How Can I Tell If I Had An Unnecessary Stent Operation?

As we have seen, the long-term effects of an unnecessary stent operation can be very serious. If you’ve had a stent inserted, you should find out if it was necessary or not. There are a few ways of doing this. First, you might want to talk to an independent doctor, preferably someone with a detailed knowledge of the heart. They will be able to look through your medical history and the amount of clotting around your heart. Based on this research, they can come to a determination about whether the procedure was needed.

It’s also a good idea to talk to an attorney. Our team is experienced with medical malpractice. We’ll be able to discuss the case with you. This will let us get a better understanding of the context surrounding the stent operation. Our team might also have an independent cardiologist look at your case. They might also want to examine you. This will allow us to determine whether any side effects, like stroke or heart attack, were caused by the insertion of the stent. We’ll then be able to discuss your legal rights. This can include suing for compensation. 

What To Do If You Had An Unnecessary Stent Operation?

Finding out that your stent operation wasn’t needed and might have exposed you to serious long-term health consequences, can be very alarming. It is normal for you to feel that your doctor has taken advantage of you. Thankfully, there are some actions that you can take. By taking your case to The Injury Firm, we will be able to take the matter to court. This will let you seek compensation from the doctor or medical institution who put in the unnecessary stent.

As you can imagine, cases like this can be very complex. If you want to win, you need to get the best possible representation. Our medical malpractice lawyer will go through all your medical reports and talk to the experts. This will allow us to build a strong case, giving you the best chance of getting a favorable result. For more information, or to book a free consultation, give our team a call today.

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1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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