Philadelphia physician Dr. Vidya Banka is currently under investigation for recommending and implanting stents in patients who may not have needed the operation, the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Board of Medicine have been notified of the investigation, and Dr. Banka has since resigned from his position.
Patients who received a cardiac stent from Dr. Banka, a privately-employed physician not associated with the University’s health system, are receiving letters if investigators believe their procedure may have been medically unnecessary. However, even if you have not received a letter, if you have received a stent from Dr. Banka it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer and review your legal rights.
Stents are small mesh tubes inserted into an artery to maintain its structural integrity, thus increasing blood flow through the body. They can be truly life-saving operations for those who need them. But they are also costly and permanent procedures that should not be undergone unless they are truly needed by the patient.
The investigation in Philadelphia, unfortunately, is not a singular incident. The unnecessary use of stents is a national problem, and one that we have experienced here in Maryland at unprecedented levels.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is one of the first law firms nationwide to bring these cases of medical negligence to trial, including a number of patients who received unnecessary cardiac stents at St. Joseph Medical Center. Recently, a trial judge certified that our clients, and many more patients who received unnecessary stents, are a class and will be able to maintain a class action lawsuit. This is the first and only recognized class of patients injured by Baltimore-area physician, Dr. Mark Midei.
Dr. Midei came under fire in 2008 after medical investigations alleged that he had been telling patients their coronary angiograms showed levels of artery blockage that required a cardiac stent to fix, when in fact levels of blockage were much lower.
Regardless of your location or physician, if you or a family member have had a stent procedure, we encourage you to learn more about unnecessary stent procedures and speak with an attorney who can review your medical records and determine if foul play was involved.