As has been made clear from surveys, men can sometimes feel less comfortable than women in discussing the health problems that they are facing. This is reflected in healthcare statistics – for instance, three-quarters of men do not visit the doctor when showing signs of illness.

There can be a social stigma attached to certain male health topics, but it is crucial that these topics are normalised, particularly within younger generations, in order to improve the rates of early diagnosis.

For example, when considering testicular cancer, if caught early, it has 95 per cent survival rate and is most likely to happen between the ages of 25 and 40. Unfortunately, there still seems to be ignorance surrounding this type of cancer – a fact that education programs are determined to address – or patients are presenting late due to the symptoms being minor, or because of unwillingness to ask for help.

In terms of the less serious condition of testicular torsion, GP or nurse negligent delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to the loss of a testicle, which still represents serious harm to your health and is an urgent health matter. If you have experienced this, you may be entitled to claim compensation for a reduction in fertility and/or cosmetic appearance.

Testicular torsion occurs when one of the testes becomes twisted within the scrotum. The torsion cuts off the blood supply to the testis and unless untwisted, the lack of blood supply results in irreparable tissue damage and a non-functioning or dead testicle.

There may be occasions when a GP or a clinician may not recognise the symptoms of testicular torsion or attributes the symptoms to another non-urgent condition, such as ‘Epididymo-orchitis’ which can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Testicular torsion requires urgent surgical intervention if the testicle is to be saved and an orchidectomy (removal of the testicle) avoided.

Again, testicular torsion arises more in men under the age of 30 and can sometimes occur after a sporting injury or other trauma, although this is not always the case. When a patient presents with severe and persistent testicular pain or lower abdominal pain, medical professionals should consider testicular torsion as a potential diagnosis and recognise it as a medical emergency. It is well recognised that timely examination and treatment are essential to avoid the unnecessary loss of a testicle.

Doctors diagnose torsion by taking a detailed history and examining the patient, noting any swelling, pain, and abnormalities. They may also carry out an ultrasound scan.

Following diagnosis, testicular torsion is treated by emergency surgery to untwist the testis and spermatic cord, restoring the blood flow before permanent damage is done. There is only a narrow window of opportunity of a few hours to operate to save the testicle following the onset of pain and symptoms and this is why testicular torsion should always be treated as an emergency. The longer the delay, the likelihood that the testicle can be saved, decreases.

If you believe that there was a delay in diagnosing or treating your testicular torsion or cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Contact us to explore bringing a claim.

RHL Solicitors’s experienced solicitors act on a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement for the victims of medical negligence, conducting thorough and rigorous clinical negligence investigations with the intention of establishing liability and recovering compensation. The expert reports we disclose to the Defendant during the claim process can also help to make a difference and to improve future care. To find out more, please telephone our expert lawyers on 0344 7768328 and speak to a member of our specialist medical negligence team.