Just before Christmas yet another doctor was accused of performing unnecessary carotid artery stenting procedures on patients. The kicker? This doctor was actually a member of a Maryland task committee assigned to reduce this type of unnecessary invasive carotid artery stenosis treatment.
A complaint was filed early in December 2011 against Dr. John Chung-Yee Wang alleging that he wrongfully stented one patient and exaggerated the extent of carotid artery stenosis in another to justify a stent placement.
Dr. Wang is a part of the Technical Advisory Group on Oversight of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Services which was appointed by the Maryland Healthcare Commission to improve cardiovascular interventions oversight and reduce unnecessary invasive procedures. The committee was set to report its findings shortly after the complaint was filed against Dr. Wang, significantly reducing the value of their report.
Dr. Wang was previously partners with Dr. Mark Midei who had his medical license revoked earlier in 2011 after an investigation revealed that he wrongfully performed carotid artery stenting procedures on hundreds of patients.
Dr. Wang and Dr. Midei are just two of many doctors who have come into the spotlight in these last few years under allegations of inappropriate carotid artery stenosis treatments. The rise of these occurrences has promoted the medical community to increase their discussions on developing more clear guidelines on the treatment of carotid artery stenosis – particularly in patients who are non-symptomatic. While some in the medical community believe that stenting interventions are the best form of treatment, others believe that recent advancements in medical management strategies are safer for patients in the long run .
For more information about the safety of carotid artery stenting or to talk with a doctor about whether or not this procedure is right for you talk with a professional at Cardiovascular Institute of Northwest Florida also known as Cardiology Associates here: Cardiologist in Florida