May 22, 2012

A former Florida man filed a medical malpractice claim in Florida against an anesthesiologist, claiming that the anesthesiologist committed medical malpractice and that the medical negligence resulted in the man having to have his penis surgically amputated. The man claims in his medical malpractice lawsuit that in August, 2007, he had an elective surgical procedure to place a penile implant in order to treat his erectile dysfunction.

The man alleges that his pre-existing medical conditions were not properly considered before he had the surgery and that as a result, complications caused him to need to have his penis amputated. His medical malpractice lawyer claims that on the day of the surgery, the man’s blood sugar level was too high for the surgery to proceed at that time and that his high blood pressure and his serious diabetes should have kept him from being considered an appropriate candidate for the elective surgery.

The anesthesiologist not only cleared the man for surgery, he provided the anesthesia services during the surgery. The man’s medical malpractice attorney charged that the anesthesiologist put his own financial interest in proceeding with the surgery over the safety of his patient (the anesthesiologist evidently owned the anesthesia practice that provided the anesthesia services to the man on the day of his surgery).

The man developed gangrene after the surgery that required that his penis be amputated. As a result of losing his penis, the man cannot have sex with his wife and cannot urinate as a normal man. The man and his wife were later deported to Peru, from which they are participating in their medical malpractice court proceedings via Skype and video.

The anesthesiologist alleges that he was not responsible for the man’s post-surgical care and therefore claims that he is not responsible for the man’s injuries.


Whether one has to undergo emergency surgery or intends to undergo an elective surgical procedure, every patient must rely on the medical competence and the practiced expertise of the entire medical team assembled for surgery, which includes the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, the pre-operative care personnel, the operating room personnel, the recovery room personnel, and the post-operative caregivers. Each such person is a necessary and important participant on the surgical team and each member of  the surgical team relies on the presumption that each will perform his/her duties competently and in a timely fashion — if any one of them fails to provide the required level of care under the circumstances (that is, commits medical malpractice), the result may be devastating or deadly for the patient.

If you, a family member, a co-worker, or a loved one suffered unnecessary injuries (or worse) due to surgical malpractice, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your losses. The prompt advice from a medical malpractice attorney may help you decide whether you wish to pursue a medical malpractice claim for your injuries and losses.

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