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Tampa man claims malpractice over botched penile implant

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A prosthetic implant, meant to help a 78-year-old Tampa man with erectile dysfunction, was botched by a urologist who had previous malpractice accusations.

Osvaldo Padron, 53, is a member of Florida Urology Partners, which operates in 15 different offices throughout Hillsborough County.

In November 2014, Stewart Wheaton went to Pardon for a consultation regarding his erectile difficulty. After acquiring medical history, Pardon examined Wheaton and determine the best course of action would be a three-piece penile prosthesis.

The doctor didn’t offer Wheaton any alternatives to the invasive procedure.

On Jan. 19, 2015, the implant was inserted and postoperative complications arose. Wheaton suffered infection, disfigurement, pain, and inability to urinate properly among other issues. Extra hospital bills and nursing care were also incurred by Wheaton to treat the post-op issues.

Wheaton is now suing Pardon on one count of negligence. The suit, filed Oct. 19, claims Pardon failed to properly diagnose and treat his patient. He also failed to provide proper care and skill when treating Wheaton and “deviated from the accepted standard of care in one or more of the following respects …” The “accepted standard of care” the suit refers to is the general practice of offering multiple options to patients.

Wheaton is suing Florida Urology Partners for vicarious liability of Pardon.

The Mayo Clinic describes a three-piece penile implant as an inflatable device that consists of two cylinders, a fluid reservoir and a pump. An implant is considered when medication or use of a vacuum constriction device fails, or the patient isn’t a candidate for those alternatives.

Risks include infection, implant problems, and internal erosion or adhesion.

To treat any post-op infection, the implant must be removed. The Mayo Clinic also explains a typical visit before the procedure would include a medical history review and a physical exam.

BayLawsuits notes Pardon has been sued for malpractice in 2007, 2011, and 2015. The 2011 case is still ongoing. In that case, he performed a sacropexy on a woman who suffered from urinary incontinence. The procedure resulted in severe pain which she claimed makes everyday activities, like walking, sitting, and standing nearly impossible.

Other doctors working the case concluded that Pardon had indeed messed up the procedure.

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