NHS Pays Out £1million in Compensation to Men Who Have Had the Wrong Testicle Removed

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NHS Pays Out £1million in Compensation to Men Who Have Had the Wrong Testicle Removed
More than £1million in damages have been paid out by the NHS to men who have had the wrong testicle removed by surgeons.
In the last four years there have been 56 successful claims made by men who have been affected by medical blunders, according to the National Health Service Litigation Authority.
In most cases the men didn't need surgery at all and in others surgeons also had to remove the second testicle.
The NHS normally pays out around £20,000 if the wrong testicle has been removed.
Roger Goss, co-director of Patient Concern, told The Sun: 'It is amazing that surgeons don't always take enough care to guarantee that they are removing the correct testicle.
'Despite the huge total compensation bill, individual payments sound modest for wrecking men's lives.'
According to the figures £1.3million has been paid out since 2009.
Men who have been left infertile can be rewarded up to £70,000.
But the most common reason for payouts is when doctors misdiagnose testicular torsion — where the tubes inside the body get twisted, cutting off the blood supply.
Other claims result from hernia operations where the blood supply to the testicle is accidentally cut off.

Testicular cancer affects one man in 450 before the age of 50 and is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 45.

The number of cases in the UK has doubled in the past 40 years and around 2,200 new cases are diagnosed each year.
There are various different types of testicular cancer, 90 per cent of which affect men under the age of 55.

The survival rate has risen every year since the 1970s and is now around 97 per cent, provided it is treated early.
 
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