Doctors have been left in shock after removing a 2-foot mobile phone charging cable from a 30-year-old man’s urinary bladder after operating on his stomach at first.
The patient whose mental stability has been put to a question had told the doctors that he had swallowed the cable through his mouth but the doctors found out the cable had entered the bladder through the penis.
In a Facebook post by one of the surgeons who operated on the man, Wallie Islam, said the patient was complaining of stomach aches and reported that he had a history of accidentally ingesting headphones.
“Surprises in Surgery! After 25 years of experience in surgery, I continue to be surprised and shocked by instances like this where my intellectual and surgical skills are challenged,” Islam wrote in the post on Thursday, June 4.
Islam said they examined the man’s stool and conducted an endoscopy as well but couldn’t find the cable and when operated they did not find anything in his gastrointestinal tract.
“I operated upon him to find nothing in his gastrointestinal tract…but instead discovered a mobile phone charger cord in his urinary bladder ….all of you must have guessed the entry point and route ( it entered through his penile urethra to his urinary bladder),” Islam wrote.
The man had told the medics that he had consumed the cable through the mouth, but in fact, he had inserted it through his penis.
“I have been conducting surgeries for 25 years now but this is the first time such a case happened on the operation table,” said Islam.
Islam said the man’s act was a kind of masturbation called urethral sounding in which an object or liquid is inserted into the urethra.
“The person had come to us five days after he inserted the cable. He repeatedly told us he consumed it through his mouth and we never imagined an adult would lie about such a thing,” Islam said.
The patient is now recovering and according to the doctors he had no history of mental disorder, he was doing it for pleasure.
He worked with a team of doctors and other medical personnel to carry out a brilliant robotic surgery.
The operation was carried out in a collaboration between Fayetteville Veteran Affairs Medical Centre, North Carolina, and the Department of Defense.