Atherectomy Procedure Allegedly Carries More Risk Than Potential Benefits

Atherectomy procedures are becoming increasingly common for patients suffering from plaque buildup in their arteries, despite other procedures being available to remedy the issue. While atherectomies have proven effective in treating certain conditions, they are not without significant risks, which have now been identified by the FDA in device recalls. Patients who are suffering from health concerns or serious complications following their atherectomies should immediately seek legal counsel from an experienced MLG lawyer.

At MLG, our mission is to ensure that patients who have suffered harm due to these procedures or defective devices receive the compensation and justice you deserve. For over 30 years, MLG has served consumers in complex litigation related to defective medical devices and other products. Our goal is to restore hope through justice, and we accomplish this by holding at-fault parties accountable and recovering maximum compensation for our clients to help them rebuild their lives.

Recalled Devices of Atherectomy Procedures

Atherectomy procedures involve the use of specialized devices to cut, grind, or vaporize plaque deposits within arteries. In some cases, these devices can cause arterial perforation or dissection, leading to severe bleeding or damage to blood vessels. During the procedure, tiny pieces of plaque or debris can dislodge and travel downstream, potentially blocking smaller blood vessels. This can result in ischemia or infarction, leading to serious health consequences or death.

Several atherectomy devices have faced recalls due to concerns about their safety and efficacy. These recalls highlight the importance of monitoring and regulating medical devices to protect patient well-being. Some notable device recalls in recent years include:

  • Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System: This device, used in coronary artery procedures, faced a Class I recall due to the potential for the device’s crown to fracture or disengage during use. Such malfunctions can have life-threatening consequences for patients.
  • TurboHawk and TurboHawk Plus Directional Atherectomy Systems: These atherectomy devices were recalled due to reports of the catheter tip detaching during use. This posed a serious risk to patients, as the detached tip could potentially migrate to other parts of the body.
  • Jetstream Atherectomy System: This device was recalled due to the risk of device breakage or separation during procedures. Such incidents could lead to severe complications and put patients’ lives at risk.

If you or a loved one has been affected by an atherectomy procedure or a recalled medical device, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced team of attorneys is here to provide guidance, support, and legal representation to protect your rights and hold responsible parties accountable.

If you or a loved one has been harmed from an atherectomy procedure, call (909) 345-8110 to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the potential risks and complications associated with atherectomy procedures?

Atherectomy procedures, while effective in treating vascular diseases, come with several potential risks and complications. These include arterial perforation, dissection, embolization (where debris can block smaller blood vessels), infections, and the possibility of re-stenosis, where arteries narrow again over time. These concerns can result is serious injury or death. Patients should discuss these risks with their healthcare providers and ensure they are well-informed before undergoing the procedure.

Yes, certain patient factors can elevate the risks associated with atherectomy procedures. Patients with pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or advanced age, may be at a higher risk for complications. Additionally, the location and severity of arterial blockages can influence the procedure’s complexity and potential risks. It’s essential for patients to have a thorough discussion with their healthcare team to assess individualized risks and benefits.

Choosing an experienced healthcare provider with a strong track record in performing these procedures can reduce the likelihood of complications. Patients should actively seek information and ask questions about the procedure, its potential risks, and alternatives. Following pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided by healthcare providers is vital for minimizing risks and ensuring a successful recovery.

If you or a loved one have been harmed or have passed away following an atherectomy procedure, taking appropriate steps is crucial. Immediate medical attention should be sought if severe symptoms or complications are experienced. Patients should maintain thorough records of their medical history, the procedure, complications, and subsequent treatments. Consulting with legal professionals, such as MLG lawyers who have considerable experience litigating against companies and manufacturers.

How to Start Your Potential Case

If a defective medical device or a complication caused by an atherectomy procedure has caused you or a loved one to suffer serious harm or death, MLG can help. These are highly technical cases, but we are experienced in handling lawsuits in the medical field. Here is what to expect when you contact us:

  1. Fill out our form with your information
  2. Set up your free consultation
  3. Meet with our Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals team
  4. Discuss your potential case
  5. Discuss your next steps

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For decades, McCune Law Group, has assisted consumers and patients across the country when faulty and dangerous products cause harm. With millions recovered for our clients who have suffered from illness and injury due to faulty medical devices, the team at MLG can help you seek justice. Our team also involves professional investigators and medical experts so we have a complete, clear picture of how the manufacturer may be held liable. We have been representing consumers across the U.S. for over 30 years.

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