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Medical Reviews continue to uncover unnecessary stent procedures

A report said Tuesday that hundreds of patients are now filing charges against a hospital for allegedly implanting them with unnecessary heart stents. The report explained that in addition to the more than 90 complaints filed already, six more heart patients filed lawsuits alleging medical malpractice by two former cardiologists at the hospital.

Hospital officials have admitted these stents were likely not medically necessary.
These new sets of lawsuits are separate from a class-action suit that began last week by another attorney on behalf of two other patients who alleged that the implementation of the stents “caused unnecessary battery on the heart patients and violated ethical standards.”

The report issued in NYC and Westchester noted that five of the six charges filed against the doctors yesterday filed yesterday were against one doctor in particular who seemed to be doing more of the unnecessary surgeries.

He went on to say that in addition to medical malpractice, other charges will include corporate negligence, lack of informed consent, fraud and alleged violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

“These doctors, who have performed 750 of the 2,000 stent procedures performed at this hospital, resigned voluntarily from practicing medicine last week,” he said, after more than 141 patients received letters that basically stated they might not have had enough blockage in their arteries to justify a stent insertion. Stents, he explained are tiny wire-mesh devices that are implanted to open arteries.

The rep pointed out that a review that was completed by two teams of nationally recognized cardiologists, found that nearly 200 patients received these coronary stents and most likely didn’t need them.

“None of the nearly 200 identified patients is believed to have been harmed, he said, “but the hospital is offering counseling and free medical care to all of them as a precaution. The letters do not provide a reason why the patients received the stents but state their condition may not have justified the placement of a coronary stent.”

Hospital officials and patients involved in the cases declined to comment on the situation.
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