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Botched circumcision leaves patient without penis

| Jul 31, 2014 | Surgical Errors

Circumcision, the removal of the foreskin on a penis, is usually done on male babies in Houston. Occasionally, though, the procedure is done on adult males who have infections or other medical conditions that warrant the small surgery. In Houston, many males have the procedure done each year with little incident. However, in a recent news report out of Birmingham, a man claims his entire penis was removed during a circumcision surgical error.

The Birmingham man underwent a circumcision operation to avoid a potential infection because of a particular medical condition. After the patient woke up from surgery, he realized that his penis was missing and that the doctor had performed more than a circumcision on him. The patient says he is in incredible pain and has filed a malpractice lawsuit against his medical team.

When a routine surgery goes wrong families, patients are likely to be angry and wonder what happened to cause such an injury. If it was caused by a surgical mistake, compensation may be available for victims and their families. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help families determine what caused the surgery to go wrong and who should be responsible for the results. They can review medical records and pathology reports in order to see if the negligence could have been prevented. Although all surgeries involve some degree of risk, unwarranted negligence can occur under some circumstances. It is important to hold negligent medical professionals accountable so that they don’t harm anyone else.

Houston residents who undergo surgery may feel trepidation prior to a procedure. Most procedures are done without incident, but when negligence does occur, medical professionals need to be held accountable. The law is there to protect victims of medical malpractice and their families.

Source: ABC 33/40, “Birmingham man says penis mistakenly amputated during circumcision operation, files lawsuit,” Venton Blandin, July 24, 2014

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