While I completely agree that any surgery involves risk, this was a post-op issue. The nurse would've been removing the wires on his/her own, like when they remove a central line. These are considered low-risk procedures--but, as with Armstrong, there can be problems. The nurses are trained to recognize possible complications, and from the article I don't think any nurse did anything wrong. I do think the doctor(s) made the wrong call, initially taking him to the catheterization lab instead of the OR. But even so, I think that in the moment, when the scope of the problem was unknown, they surely believed they were doing the right thing. The lawsuit--I agree with you.