Blundering NHS doctors cut off the testicle of the 62-year-old man after routine surgery to remove swelling went wrong
- Patient had booked 30 minutes to remove swelling known as hydrocele
- He claims that the doctor ran away in his testicle for 24 hours and became infected
- Patient filed a complaint against Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria
A 62-year-old man was left without a testicle after a routine NHS operation, in a blunder that led to an official investigation.
The unnamed man was originally diagnosed with a hydrocele, a common and non-harmful form of swelling in one of his testicles.
He was booked at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, for a 30-minute procedure to clear the lump.
But a mistake from an advisory urologist meant he had to go under the knife a day later to have the whole thing removed.
When he woke up, he was shocked to see that his right testicle was missing – because he claims that he was not told exactly what he was going back to the theater for.
The man was left with a painful bump where the organ took painkillers daily and as a result of the operation.
Doctors had to cut off his testicle after it was infected according to the routine procedure at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria (photo)
A 62-year-old man was left without a testicle after a routine operation to remove swelling (file)
After the first operation by Dr. Ashutosh Jain, a syringe used to drain the fluid remained in his testicle, which he claims had not been checked or emptied for 24 hours.
Doctors rushed him back to the theater for a second operation after the organ became infected.
The man, whose case is being investigated by hospital bosses, said: & I looked down and saw that I missed a testicle.
& # 39; I didn't know what to say; I was just in shock. A consultant took me for an ultrasound and said, "I've never seen such a bloody mess in my life." & # 39;
The patient went to his doctor earlier this year with a painful swelling on his right testicle.
After being referred to the hospital, he was diagnosed with a hydrocele, a swelling that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath around a testicle.
In April, Mr. Jain took the man to the theater at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, to drain the fluid from the testicle.
But when the patient woke up after the operation, he discovered that a drain had been made to remove more fluid.
Although patients can usually go home in the same way as a hydrocele repair, the man had to stay in the hospital for 12 days.
Mr. Jain performed the first procedure, but there is no suggestion that the second doctor did something wrong and the testicle had to be removed due to an infection.
The patient has filed a formal complaint with the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals.
In July the complaint was upgraded to a serious clinical incident and hospital bosses started an investigation that should be completed by the end of October.
UHMBT medical director Shahedal Bari said: “We have spoken and apologized for the delay. We have confirmed that, due to the thoroughness of the investigation that is still ongoing, it is still ongoing.
& # 39; We will keep him informed of the progress of the investigation and after completion we will share the report with him. & # 39;
WHAT IS A HYDROCELE?
A type of scrotal swelling that occurs when fluid accumulates in the thin envelope around a testicle.
Hydrocele is common in newborns and affects around 10 percent, and usually disappears without treatment from the age of one.
Older boys and adult men can develop a hydrocele due to inflammation or injury in the scrotum.
A hydrocele is usually not painful or harmful and may not require treatment.
Usually the only indication of a hydrocele is a painless swelling of one or both testicles.
Adult men with a hydrocele can suffer from the gravity of a swollen scrotum.
Pain usually increases with the size of the inflammation.
Consult your doctor if you or your child is experiencing scrotal swelling.
It is important to exclude other causes of swelling that may require treatment.
Seek medical treatment immediately if you or your child develop sudden, severe scrotum pain or swelling, especially within a few hours of an injury to the scrotum.
These signs and symptoms can occur with a number of conditions, including a blocked blood flow in a twisted testicle (testicular torsion).
Testicular torsion must be treated within a few hours of the onset of signs and symptoms to save the testicle.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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