Updated: November 3, 2011 10:11AM
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — The dispute between a Kentucky man and a surgeon over the necessity of amputating the patient’s penis during surgery in 2008 is set to go to trial this week.
The doctor maintains he found cancer in the man’s penis during surgery and that it had to be removed, according to the physician’s attorney. The patient claims the surgery was supposed to be a circumcision and he never authorized the amputation, nor was he given a chance to seek a second opinion.
Jury selection begins Thursday in the lawsuit brought by Phillip Seaton of Waddy and his wife, Deborah, against Dr. John Patterson of Louisville. Attorneys hope to start opening statements that afternoon.
The Seatons sued Patterson in 2008 after an operation that resulted in the amputation.
Seaton, now in his 60s, was having the procedure on Oct. 19, 2007, to better treat inflammation.
The lawsuit alleges Patterson removed Seaton’s penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton.