Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Retained Foreign Objects After Stent Placement
Surgery can be a common treatment for a variety of illnesses or ailments. Patients rely on their doctor to not only be well-educated and knowledgeable about the procedure they will perform but also have their well-being as a top priority. Medical professionals are expected to follow facility policies and procedures to ensure the safety and health of their patients.
To reduce the likelihood of injury, many hospitals have procedures in place to reduce foreign objects retained after surgery. These types of errors are completely preventable and can have a life-threatening impact on a patient. Most policies require medical personnel to perform and have verified an instrument count prior to and directly after a surgery to ensure that no objects are left inside a patient. Not surprisingly, retained surgical items can cause serious health outcomes for the patient including severe pain, infections, and even death.
Iliac Artery Stenting
The iliac artery supplies the lower body including the pelvis and reproductive organs with blood. A blockage in the iliac artery can cause serious problems including severe pain and tissue loss. Stents are wire mesh devices that can be used to restore blood flow by supporting and keeping blood vessels from collapsing. While placing arterial stents is typically a straight-forward procedure, all medical procedures carry some form of risk. Doctors have a duty to discuss medical risks and benefits with their patients so that patients can make an informed decision about their medical care.
Retained Foreign Object Medical Malpractice Claim
Our medical malpractice attorneys represented a patient whose case involved an interventional cardiologist who failed to remove a 43 cm guidewire after the placement of multiple stents in a patient’s iliac artery. Nearly two years later, the patient had a sudden onset of pain when the retained guidewire was ultimately found. The retained guidewire was able to be removed but had caused a blood clot which required removal and replacement of a stent.
Retained Foreign Object Guidewire Lawsuit
If you or someone you know was seriously injured due to a medical professional error of leaving a foreign object in your body after a surgery, contact us. Our medical malpractice attorneys have litigated cases against surgeons and hospital systems across the state of Indiana. There is no fee for your initial consultation and we do not collect fees until your claim is paid. Contact us now to discuss your legal rights and options.