We have recently settled a claim against Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust after our client suffered injuries following a negligent circumcision.
After having phimosis for approximately six months, which was not improved with the use of prescribed creams, he was subsequently referred by his GP to the urology department at Wexham Park Hospital.
During an appointment, the option of a circumcision was discussed. Our client was informed that the circumcision might impact the look of his penis and that the potential risks included bleeding, pain and infection. However, he was not informed of any alternative treatments to a full circumcision and was not warned that there was a risk that excessive skin might be removed during the course of the procedure or that the difficulty of the procedure might increase due to his weight.
Our client proceeded to undergo the circumcision surgery and was discharged from hospital the next morning. After the operation, he faced severe discomfort and was unable to achieve a normal erection. He has difficulty with urinating and is unable to engage in sexual intercourse in the way he was able to before.
As part of our investigations, we obtained expert evidence which revealed that the circumcision procedure itself had also been carried out poorly. Too much skin had been removed from the penile shaft, resulting in pain and discomfort.
The defendant trust admitted the failings in our client’s care and acknowledged that these led to his subsequent injuries.
As a result of negotiations with the trust, a settlement was reached ensuring that our client will have the funds available to allow him to undergo the reconstructive surgery needed.