OU/WB School of Medicine, Division of Vascular Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich and Michigan State University College of Law, Royal Oak, Mich.
Endovascular technology continues to improve for the treatment of vascular disease. However, application of these technologies without first obtaining proper informed consent may result in medicalmalpractice litigation. Similarly, use of these technologies without proper government and/or hospital approval may result in both criminal and/or civil liability. Care must be taken when pushing the envelope of endovascular interventions.