FBI Charges Chesapeake Doctor with Performing Unnecessary Hysterectomies
Patients have a right to expect appropriate treatment that does not harm their health and cause further complications. Surgery is an invasive procedure and a doctor should only perform it on a patient if it is necessary to treat a condition. We are concerned about the recent arrest of a Chesapeake doctor who is accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies on women.
Javaid Perwaiz, 69, a gynecologist, was arrested last month after an FBI investigation. The obstetrician-gynecologist is accused of lying to women about their health, causing them serious injury, according to the FBI. Since his arrest on 8 November, more than 126 women have contacted officials to complain about the doctor. He is accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies, tubal ligations, and curettage and dilation procedures
The feds started their probe after receiving a tip from a hospital employee who thought the doctor performed unnecessary surgeries on patients, NewsChannel 3 reported.
Perwaiz performed surgery on 40 percent of his Medicaid beneficiaries, amounting to 510 patients, according to reports. More than 42 percent of those patients underwent two or more surgeries.
Perwaiz who was taken into custody at Western Tidewater Regional Jail is also accused of scaring his patients by raising the specter of a cancer diagnosis. We were alarmed to read about how this Chesapeake doctor is accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies. The Washington Post reported hundreds of women who underwent surgeries at the hands of the doctor contacted federal authorities. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia set up a hotline for potential victims, 1-800-CALL-FBI, and created a Web page for people seeking information about the case, their rights, and medical records.
Virginia gynecologist Javaid Perwaiz is charged with performing unnecessary surgeries on women to collect insurance payments.
NewsChannel 3 referred to state records from the Virginia Board of Medicine showing the doctor faced similar allegations in the 1980s when his privileges were suspended at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth after he performed about a dozen surgeries including hysterectomies. Records showed the Virginia Board of Medicine censured the doctor at the time. Channel 3 reported Perwaiz temporarily had his medical license revoked after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
The arrest of Perwaiz raises many questions about how the doctor was allowed to continue to perform surgeries, notwithstanding multiple red flags. It also raises the prospect of numerous medical malpractice lawsuits against the doctor and hospital authorities.
The doctor remains in jail with no bond on federal charges for allegedly performing unnecessary surgeries and then billing Medicaid. State records indicate he had hospital privileges at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View in Suffolk, and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
Both Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Bon Secours declined to comment on the allegations. Bon Secours is conducting an internal investigation and cooperating with authorities, according to a spokesperson.
Performing unnecessary surgeries on patients can constitute medical malpractice. Operations are invasive, and often involve complications. It may take weeks to get back to normal after surgery. Unnecessary surgeries that involve the removal of an organ or the loss of function, are a particularly heinous form of medical malpractice.
Patients deserve to be compensated for an unneeded hysterectomy, the loss of an appendix, or gall bladder that may affect their future health or another unnecessary procedure.
Far more unnecessary surgeries are performed than patients realize. A USA Today investigative study in 2013 found unnecessary surgeries may account for as many as 10 to 20 percent of all procedures in certain specialities like stents, angioplasty, and pacemaker implants – all heart procedures.
Some of the risks inherent in surgery include hemorrhaging, damage to internal organs, and infection as well as losing the ability to become pregnant in the case of a hysterectomy After the surgery, the patient faces the pain of recovery and lost time at work as well as disruption regular daily activities. You are entitled to make a recovery for these complications if a doctor caused your injury.
Unnecessary surgery is only one of a number of types of medical malpractice you can suffer at a hospital or a clinic. Medical malpractice cases are seldom straightforward. You should not attempt to sue a doctor or a hospital on your own. Talk to an experienced Virginia medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.