A Neurovascular Stent is a non-surgical method for treating brain aneurysms. However, the procedure may not be safe for everyone. We are investigating claims alleging that neurovascular stents used for stent assisted coiling (SAC) may put patients at an increased risk of stroke or death.
If you or a loved one underwent stent assisted coiling and suffered a stroke or death during or after the procedure, contact Neurovascular Stent Lawyer Timothy L. Miles. You may be eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit and possibly entitled to substantial compensation. (855) Tim-M-Law (855-846-6529) or [email protected].
Read on for answers to four frequently asked questions about a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit.
WHAT ARE NEUROVASCULAR STENTS?
Neurovascular stents are available from several manufacturers, including Stryker Neurovascular and Covidien Plc, and are used in treating saccular, intracranial, and wide-neck aneurysms.
An aneurysm is a weak spot in the blood vessel wall which causes the vessel to bulge outward like a bubble. Though an aneurysm can occur in any blood vessel, this condition is especially dangerous in the brain because if the weakened vessel bursts, it can cause uncontrollable, often fatal, brain bleeding.
In neurovascular SAC procedures, doctors weave a microcatheter through the patient's groin to the aneurysm. Once there, a coil is released and inserted inside the weak and bulging blood vessel to seal it off and prevent more blood from entering the aneurysm. The stent holds the coil in place.
IS STENT ASSISTED COILING SAFE?
Though stent assisted coiling devices were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the Humanitarian Device Exemption, that does not mean that they are safe for everyone.
In fact, on May 8, 2018, the FDA issued a safety alert to all health providers. This letter was published after the FDA received reports that doctors performed the procedure on high-risk patients who could not tolerate the treatment.
The letter warned, “These procedures are not without risks, and careful patient selection and proper device use are critical to ensure that the benefits to the patient outweigh the risk of treatment."
Neurovascular stent procedures require anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapies, so patients who can’t undergo these blood-thinning regimens should not have the procedure.
Another risk of stent assisted coiling devices is that the device may not work and the brain aneurysm may still rupture. Sometimes the microcatheters may become entangled with the stent struts, causing the stent to change position, injure the blood vessel, or rupture the brain aneurysm.
Some patients are more susceptible to brain aneurysms. Health care providers shouldn’t recommend the stent assisted coiling procedure for patients with the following risk factors for ruptured aneurysms:
WHAT ARE THE RISKS WITH STENT ASSISTED COILING?
Patients should be properly informed of the serious risks of stent assisted coiling and the possibility of aneurysm rupture, which could lead to stroke or death.
The FDA also warns against unnecessarily performing this procedure on patients with small brain aneurysms or a lowered life expectancy. Smaller aneurysms, such as those less than five millimeters, are at a much lower rate of rupture than large (11-25 millimeters) or giant aneurysms (more than 25 millimeters). Smaller aneurysms can be treated more conservatively and may not even need a stent procedure.
“These procedures are not without risks, and careful patient selection and proper device use are critical to ensure that the benefits to the patient outweigh the risk of treatment,” the FDA said.
You may be eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit if you or a loved one underwent a stent assisted coiling procedure and suffered a stroke or death during or after the procedure. Contact Neurovascular Stent Lawyer Timothy L. Miles to see if you are eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit and possibly entitled substantial compensation.
HOW DO I GET STARTED IF I BELIEVE I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A NEUROVASCULAR STENT LAWSUIT?
If you or a loved one underwent a stent assisted coiling procedure and suffered a stroke or death during or after the procedure and believe you are eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit, contact Timothy L Miles today for a free case evaluation with a Neurovascular Stent Lawyer to see if you are eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit and possibly entitled to substantial compensation.
CONTACT A NEUROVASCULAR STENT LAWYER TO SEE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A NEUROVASCULAR STENT LAWSUIT
Contact Neurovascular Stent Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today to see if you are eligible for a Neurovascular Stent Lawsuit and see what a Neurovascular Stent Lawyer can do for you.
TIMOTHY L. MILES, ESQ. Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more. Please visit our website.
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