NHS doctors mistakenly remove man’s testicle after routine operation to remove swelling went wrong


A PATIENT in hospital for routine surgery ended up losing a testicle.

He had been booked for a 30-minute op to remove swelling from his testicle but a blunder by a consultant urologist meant he had to go back under the knife a day later.


The 62-year patient was horrified to wake up and realise he was missing his right testicle.[/caption]

After the first procedure, a drain was still in his groin area, which he claimed was not checked or emptied for 24 hours.

His testicle became infected and he was taken back into theatre, but ‘not told’ what surgery he was having.

He was horrified to wake up and realise he was missing his right testicle.

The 62-year-old unnamed man, of Barrow, Cumbria, said: “I looked down and saw I was missing a testicle.


“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’.”

He had gone to see his GP earlier this year with a painful swelling on his right testicle.

After being referred to 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 into theatre at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, to drain the fluid from the testicle.

But when the patient woke up after the surgery, he found a drain had been put in to remove more fluid.

There is no suggestion the second doctor – who had to remove the testicle due to infection – did anything wrong.

The patient has lodged a formal complaint to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

UHMBT medical director Shahedal Bari said: “We’ve spoken and apologised for the delay. We have confirmed that due to the thoroughness of the investigation that is taking place, it is still ongoing.

“We will keep him informed as to the progress of the investigation, and once completed we will share the report with him.”

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