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A Virginia gynecologist removed fallopian tubes and performed hysterectomies on several patients without their consent, federal authorities are alleging.
Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was arrested on Friday after a year-long FBI investigation found that he was ‘performing unnecessary surgeries on unsuspecting patients,’ according to papers filed with the Eastern District of Virginia.
The bureau received a tip from a hospital employee who first suspected Perwaiz, according to ABC News.
According to the indictment, patients would tell hospital staff that they were visiting for their ‘annual clean outs’.
In reality, however, they were subjected to a range of procedures that they did not know about in advance. In one case, Perwaiz allegedly asked one patient repeatedly whether she was planning to have another baby.
After the patient went to a fertility specialist in 2014, Perwaiz told her that ‘both Fallopian tubes were burnt down to nubs, making natural conception impossible.’
According to court documents, Perwaiz removed the woman’s Fallopian tubes without her consent or knowledge.
In another case, Perwaiz is alleged to have performed a full hysterectomy on a woman who was under the impression that she would only have her ovaries removed.
In a four-year period starting in 2014, Perwaiz performed surgery on 510 patients - 42 per cent of whom underwent at least two operations, according to records
The woman told authorities that she was ‘shocked’ to discover that Perwaiz listed the hysterectomy as ‘elective surgery’ on her medical record.
When the woman consulted with another doctor, she was told that there were less invasive procedures available to her, according to the indictment.
On October 19, Perwaiz is said to have performed a number of procedures on a woman, including an abdominal supracervical hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and lysis of adhesions.
The patient later told investigators that these procedures were done on her even though she never complained of pain in her pelvic region - contrary to what Perwaiz wrote in a medical chart dated September 30.
Federal authorities also allege that Perwaiz performed annual D and C surgeries (Dilation and curettage) based on a diagnosis of endometriosis, a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it.
Perwaiz is also alleged to have treated her for an ectopic pregnancy.
A review of Medicaid claims from his patients found that some of them were subjected to the same surgery on an annual basis.
In a four-year period starting in January 2014, Perwaiz was found to have performed surgery on 510 patients - with 42 per cent of them having undergone at least two operations.
The review also found that Perwaiz had a 'propensity to conduct bundled surgeries' that included laparoscopy, dilation and curettage, and lysis of adhesions.
Prosecutors also allege that Perwaiz defrauded insurance companies by claiming fictitious ailments and charging health care providers for false claims.
He was arrested on Friday and has been held since at Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia.
His lawyer has not commented on the allegations.
Records also show that Perwaiz has been investigated for medical malpractice. MORE