Another large group of patients have been reportedly exposed to improper surgical procedures. Although the incidents did not occur in Oregon, the matter demonstrates the need for hospital authorities and health care personnel nationwide to be on guard for practices by surgeons that may involve repetitive, unnecessary procedures performed for economic gain. The first of 71 plaintiffs who have filed medical malpractice cases in the state court is currently facing jury deliberations in his case.
The plaintiff claims that the surgeon performed several unnecessary stent implants solely for financial gain in 2008. The complaint also accuses the hospital, Excela Health, of failing to protect patients from the improper treatments. Stent implants involve inserting a catheter inside an artery that runs to the heart, and implanting a device that will hold open the artery for the free flow of blood to the heart. This is designed to lessen the symptoms of those patients suffering from coronary artery disease.