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Penile-Implant Mess Brings Couple to Court

BALTIMORE (CN) - Blaming his urologist in court for botching his penile implant procedure and maiming his member, a man named Willie says he will never have sex again.

Though Willie and his wife give their last name in the complaint they filed Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Courthouse News has redacted it because of the sensitive nature of the claims.

They say it was surgeon Christen Alevizatos who recommended back in 2011 that Willie be outfitted wit ha three-piece hydraulic penile implant, the AMS 700 LGX.

Alevizatos allegedly measured Willie and "determined he needed a 21 cm cylinder for length with 6 cm bilateral rear tip extenders," the complaint states.

On May 21, one day after his surgery, Willie "had a very painful penis," according to the complaint.

Willie says "inflation of the implant" revealed "that the cylinder was too long as it would protrude at his glans penis."

Alevizatos ultimately decided on Aug. 30, 2011, to replace Willie's implant with the CX model, of the same measurements as the first model.

Though the doctor allegedly learned a few days later that his diabetic patient's cultures were positive for bacteria, he did not administer intravenous antibiotics.

Willie says pain and swilling persisted, but Alevizatos still did not begin IV antibiotic therapy.

In February 2012 another doctor performed a "salvage irrigation procedure," in which the device was removed, the wound irrigated with antibiotics and the prosthesis replaced, according to the complaint.

The new device was allegedly a little smaller with a 20 cm cylinder and 5 cm rear extender tips.

Pain from the infection continued to bother Willie, however, so he had the implant removed.

"Today, [Willie] is without an implant and has been unable to obtain an erection or have sex for almost three years," according to the complaint. "Further, his penis is dramatically shortened due to the number of surgeries he has undergone and he will never be able to have sexual intercourse again."

Willie and his wife seek damages for negligence from Alevizatos, Chesapeake Urology Associates and the Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland.

They are represented by attorney Julia Arfaa.

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