Over the last 18 months, Garling & Co Lawyers has seen several stenting medical negligence/medical malpractice cases in the Wollongong region involving
patients who have undergone unnecessary stenting of their iliac veins in their legs. Some patients have undergone singular mesh stents and other have
undergone bilateral stenting.
What is of great significance is that our clients have been misdiagnosed and undergone unnecessary stenting procedures that may fail or result in some complication in the future.
Unfortunately, in these cases our clients are around 40 years old when they have undergone this unnecessary procedure. This is of concern as stenting procedures are usually undertaken on those in their 60’s and older, unless there are significant ongoing issues with artery/venous incompetency that may be life threatening, or if there are other symptoms such as pain or underlying known pre-existing conditions.
It is unclear how long these stents will last as most patients who undergo a stenting procedure are of a mature age and the stent will likely outlast their life expectancy. Whereas, in a patient in their forties, who have, on a conservative view, an additional forty years life expectancy, it is likely that they will outlive their stent(s), and therefore at some stage suffer from costly leg stent problems.
Our clients in Wollongong initially attended their general practitioner in relation to spider/varicose veins and their cosmetic appearance. None of our clients were experiencing symptoms such as pain, bleeding or swelling, they simply wanted to know what could be done to alter the appearance of their spider veins.
Our client’s general practitioners referred them to a vascular surgeon practising in Wollongong. At the initial consultation, the vascular surgeon has advised our clients that they may have chronic venous insufficiency known as May-Thurner Syndrome and has prescribed compression stockings and pelvic scans.
The vascular surgeon has then reviewed the scans and diagnosed May-Thurner Syndrome which our clients were informed required urgent stenting as they were in danger. Our clients felt that they had no choice but to undergo the stenting procedure as they, by this stage, were greatly concerned about their health given the advice and urgency conveyed by the vascular surgeon.
Our clients underwent the stenting procedure as advised. Following which, our clients became concerned about the post-operative care they had received and the urgency and circumstances surrounding the need for the procedure.
Our clients sought a second opinion from another vascular surgeon and were advised that they did not have May-Thurner Syndrome, were not in danger, and did not need the surgery.
Our clients have been advised that they have been misdiagnosed and undergone an unnecessary procedure that will cause them ongoing medical costs and possible leg stent problems in the future.
Unfortunately, some of our clients are already experiencing leg stent problems such as pain, altered sensation and stent migration.
Further, some of our clients have been declined life insurance policies due to the unnecessary stenting procedures as the insurers believe they are too much of a risk to insure due to the high probability of stent related complications and the associated costs of those compilations.
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
If this sounds familiar and you think this has happened to you or someone you know, reach out and get in contact with Garling & Co Lawyers as soon as possible.
At Garling & Co we want to make the experience of making a medical negligence case as stress free as possible. We understand your claim may be sensitive and for this reason we have both female and male lawyers available to represent you in your medical negligence case.
We look forward to helping you through your matter and obtaining the compensation that you deserve.
About Matthew Garling
Matthew Garling, Founder of Garling & Co is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. He specialises in compensation law and has acted on behalf of thousands of injured people in work accidents, motor vehicle accidents and negligence cases over the last 20 years.
About Renee Lawes
Renee Lawes is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and has been working alongside Matthew Garling at Garling & Co Lawyers for over five years. Renee’s areas of interest are Medical Negligence / Medical Malpractice and TPD claims.
Over the last five years Renee has helped secure many injured clients the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
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