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Medical malpractice lawsuit results from penile implant

Michigan readers may have read news coverage of a horrific medical condition experienced by a man who underwent a surgical procedure to install a penile implant. The case has made headlines across the nation, and while the details may make some chuckle, the ordeal has taken a toll on the patient and his family. They are now before a court to argue their medical malpractice case.

The matter began in 2009, when the man had a surgical procedure to install a penile implant. The device is a common treatment for erectile dysfunction, and consists of a three piece set of inflatable tubing. After the procedure, the patient experienced severe swelling of his penis and testicles. Because he was warned by the surgeon that intense swelling was a common post-surgical condition, he did not seek immediate medical treatment.

However, as time went on his condition worsened. At one point, he claims that his testicles swelled to the size of a volleyball. In addition, he suffered from an erection that lasted for approximately eight months.

As a result of his condition, the man was unable to resume his normal activities. Walking and moving became a painful prospect, and there was the embarrassment of having obvious swelling in his genital region. Both his wife and stepson have testified about the difficulties they endured as a result of this medical issue.

As the medical malpractice hearings continue, the court will consider what role the patient, now 44 years old, played in failing to bring the condition to the attention of a doctor sooner. When the implant punctured his scrotum in 2010, he sought emergency medical intervention, and the device was removed. He has since undergone surgery to install a new device, but claims to have lasting medical problems associated with the first implant. Erectile dysfunction is a serious matter that affects many men, in Michigan and across the nation. Those who seek surgical treatment should be able to do so without fear of painful and embarrassing complications.

Source: delawareonline.com, "Eight-month erection due to botched penile implant mortified Delaware family," Esteban Parra, June 13, 2013

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