Q: How can I figure out if my stent procedure was unnecessary?
With unnecessary stenting procedures being performed across the nation, many patients with stents are wondering if theirs were also unnecessary. Frankly, it can be difficult to tell without some serious research. If you suspect that you may have received an unnecessary stent, your best bet is to schedule a free consultation with a cardiology malpractice attorney at The Girards Law Firm. The lawyer will be able to look at your medical records and delve deep into the details of your procedure to make an informed decision. However, there are a few things you may want to consider on your own:
- Were you suffering a heart attack when the stents were placed? If so, there's a good chance they were necessary. Stents placed during heart attacks can save lives and cardiologists frequently agree they are the best option.
- Did your doctor initially recommend medication and lifestyle changes? Many cardiologists feel that if a huge blockage is not glaringly obvious, it can be very beneficial to begin treatment with medication and making lifestyle changes, like losing weight or quitting smoking. They like to see if these alterations can make a positive impact on a person's heart troubles without resulting to surgery.
- Were you able to ask your doctor all of the questions you wanted to? When you're facing a stent procedure, the best thing to do is ask plenty of questions and work with your doctor to create a plan that you are comfortable with. This also helps you get a better grip on your condition and allows you to challenge some decisions if you don't think they are right.
If you think you may be the victim of an unnecessary stent in Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas, contact The Girards Law Firm today for a free consultation at 888.897.2762.