Stent Assurance Program from Boston Scientific
Current Postings (7):
I suffered thrombosis of a Taxus stent
Jan 07 before I even left the recovery
area & required emergency restenting. Unfortunately this happened just beyond
Boston Scientific's "guarantee" period. The inappropriate lack of consideration
for the patient in this program is typical BS (internet pun intended). The only
way for the patient to get any consideration is via legal action (class action
or malpractice). I may need bypass surgery as I am told restenting an existing
stent often does not work out well.
From my understanding, sometimes, during
the insertion of a stent, the physician may realize that he needs
a longer stent than normal, but as the procedure
is already halfway thru, he cannot stop, and re-insert a longer stent. There
is a new kid on the block, called the Xtent (invented by who else but by XtentInc
- website Xtentinc.com) whereby the physician can customized the length of
the stent as desired (in situ), while the stent is in the blood vessel,
for greater accuracy in stent placement. A real, cool piece of innovative medical
device. Unfortunately, the stent is still in clinical trials.
Failures with most medical devices
are tracked by the FDA and the Manufacturer
using the MedWatch program.
I expect that Boston Scientific is taking
care of their loyal dealers, while we, the nuisance customers, are
too busy chewing nitroglycerin, eager to
sign whatever consent form .... without any duress, of course.
I just had two Taxus Express 2 stents
placed 3 weeks ago. While it's nice to know that the mfg. stands
behind the product ...sort of, it offers me no comfort that the hospital
gets a perk as a result of my misfortune, and I get diddly. That's
sort of like if I go into Wendy's for a burger, get sick as a result,
and the ground beef supplier refunds the money to Wendy's. Thanks
a lot, guys ...... To say the hospital would refund the cost to me
is naive. They'll charge me with or without the freebie. Sort of
a "good old boy" network between the mfg. and the hospitals, if
you ask me.
About a year and a half ago, I had a
stent placed. Six months later while out running I expeienced extreme
pain in my chest. My cardiologist said the stent had collapsed
and called it a one in a thousand occurance. He stented the stent
a longer one. I've been wondering does anyone track these occurances
to prevent further incidents? It seems possible of a design flaw
or a bad batch.
This is very promising statement. I
just had insertion of the Taxus stent 3 weeks ago.
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