Posted on May 07, 2014

One man got much more than he had come in for at his hospital. His surgeons did not double check their records and gave him the wrong procedure.

Fox news reports on the accidental vasectomy.

A man who went into the hospital for a small, routine procedure was shocked afterwards to find out that his surgeons had accidentally performed a vasectomy on him. 

“The patient was scheduled to undergo a minor urological procedure, but doctors carried out the operation on the ‘wrong site,’ and the man was ultimately given a vasectomy by accident. It appears that the surgeon didn’t follow the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist when performing the operation. The surgeon responsible for the incident has been suspended, pending the results of an internal investigation,” according to Fox.

A vasectomy is considered an extremely serious procedure, especially for men who are planning on having children in the future as this severs that possibility.

Fox explains, “A vasectomy is a procedure that involves severing or blocking a man’s vasa deferens – the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the penis.  Doctors have been trying to reverse the botched procedure, as these tubes can sometimes be reconnected through a vasovasostomy, but the patient must wait see if he is still capable of having children. The hospital claims that this is only their second ‘never event’ – a medical mistake that should never occur.  The first incident occurred in 2011, when a patient had the wrong teeth removed by accident.  Now, the facility may face a six figure compensation claim for the wrongful vasectomy.”

The medical director of the hospital issued a statement saying, “We can confirm a patient who was scheduled to have a different minor urological procedure was wrongly given a vasectomy. We have apologized unreservedly to the patient, and we are offering him our full support. We greatly regret the distress this has caused him.”

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