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Connecticut urologist costs man a testicle in botched procedure

The decision to have a vasectomy may not be easy. Someone in Connecticut choosing to go through with the procedure may understandably have concerns regarding if the surgery is safe. While many men undergo the process without incident, that was not the case for one patient at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

A routine vasectomy involves cutting the vas deferens, a portion of which should be sent to pathology to determine that the surgery went according to standards. However, a Connecticut doctor learned through pathology that during one man’s procedure, he cut something other than the vas deferens. The report from pathology stated the item in question was consistent with a medium-sized vein, and it turns out that vein was the left testicle’s artery.

This botched surgery, which took place in 2013, caused the patient what he called unrelenting pain. A few days following the incident, the man went to the emergency room where an ultrasound showed that the left testicle was suffering from a lack of blood. As a result, the testicle was removed. Unfortunately, that second surgery led to an infection that required months of additional medical attention.

The Connecticut claims commissioner granted the man and his wife to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the claim, the man pointed out that he has suffered psychological trauma in addition to the physical effects of the error. The judge awarded the patient $336,249 and granted his wife $50,000 for loss of consortium. People who have questions concerning medical malpractice should consult with an attorney.

Source: Connecticut Law Tribune, “Plaintiff Collects $386,000 After Botched Vasectomy,” Christian Nolan, Dec. 2, 2015

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