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Helping Those Who Have Suffered From The Placement Of Unnecessary Heart Stents

When patients have blocked arteries, doctors often try a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to address the issues and open up the blood vessels. One option is to place a stent in the vessel. This piece of plastic or metal mesh is designed to help keep the artery open, allowing blood to flow more freely in and around the heart. Though many people do well with their stents, there are numerous patients who did not need the stents and suffer substantially due to their unnecessary placement.

If you have had stents placed in one or more coronary arteries and have experienced increased pain and suffering, we can help. Our lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., have over a century of combined experience protecting the rights of injured people, including those who experienced unnecessary heart procedures.

There has been a rise in patients having stents placed when they were not absolutely necessary. There is always a risk with any type of medical procedure or surgery, and to have taken the risk unnecessarily can take a toll on your life. Our firm works to see that providers are held responsible for unnecessary stent placement, the subsequent health issues you have experienced and compensation for pain, suffering and other losses that you sustained.

What Issues Can Stents Cause?

While complications can arise in any patient, even those whose stent placement was warranted, complications can further compromise a patient’s quality of life if they have a stent that did not need to be placed. These complications can include:

  • Allergic reaction to the plastic or metal, as well as the substances in which the stent is coated to aid in keeping the vessels open
  • Blood clots and stroke
  • Seizures
  • Atherosclerotic clots (arterial plaque breaking off and moving through the vessel)
  • Increased chest pain (angina)
  • Dissection of the lining (lumen) of the blood vessels
  • Heart attack
  • Death

Did You Receive Unnecessary Heart Stents?

Our firm is currently investigating unnecessary heart stent placements by Dr. Edward Harlamert. We are representing John Pflum, a victim of Dr. Harlamert. Mr. Pflum received 48 heart stents, several of which were entirely unnecessary. Hear more about Mr. Pflum’s story below:


We Are Here To Help

You should not have to tolerate the issues that stem from a stent you did not need. Talk to us today to find out how we handle these and other cases involving unnecessary surgeries. Call our Merrillville office at 219-733-8633 or send us an email to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.