4 Totally True Stories Of Routine Surgeries Gone Terribly Wrong

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We’ve all heard them -- those urban legends of people going in for routine surgeries and coming out missing limbs or looking like Frankenstein. But those can’t be true, can they? Well, maybe not, but here are some examples of 100% true stories of doctors making some big big mistakes.

That time doctors left 16 surgical tools inside a patient

At 74, a German man diagnosed with prostate cancer underwent what was supposed to be a fairly simple procedure. The surgery  itself seemed to go well (emphasis on seemed), however a few months down the line, he noticed the pain around the site of the operation was increasing -- and that was not supposed to happen. When he saw a piece of gauze seeping through one of his wounds, he decided he should probably go back to the hospital to get it checked out.

What doctors learned stunned everyone.

Apparently the surgical team had left not one, not two, not three, not even ten...but SIXTEEN things inside his body before they sewed him back up. Some of those things included an entire roll of bandages, part of a surgical mask, more gauze pads, and even a needle.

It’s bad enough that it took two surgeries to get all of it out, but the worst part is, the doctors that operated on him that day refused to even acknowledge that they did anything wrong, and claimed the items must have made their way inside him after the surgery. Right. Totally believable.

“Just shave a little off the front…”

Apparently uneven nostrils are a big concern for some people. This was especially true for a 35 year-old Oklahoma man who sought out one of the “best” plastic surgeons in the country to reshape his. The procedure was a fairly straightforward one, and the man was pleased with his new nose when it was all over...but a few weeks later, he returned to that same doctor because he was having some trouble breathing through it. Well, you could say the surgeon had a difficult time fixing the issue, because it took 22 SEPARATE PROCEDURES before the man’s nose ultimately became so infected that it had to be removed completely. Now all that’s left of it is a small hole covered by some flesh that has to be propped open using a straw so the man can breathe. Lesson learned: two uneven nostrils are better than one hole in the middle of your face.

The man who could defecate and pass gas through his urethra

When one Delaware man was admitted to the hospital for diverticulitis -- a condition that can cause painful holes to form within the colon wall, he had no idea what was about to happen next. Doctors decided the best course of action was to remove part of his colon using a procedure known as a colostomy, which, even when done right, causes some “less than desirable” lifestyle changes after the fact (the contents of your colon get emptied into a small bag surgically attached to your colon). When it’s done wrong, well...you become the butt (no pun intended) of what might seem like a terribly cruel joke shared amongst medical professionals.

At some point during the surgical procedure, doctors made a terrible mistake. Instead of attaching the man’s healed colon back to his anus following the colostomy, they attached it to his bladder.

You don’t need a medical degree to figure out what that did. He now defacated, and passed gas out of his urethra. Yes, you read that correctly.

Not only was he at a high risk for infection, but he had to painfully live this way for two entire weeks before the mistake was corrected.

Oh, you wanted to keep that?

Guys -- pick one body part you would never ever ever want to lose no matter what.

Okay, got it? Well, that’s the part one 67 year-old man lost when he went under the knife for a procedure that was supposed to rid him of the cancer in his bladder.

Apparently the medical professionals operating on him thought they should remove his penis and testicles because, well, there was a chance the cancer had spread there. Now, it would be one thing if the man was warned before the operation that this would be a possibility, but of course, that wasn’t the case. They went ahead and made the decision to remove it for him. And believe it or not, that’s not even the worst part of the whole ordeal.

Apparently the operators didn’t even check to see if the cancer had spread to the man’s penis. They just went ahead and removed it. By the time he woke up, it was too late to reattach it, but it wasn’t too late to run some tests on it to see if it was cancerous. When the results came back, they found that his member was 100% cancer-free. That man is now suing the hospital for 5 million dollars.