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Old 09-27-2008, 10:56 PM
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Unhappy Man sues doctors over penis removal

Spencer man sues doctors over penis removal

Lawsuit claims he sought circumcision

By Jason Riley
jriley@courier-journal.comA Kentucky man claims he went to the hospital for a circumcision last October and the doctor instead removed his penis, according to a lawsuit filed against the doctor in Shelby County last week.
Phillip Seaton, 61, alleges that he told Dr. John M. Patterson, an employee of Commonwealth Urology, not to remove anything "but the foreskin on the penis" before the Oct. 19, 2007 procedure, according to the suit.
But Patterson performed the amputation after he believed he found cancer, instead of stopping the procedure and discussing his findings with Seaton and his wife, Deborah, said Kevin George, the Seatons' attorney.
George said that Seaton has been diagnosed with cancer but he and his wife should have been given the opportunity to discuss their options, including getting a second opinion.
"Before someone amputates your penis, you want to be real sure it's necessary," he said.
"You have a right to decide what the doctor is going to do, what kind of treatment it's going to be ? and when it's going to occur," George added. "He was never given a choice."
But Lexington attorney Clay Robinson, who is representing Patterson, issued a statement saying Seaton signed a consent form acknowledging that unforeseen conditions discovered during surgery "may necessitate additional or different procedures."
Robinson said Seaton authorized Patterson to perform any procedures "that in his judgment were needed." During the surgery, Robinson said, Patterson discovered that a portion of Seaton's penis had become cancerous, and he removed the cancer.
"The surgery was medically necessary," Robinson wrote in the statement.
The lawsuit, filed in Shelby Circuit Court on Sept. 15, seeks unspecified damages from Patterson, Commonwealth Urology in Frankfort and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville.
The Seatons, who live in Spencer County, claim that James used a general anesthetic even though Seaton asked that it not be administered -- and that James allowed Patterson to remove Seaton's penis.
James could not be reached for comment.
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and a jury trial.
Reporter Jason Riley can be reached at (502) 582-4727.

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/...WS01/809260465

I think that probably the urologist is legally, not ethically, safe?

What about the anesthesiologist? I think I'll ask the CRNA's....
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Unless there was an immediate risk to the mans life, I don't think they should have performed the whole procedure without consultation!
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Unless there was an immediate risk to the mans life, I don't think they should have performed the whole procedure without consultation!



It's wrong ethically but legally?

The CRNA's say the anesthesiologist is guilty of battery if he didn't consent to general anesthesia.
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That is terrible..... men feel so..... well, attached to their member.....

And that line in the consent should be removed..... something like this should not be done without discussion with the patient.
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To proceed with such dramatic surgery, the patient should have been informed of.

1. Possible cancer diagnosis
2. Possible loss of his penis due to radical surgery and the risks involved with this.

If it were my hubby I would be totally peesed off and very upset!
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That is terrible..... men feel so..... well, attached to their member.....

And that line in the consent should be removed..... something like this should not be done without discussion with the patient.
Though sometimes it can come in handy to be a bit vague and giving that bit of freedom. It has for me, it allowed my surgeon to do more then he had planned to when he got in side my face and saw what he was actually dealing with was very different to what he had expected (and at that point I was over 18 so he needed my consent do do things.)
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ah yes... but your problems are a bit more extensive... and you came OUT of the surgery with all your vital parts intact....

If I went in for a biopsy and came out without say, both breasts.... I would be angry too! An entire penis-ectomy is a bit extreme!
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Poor guy..but is there any info on why he was being circ'd at his age?
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