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.



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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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