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Man files lawsuit after wrong testicle removed during surgery


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 27, 2013 in Surgical Errors

Undergoing a surgical procedure can be an upsetting and stressful event. Not only is a person worried about the health issues that require the surgery, but being anesthetized and operated on is a very real cause of anxiety that many people in Connecticut experience. In general, operations are successful and surgeons provide an appropriate and standard level of care during a procedure. However, there are times when this is not the case and surgical errors are made.

One type of error that is made all too often is when a doctor removes or operates on the wrong body part. It would seem simple enough for a surgeon to be sure that he or she performs the correct procedure on the correct part, but the fact is that these mistakes happen more often than people may think.

For example, one man recently underwent a surgical procedure to have a cancerous testicle removed. Doctors were not supposed to operate on the healthy testicle, but doctors made a devastating mistake. During surgery, the healthy testicle was accidentally removed. Once the realized they had made a mistake, doctors removed the cancerous testicle and tried unsuccessfully to reattach the healthy one.

Doctors informed the man of their mistake after the surgery. The 48-year-old patient was understandably upset and is fearful that he will not be able to have children now. He filed a lawsuit against the hospital, who admits the doctor made a tragic and regrettable mistake.

It is not uncommon for a mistake to be made during an operation. A surgical error can be minor and completely fixable or it can put a patient's life in danger. Some mistakes have no effect on a person afterwards, while others can leave a permanent and devastating mark on a victim of this type of medical negligence.

Source: Opposing Views, "Doctors Remove Wrong Testicle During Cancer Surgery," Ashley Davis, Feb. 25, 2013