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Kaiser Left Man With 80-lb. Scrotum, Suit Says

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) — After a hernia operation at Kaiser, a man's scrotum swelled to 80 pounds, and Kaiser left it that way, he claims in a $1 million lawsuit.

The man and his wife sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and several of its subsidiaries on Thursday, May 19, in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Though the couple identify themselves in the lawsuit, Courthouse News is not using their names due to the sensitive nature of the claims.

In the complaint, the man says he went to Kaiser in May 2011 for testicle pain and was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia, or a hernia in the groin, and had surgery to remove it a few months later.

"Following surgery, plaintiff [name deleted] began to experience significant testicle and scrotal pain and swelling, his scrotum at one point swelling to 80 pounds and over 48" in diameter," the complaint states.

Though he went back to Kaiser and sought treatment, they did nothing for him for almost three years. Fed up, he switched to a different doctor who immediately sent him to a specialist, who performed corrective surgery in June 2014, according to the complaint.

Thanks to Kaiser, the man claims, he lost his left testicle, is now sterile, and has suffered emotional distress. His wife, among other things, lost the ability to conceive a child with him, the complaint states.

The couple seeks $1 million non-economic damages for medical malpractice and loss of consortium. The patient additionally wants reimbursement of past and future medical expenses and $77,760 in lost wages.

They are represented by Eric Hanson with Hanson, Hanson & Quist.

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