A 61-year-old Kentucky man claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision.
Phillip Seaton and his wife are seeking unspecified compensation from a doctor they say performed the circumcision for "loss of service, love and affection."
The Seaton's attorney said the doctor's post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Attorney Kevin George said a later test did detect cancer.
"It was not an emergency," George told The Associated Press. "It didn't have to happen that way."
The lawsuit court claims the doctor removed Seaton's penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion.
The couple also sued the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville, claiming he used a general anesthesia even though Seaton asked that it not be administered.
The Seatons' suit is similar to one in which an Indianapolis man was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages after he claimed his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection in 1997.