Introduced in the 1990s as a major medical advancement, the neurovascular stent for stent-assisted coiling (SAC) is used to treat brain aneurysms; however, while this form of treatment may be suitable for certain candidates, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that some patients may experience an increased risk of stroke or death during or after a neurovascular stent procedure.
If you or your loved one has sustained serious injury from a defective neurovascular stent, contact the award-winning attorneys at the Shiner Law Group to discuss your case in a free consultation. Our law firm customizes its legal services on a contingency fee basis: you pay us nothing unless we get you a recovery.
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Understanding Neurovascular Stent-Assisted Coiling Application
An aneurysm is a vulnerable section of the blood vessel wall that causes the vessel to extend outward and burst. While this condition can occur in any blood vessel, occurrences in the brain are generally uncontrollable and fatal. Neurovascular stents for stent-assisted coiling provides a non-invasive treatment option. Neurovascular stents are generally made from metal or plastic mesh, which holds the patient’s organs and blood vessels open. The coil is inserted into the vulnerable blood vessel to prevent further complications.
However, the FDA states that neurovascular stents for SAC may not be a viable treatment solution for all patients, as some may experience an increased risk of stroke or death before and after an SAC operation. Additionally, patients assume the risk of the device failing, which could cause the brain aneurysm to burst. Factors such as age, family history, sex, ethnicity, tobacco use, and hypertension are known to increase the risk of aneurysm ruptures.
Concerns Associated with SAC
A letter published by the FDA outlines the significant health and safety risks associated with devices for SAC, stating the risk of treatment may outweigh the benefits for candidates not selected carefully, and that the stent selection must include the proper length and diameter in relation to the aneurysm. In the event the stent prematurely shortens, the patient may experience further heightened medical concerns. Furthermore, the microcatheter used to deliver the coil must be compatible with the stent manufacturer.
The FDA identifies several additional possible complications:
- Medical devices can become entangled with the stent, resulting in stent migration, damage to the blood vessel, or an aneurysm rupturing;
- Coils inserted in the vulnerable blood vessel may dislodge from the vessel or stent device.
How a Neurovascular Stent Injury Lawyer Can Help
Unfortunately, many medical manufacturers prioritize their financial performance over the safety of individual device recipients. That is when you need an experienced attorney who can aggressively fight for your legal and financial interests. If you or your loved one has suffered a stroke or wrongful death after undergoing a neurovascular stent with SAC medical procedure, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
The Shiner Law Group will help you pursue recovery for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, periods of disability, and even wrongful death. Our law firm will also investigate the extent of your medical injuries and work within Florida’s legal timeframes to gather your medical records and initiate the lawsuit.