Bil Browning

Doc Cuts Off Man's Penis During Circumcision

Filed By Bil Browning | August 18, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: botched circumcision, circumcised penis, cut off penis, Kentucky, medical malpractice, removing penis

Well, here's a story you don't hear every day... A man in his circumcision.jpg60's went to the doctor for a circumcision to treat inflammation but when he awoke after surgery he found that the doc had cut off his entire penis.

The dispute between a Kentucky man and a surgeon over the necessity of amputating the patient's penis during surgery in 2008 is set to go to trial this week.

The doctor maintains he found cancer in the man's penis during surgery and that it had to be removed, according to the physician's attorney. The patient claims the surgery was supposed to be a circumcision and he never authorized the amputation, nor was he given a chance to seek a second opinion.

I'm not sure I really need to say too much more on this one. I'd be suing too.


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Well, it’s really only been since the 1970s that things like sexual health started to be discussed openly. It started with women’s health care needs not being met at all. They’re still being addressed slowly. Men’s sexual health care needs like prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction have been taboo until only very recently. And sadly, penectomy's due to cancer occur every year. But no one ever talks about it. Accidental penectomys and penile avulsions occur all the time but once again no one talks about it…unless someone gets litigious about it.

The gentelman who is suing his doctor? He’ll lose because he had cancer.

Oh, the sad bit is that the typical 'accidental amputation' during circumcision is mostly on new borns.

There'd better be documentation, including lab tests, that "prove" that a penile cancer necessitated a penectomy.

I wouldn't be so sure. First, the doctor should have informed him that he found the cancer and then discussed treatment options. Penectomy is the most drastic of them, but it's also possible to remove a tumor of the penis through various forms of surgery. Regardless, a doctor can't force a patient to accept a treatment.