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Doctor mistakes man’s left for right testicle during surgery

Perhaps the most devastating consequence of medical and surgical errors in Providence County is the loss of confidence in healthcare providers that the people who suffer through them are left with. It may be understandable that doctors and surgeons will make an occasional error in judgment, yet most would expect them to be able to avoid blatant mistakes like wrong site surgeries. As such issues are typically attributed to a simple lack of planning and verification, one can only assume that surgeons who commit such errors can only claim carelessness as the reason for making them.

A Pennsylvania recently sought action against the surgeon who caused him to join the unenviable fraternity of those who have experienced wrong site surgeries. Instead of removing the atrophied right testicle that had been causing the man so much pain, the doctor who performed his procedure removed the left one. In his defense, the surgeon claimed that the testicle he removed was on the right side of the man’s scrotum, yet the spermatic cord attached to it led to the left side of his body. The man’s attorney refutes this claim, citing the fact that the normal structures of the man’s body would have prevented his testicles from essentially “switching sides.” While the man still experiences pain in his remaining testicle, his experience (coupled with the fact that doing so would require him to need testosterone replacement therapy) has made him hesitant to seek further treatment.

It is perfectly understandable that anyone who has experienced a surgical error would be hesitant to trust in a doctor again. The suffering he or she is forced to endure may serve as a constant reminder fueling that reluctance. Those looking to seek compensation for such suffering may do well to seek out the assistance of an attorney.

Source: The Washington Post “He underwent surgery to remove his right testicle. When he woke up, his left one was missing” Wang, Amy B., June 18, 2017

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