Penile injuries can be just as damaging psychologically as they are physically. Surgical operations to the penis can be done for erectile dysfunction, cosmetic reasons, or to treat more serious diseases like penile cancer. When those operations go wrong, it can leave the man permanently disfigured and lead to impotency.
Malpractice Lawsuit After Penis Amputation
Last month, we mentioned a botched penile augmentation procedure that resulted in permanent scarring and removal of the victim’s testicle. However, not all penile surgeries are done for cosmetic reasons.
Enrique Milla went to a doctor in Miami for erectile dysfunction treatment. According to Milla, the doctor suggested an implant surgery, which was something he could afford. After the surgery, Milla developed an infection in the area of the incision. Nine days after the surgery, Milla had to have his penis amputated. Milla filed a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, which was settled out of court.
Child Injured After Circumcision Procedure
Penile disfigurement can be traumatizing for adult men but it can be more tragic for a young child. A couple in Miami filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the OB/GYN who performed their son’s circumcision. According to the parents, a botched procedure left their son with an unsightly and scarred penis. The lawsuit alleges the circumcision was so poorly performed that corrective surgery may not correct the problems.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin covering the tip of the penis. Circumcisions are generally performed based on religious, cultural, or a regional basis. They are more uncommon in Europe but almost universal in the Middle East and much of Africa. The rate of circumcisions in the U.S. has been declining but are still a common procedure for newborn males.
The parents were concerned after the procedure but told that the child would grow into it. However, at about 2 ½ years in age, when they took their child in for a check-up, they were told to consult a urologist. The child underwent corrective surgery but the parents say the penis is still unsightly and permanently scarred. The lawsuit seeks damages to provide counseling for the child to deal with the penile trauma.
Delayed Penile Cancer Diagnosis
Last year, we wrote about a $3.75 million verdict for the victim who was forced to undergo a preventable penectomy after doctors failed to diagnose penile cancer. A man in North Carolina faced a similar tragic event after doctors failed to diagnose penile cancer. Keith Jackson reported urinary tract infections, severe pain, and a swollen lesion on his penis that began to bleed. However, the medical staff dismissed the issue as likely to be a sexually transmitted disease.
A few months later, and the lesion was still there. Medical staff again examined the sore, and he was prescribed more antibiotics and sent away. It was not until later that a biopsy was finally taken of the lesion, and doctors informed him he had cancer. Doctors gave him imiquimod cream to treat the cancer, but Jackson said it did not work, and he was taken in for surgery. When Jackson woke up from the surgery, he found that most of his penis had been removed.
Surgical Scarring and Performance
Penile surgery gone wrong can not only lead to scarring and infection, it can also cause performance issues. If you believe that you were the victim of malpractice, the Gilman & Bedigian legal team can answer your questions and concerns. To speak with a member of our personal injury team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.