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Facts about Stent Placement and Filing for Disability

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1) Stent placement is used to support the opening of an organ, body cavity, or bodily orifice. In cancer patients, a stent placement is oftentimes used to manage obstructions.

2) Stent placement can be used for a variety of medical reasons. Some of the most often used stent placements are coronary stents (angioplasty), urethral or prostatic stents, ureteral stents, vascular stents, peripheral vascular (peripheral artery angioplasty), oesophageal stents, colonic stents, biliary stents, and pancreatic stents.

3) The term stent as used to describe this medical practice is believed to come from a variety of conflicting sources. Some believe it is related to the use of stenting in garment-making. Others give credit to a dentist, Charles Stent, who created a dental impression used for a facial reconstruction in 1856.

4) A bare-metal stent is a wire tube that is mesh-like in appearance, and does not have an outer coating of any kind. Bare-metal stents were the first type of stents used and were originally only created with stainless steel, though cobalt chromium alloy is the newest type of material being used for bare metal stents.

5) Although bare-mental stents were the first type of stents used by the medical community, drug-eluting stents have been proven to be superior in research involving narrow coronary arteries.

6) Drug-eluting stents (DES) are bare metal stents that are coated, usually with polymer. This outer coating is an adhesive for antiproliferative and immunosupressant drugs.

7) Many drugs have been clinically approved for use in DES, including Taxus, Xience V, Endeavour, and Cypher. There are also several drugs that have been approved for use with DES outside of the United States, such as ARTAX, BioMatrix, Axxion, and Infinnium. New drugs are currently being tested for use with drug-eluting stents.

Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.

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