ALERT: Raleigh General Hospital Patients May Have Undergone Unnecessary Heart Surgeries
Did you or a loved one undergo a heart surgery at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV?
According to hospital officials, your operation could have been medically unnecessary, exposing you to health risks including kidney failure, heart attack and death.
Raleigh General Hospital is currently investigating these claims and contacting patients who may be affected.
If you were directed to undergo angioplasty or stent procedures at Raleigh General Hospital within the past five years, you might have the right to file a claim for damages to be compensated for the hospital’s negligence.
Contact The Bell Law Firm today for a FREE consultation of your claim. Our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to answer your legal questions and determine whether you have a valid case.
The procedures in question were performed by Dr. Kenneth Glaser at Raleigh General Hospital as early as 2010.
Dr. Glaser performed numerous operations to place cardiac stents in a number of patients who may not have needed them. An internal review prompted an ongoing investigation, which revealed that based on the patients' conditions, many of these surgeries were completely unnecessary.
One lawsuit cites a desire to increase revenue as a possible reason Dr. Glaser may have performed so many unwarranted surgeries. Additionally, witnesses report Dr. Glaser appearing sleepy and overworked on several occasions. If he was fatigued and foggy, no doubt his state of mind would have had an impact on his ability to judge patients’ medical conditions.
Any time a patient undergoes an operation that is not medically necessary, they are at risk of experiencing complications. In the case of cardiac surgery, those risks can be life altering and deadly.
Complications from stent surgery include:
- Blood clots resulting in oxygen deficiency
- Scar tissue buildup months later
- Kidney failure
- Heart attack
- Stent punctures the coronary artery
In an interview with ABCNews.com, Dr. Deepak Bhatt, who directs the Integrated Interventional Cardiovascular Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, explained that it only takes a few seconds for a complication to end a patient’s life.
"One minute the stent is open, and in less than a minute, it's closed,” Bhatt said.
Raleigh General Hospital issued an official statement disclosing its discovery of the unnecessary surgeries and how it is handling the situation.
Raleigh General Hospital will be providing follow-up care for any patient who received a surgery that may not have been “clinically indicated.” The hospital claims there have been no adverse events reported in connection with the stents Dr. Glaser implanted into patients. At no cost to the patient’s insurance, hospital officials also plan to facilitate follow-up discussions with a cardiologist.
Patients who were potentially impacted by Dr. Glaser’s actions are being notified via phone or mail.
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If you believe you received an unnecessary cardiac stent at Raleigh General Hospital, you have legal rights. Contact The Bell Law Firm for your FREE consultation.
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