Seen One Testicle, Seen ‘Em All

I always get a cheap thrill from a weird news story. Today, I read about a man who is suing the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital Medical Center for removing the wrong testicle. Instead of removing a potentially cancerous testicle that was “atrophied and painful,” the doctors removed the other one. Oops!

“At first I thought it was a joke,” Houghton told the Los Angeles Times. “Then I was shocked. I told them, ‘What do I do now?’”

I guess you would have to assume it was a joke. However, this sort of mistake happens often enough to require a universal protocol (which is evidently not fool-proof). So here  is a list  of tips for avoiding ‘wrong site surgery.’

I would also suggest a little flag that says “THIS ONE GOES!” or something similar.

Doctors! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

  

  

One Response to “Seen One Testicle, Seen ‘Em All”

  1. Suebob Says:

    My cat could live without them – why can’t he?

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