Mistake by the National Health Services Has Left A 20 Year Old University Student with Only One Testicle



A student in the United Kingdom, in severe pain as result of having his his right testicle removed by NHS medics.
Ryan, a 20 year university old student, found errors after an investigation in the care he was given by GPs and hospital medics.



It was reported that the student woke up the early hours of the morning complaining of pain in his right testicle and lower abdomen, called the NHS line  and was directed to see his GP.

After making several calls to his surgery from 8am, he was not given a call back until 11am because of his patient medical record complications.

After he was seen by his GP, who instantly suspected a “testicular torsion”, he was referred to Accident and Emergency.

A few hours later, Ryan was diagnosed with inflammation of the testis, and was given a supply of antibiotics but the pain continued. He was then seen by another GP who referred him to the urology emergency clinic at a local hospital.

Ryan was yet again diagnosed with suspected testicular torsion and later that same day, went under anaesthetic for his testicle to be screened.

He later underwent a surgery and had his right testicle removed due to lack of blood supply which had caused tissue death.

After an investigation conducted by HSIB into his treatment, it was found that questions used by call handlers for the NHS 111 were not good enough for spotting testicular torsion.

Ryan said: "Experiencing testicular torsion and then having an operation to remove my testicle has had a big impact on my life”
"At the time, I felt really distressed at the intense pain and not knowing what was wrong.

"After the operation, I was frustrated that there had been delays in my care and that I had to miss so much of my university studies.

"I now worry about the future - the effect it could have on my fertility and asking myself if I want to go through another surgery to have a prosthetic fitted.

"This is my personal experience, but I think that torsion itself and then losing a testicle could affect a man's well-being in so many ways.


"I was really glad HSIB looked at my case in depth. I had the opportunity to tell my story and have been involved all the way through the investigation."


It was later revealed that these have now been amended to increase detection in men up to the age of 25, along with other recommendations.
"'Testicular torsion is a time critical condition where rapid surgery can prevent significant complications.

"Torsion may also mimic other conditions, making it difficult for health professionals to tell between different causes of testicular pain.

"Our investigation makes recommendations that will help health professionals to make the right decision at the right time to ensure access to rapid surgery where necessary." HSIB director of investigations and an NHS consultant, Dr Stephen Drage, stated. 



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