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Daniel Metzgar Sues Doctor Over Eight-Month Erection

Daniel Metzgar claims he had an erection that lasted about eight months. He blames the prolonged erection on a penile implant surgery gone wrong by a urologist, Dr. Thomas J. Desperito, in Wilmington, Del., in December 2009.

Metzgar's medical malpractice lawsuit against Desperito went to trial this week in New Castle County Superior Court, notes

Metzgar’s attorney, Michael Heyden, claims the everlasting erection hampered the 41-year-old truck driver from normal activity such as riding a motorcycle and attending family events.

Desperito’s attorney, Colleen Shields, said on Monday that Metzgar should have known something was wrong after his scrotum swelled to the size of a volleyball, but failed to notify Dr. Desperito for four months.

However, Metzgar claims he was told by Desperito that there would be swelling, so he thought it was normal.

Shields insisted that four months after the surgery, Desperito told Metzgar the implant had to be removed when Metzgar was found to have an infection and an erection was not going away.

Metzgar lost his health insurance after the original procedure and said  he could not afford the $10,000 that Desperito said he was charging for the removal surgery.

However, Shields insists that Desperito does not personally deal with the financial part of his surgeries.

The implant was finally removed in August 2010 after some tubing inside the device punctured Metzgar's scrotum during a family vacation.

“I could hardly dance, with an erection poking my partner,” Metzgar told jurors Monday. “It’s not something you want to bring out at parties and show to friends."

Metzgar testified that he has a new penile implant from another doctor and the scar tissue from the first surgery greatly reduced his penis size and sensation.



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