Balloon Angioplasty Complications

Posted By admin - 28th January 2013

On 20 August 2003, Mrs X underwent a routine coronary angioplasty at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Prior to the operation, Mrs X was advised that she would be in and out of hospital in one day and that she would be off work for no more than a week.

The plan was to insert a stent into the left anterior descending artery. However, at the beginning of the procedure, the surgeon caught an artery in Mrs X’s groin causing a lot of pain during the procedure.

Approximately two hours later, whilst in recovery, Mrs X’s blood pressure dropped and she began complaining of severe pain. She became very ill and was diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal bleed (accumulation of blood in the abdominal cavity).

Mrs X was subsequently transferred to Leicester Royal Infirmary where she underwent emergency surgery. She went on to make a slow recovery. Whilst recovering, Mrs X developed a chest infection and contracted MRSA. She also experienced significant abdominal discomfort, nausea, constipation and back pain. Following her discharge from hospital, Mrs X required 16 different types of medication.

Our investigations revealed that Mrs X did not receive a reasonable standard of care. Court proceedings were commenced and an out of court settlement on our client’s behalf was reached.