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Sat Jun 10, 2017, 08:20 PM

Lost testicle due to

Blood flow cut off during hernia repair.

Still not back to work, surgeon blamed previous hernia repair.
So, I have an appointment with a lawyer to discuss
malpractice.
Any advice?

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DiverDave Jun 2017 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2017 #1
elleng Jun 2017 #2
Docreed2003 Jun 2017 #3
DiverDave Jun 2017 #5
Docreed2003 Jun 2017 #6
FM123 Jun 2017 #4
Warpy Jun 2017 #7
DiverDave Jun 2017 #8

Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 08:22 PM

1. The lawyer's advice is the only advice that's really worth anything.

Be sure you have all your medical records is the only thing I can suggest.

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Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 08:25 PM

2. Ask all questions that occur to you,

and do NOT be afraid of getting second opinions, from doctors AND lawyers. Rely on YOUR sense of logic.

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Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 09:15 PM

3. Did the surgeon address the risk of tesicle loss prior to surgery?

It's always a risk in inguinal hernia surgery, a very low risk, but it's something I always discuss with patients prior to surgery. A recurrent hernia repair increases that risk because of scaring.

Im sorry for this struggle you're going through. If I can be of any assistance I'd be happy to help.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 10:56 PM

5. no

Then when I repeatedly called, and was seen by her nurse, was told that I had nothing to worry about.
After 4 calls/visits, they scheduled an ultrasound.
Where they found a blood starved testicle.
Oh, the pain was pretty bad.

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Response to DiverDave (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 11:19 PM

6. I can't imagine how painful.

Inguinal hernia surgeries are probably one of the more common things I deal with, and risk to the testicle is always something that should be addressed with the patient preoperatively and suspected after surgery if the patient has severe testicular pain. In my career, I've lost one testicle, and that was a huge strangulated hernia and the hernia sac had torsed the vessels before we even got in to the case.

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Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 09:17 PM

4. Get a notebook

Start writing everything down - sometimes these things take much longer than anticipated and details begin to fade over time. Good luck, please take care.

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Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 11:51 PM

7. Get your medical records

It might cost you but it is worth it.

Then contact an attorney specializing in medical malpractice. Be aware that their contingency fee is generally 30-40% of any judgment against the provider.

No one here is qualified to give you any other advice. The attorney will decide whether or not you have a case.

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Response to DiverDave (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 10:56 AM

8. I saw a malpractice lawyer

And he needs to have an independent look-see. I understand that this is a process.
I have a small hernia that was discovered at the ultrasound that discovered the dead testicle.
I have an appointment Monday with a different general surgeon.
I am going to have to go back to work.
I live in my truck, and have been paying 500+ per week for a long stay motel.
If he doesn't release me, I will no longer be able to pay my bills AND the hotel.
So, homeless...
I have responded to 50 or more Craigslist ads.
No one wants a guy just out of surgery.
Depression is creeping in.

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