Failure to remove fragment from penile implant
A 53-year-old Arizona man sued his urologist for failing to remove a fragment of an old penile implant while he was performing surgery to replace the implant. The patient claimed the fragment caused him to develop an infection, which necessitated removal of the replacement implant. He alleged he will have erectile dysfunction for life as a result of the urologist’s negligence.
The urologist denied the allegations and questioned whether the retained fragment was even left by him. The urologist’s infectious disease expert opined that the fragment did not cause the infection.
The patient’s infectious disease expert stated that the fragment did in fact cause the infection. There were arguments on both sides as to whether the patient would be a candidate for a future penile implant. The jury returned a defense verdict.
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