A Kelowna man is suing after surgery to correct a mountain bike injury that caused a “deformed penis”.
The man, identified as John Doe, filed a lawsuit in British Columbia Supreme Court on April 11 against Kelowna General Hospital and a surgeon, who will be referred to as “The Doctor,” to protect his privacy.
In the spring of 2020, Doe tore a ligament in his penis while mountain biking, causing the penis to bend slightly to the right.
He claimed that despite his curves, he was able to maintain an erection and have sex without pain.
Doe then sought surgery to fix the curve. He claims doctors told him he would have “suspension attachment surgery” to correct the right lean.
Doe said he was told doctors had only performed one operation on a cadaver before.
A few days before the surgery, Doe went to the hospital and spoke with a nurse.
He claims nurses told him he was scheduled for “split surgery,” to which Doe responded that he shouldn’t have had that kind of surgery.
The nurse told Doe that he should contact the doctor to discuss surgery.
Doe claims he called the doctor’s office but never got a call back.
On the day of the surgery, April 27, 2021, Doe claimed he asked to speak with a doctor before the procedure.
He was then “wheeled into an operating room with numerous nurses and he was not warned,” the lawsuit says. Doe was “extremely embarrassed and ashamed” by the nurses in the operating room.
Next, Doe said he was “at a loss what to do in preparation for surgery.”
Then, the doctor walked into the room, and Doe claims he told the doctor he had done the procedure wrong. The suit says Doe told doctors he disagreed with the procedure being done.
“Plaintiff began to cry, and the next thing he knew he was waking up in the recovery room with his penis bandaged,” the lawsuit reads.
Doe claims he was shocked and disturbed when he found out doctors had performed a split operation instead of a ligament reset.
Doe is suing for damages over the “distortion” of his penis. He has since undergone additional surgery to repair “the damage done to his penis”.
Doe claimed he continued to suffer from pain and emotional distress and was unable to get an erection or have sexual intercourse.
The lawsuit also names general damages, special damages, and past and future health care costs for hospitals and physicians.
The Canadian Medical Protection Association (CMPA) is a defense organization dedicated to advising and assisting Canadian physicians in medical legal matters. The association also represents physicians to compensate patients harmed by negligent medical care.
CMPA’s Noella LeBlanc said they are unable to comment on individual doctors or cases and we are unable to provide interviews at this time.
“As a mutual defense organization, we support members in ensuring they receive fairness and due process and provide them with moral advocacy when needed. In the case of civil litigation, if experts believe that the standard of care has not been met and that failure harms the patient , we will promptly and appropriately compensate patients or their families.”
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