Over 100 men have lost testicles because of NHS blunders
According to figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), over the past five years, 109 men have had testicles removed by mistake.
Most cases are due to delayed diagnosis of illnesses, which if caught sooner would have saved the testicle.
However there are a few cases where doctors have removed healthy testicles by accident and have had to operate again to remove the other when their mistake was discovered.
In 2013 one man was left unable to father children when a surgeon removed his healthy testicle, rather than the cancerous one.
The surgeon realised his mistake 40 minutes into surgery and the health testicle was frozen whilst a plastic surgeon was rushed in to try and undo the damage.
The most common reason for testicle removal is the misdiagnosis of testicular torsion. This is when the tubes that supply blood to the testicles get twisted and stop the circulation.
If not diagnosed quickly the testicle can die within a few hours.
Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “It is very worrying and obviously distressing for those directly involved.”
The NHSLA usually pays around £20,000 in compensation to men they have left as monorchids, the medical term for having one testicle. However, the figures do show cases where one man received £70,000.
In total the NHSLA have paid out £2.2 million for these types of blunders in just five years.
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