With medical malpractice being a major cause of death nationwide, including in Oregon, it seems prudent to avoid medical procedures that are advertised as "experimental" surgery. There will always be a few practitioners who, without formal research or special credentials, will attempt an untested approach to curing pernicious disease. One doctor in another state allegedly implemented a novel surgical procedure to improve the symptoms of advancing multiple sclerosis; however, alleged surgical error and harmful outcomes have marked his efforts.

There have been several lawsuits against the doctor for lack of warning and negligence in performing a dangerous procedure. One patient, a 54-year-old woman, sued the doctor, and trial of that matter recently commenced. The novel procedure allegedly espouses that there is insufficient vein drainage from the nervous system, which is called chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).

The doctor performed a balloon angioplasty on the patient, and instead of getting better, she had a stroke. The patient, who came from her home in Canada to the doctor's office in Orange County, California in the summer of 2011had been suffering difficulties with balance, swallowing, speech and strength. She allegedly is much worse and cannot use her walker, feed herself, dress or care for herself anymore.

The doctor is reportedly arguing that the patient had a progressive case of multiple sclerosis and that the progression of the disease caused her worsening symptoms. That defense is countered by reports of another woman with multiple sclerosis who died five days after receiving the same treatment from the defendant. The trial is apparently confronting the validity of the treatment head-on.

This includes the doctor's testimony that he had success with the procedure, compared with the plaintiff's evidence of the Food and Drug Administration issuing a warning about the untested procedure. The defense claims that the stroke may have been caused by a slight perforation during the angioplasty, and that such leaks into the brain are  known risks of the procedure. It is unknown if there are other allegations of surgical error regarding the procedure in Oregon or other states.

Source: ocregister.com, "Malpractice trial begins for Newport Beach doctor accused of controversial MS treatment that led to stroke", Courtney Perkes, Dec. 2, 2016