A British man scheduled to undergo surgery may be unable to have children after doctor operated on the "wrong site."
"We can confirm a patient who was scheduled to have a different minor urological procedure was wrongly given a vasectomy," Royal Liverpool University Hospital medical director Dr. Peter Williams said. "We have apologized unreservedly to the patient and we are offering him our full support."
The hospital is investigating how the anonymous patient was given the wrong surgery.
Lawyers said the patient could receive a six-figure settlement.
While vasectomies are considered permanent birth control, it is possible to surgically reverse the procedure. The Houston Fertility Institute estimates the success rate of vasectomy reversal at 40-50%.
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