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Surgeon gives patient a vasectomy by mistake

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3180 (Published 08 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3180
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A surgeon in Liverpool has been suspended from operating pending an investigation, after a man who was booked for a minor urological operation was given a vasectomy instead.

Surgeons performed a reversal, but it is not yet certain whether the procedure, which has a success rate of only around 55%, has been effective.

“Never events”—identified by NHS England as “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents …

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