Wherever the 44-year-old New Jersey truck driver went, his condition got in the way, said Metzgar's attorney, Michael C. Heyden. Retrieving the morning newspaper became a problem. So was riding his motorcycle. Family events presented embarrassing situations because, as Heyden put it: "Dan is stuck in this position."
According to the court papers and testimony at New Castle County Superior Court. the initial procedure was done in 2009 by a Wilmington urologist, Dr. Thomas J. Desperito, Delaware Online reported. The surgery involved placing an inflatable penile implant inside the shaft of the penis, a fluid reservoir under the abdominal wall and a pump inside the scrotum.
Metzgar said he had hoped the prosthesis would help his love life with his wife, Donna, where other solutions had failed. Unfortunately, it did just the opposite, making him feel like less of a man.
"I could hardly dance, with an erection poking my partner," Metzgar told jurors Monday when he took the witness stand. The procedure caused him to shink from much of life, and he took up wearing long baggy sweatpants and a long shirt to hide his situation.
Desperito's attorney, Colleen D. Shields, insisted that the urologist told Metzgar the prosthesis had to be removed four months after the surgery when the patient complained of an infection and that the erection wasn't going down. Metzgar, according to Shields, didn't do anything for months following the visit in late April 2010.
The prosthesis was eventually removed by another doctor in August 2010 and replaced, but Metzgar said that the scar tissue from the first surgery left him about 50 percent smaller and that he does not experience the same level of sensation.
Metzgar and his wife are seeking unspecified damages from Desperito and his medical group.