Botched surgeries cost 40 UK men their testicles

Sam Downing, ninemsn
12:17pm February 21, 2014

The UK's National Health Service has paid out $1.5 million dollars in the last two years to almost 40 men who had a testicle surgically removed for no good reason.

Most of the 38 men would likely still have both testicles had they been correctly diagnosed or treated in time, reports MailOnline.

But some of the men mistakenly had the wrong testicle surgically removed — meaning they required another operation to remove their second testicle when the doctor's blunder was discovered.

On average, each victim received around $39,000 in compensation.

But men who had both testicles removed received up to $130,000 because the mistake left them infertile and unable to get an erection.

Most of the cases resulted from misdiagnoses of testicular torsion, a condition where the tubes inside the body become twisted, cutting off blood supply to the testicles and causing excruciating pain.

One man received $44,000 in compensation because his right testicle, which felt hard, turned gangrenous after his doctor sent him home with antibiotics.

Another man, who received $28,000, was not properly examined by medical staff when he complained about lower abdominal pain after playing in a football match.

A $130,000 payout was given to a man diagnosed with testicular cancer who mistakenly had his healthy testicle removed.

In other claims, blood supply was inadvertently cut off to one of the men's testicles while they were undergoing hernia operations.

Having one testicle removed does not generally affect a man's overall testosterone levels, sex drive or fertility levels.

However, having both removed will severely impact testosterone levels and can lead to a host of health problems.

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