An OBGYN Allegedly Gave Women Unnecessary Hysterectomies Without Consent

In most horrific news of the day: an OBGYN allegedly tied patients' fallopian tubes and performed unnecessary hysterectomies without their knowledge or consent, according to federal court documents. One can only imagine the rush of emotion (mostly rage) that these women who were impacted by this malpractice felt whenever they found out what had been done to them without their consent.

The OBGYN in question is Virginian, Javaid Perwaiz, 69, who was both arrested and charged on Friday for these incredibly awful crimes. He was charged with making false statements relating to health care matters and health care fraud.

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How could something like this go unnoticed? For many of the women involved, they were not made aware that these procedures had even been done until they were trying to conceive later on in life and having appointments with fertility specialists.

Authorities have shared that during the period of time between January 2014 and August 2018, the Chesapeake doctor allegedly performed these surgeries on 510 patients, or 40% of his patients who were on Medicaid. Out of those 510 patients, about 42% of them received two or more surgeries.

Perwaiz was able to talk these women into surgery, claiming that "onset of cancer was imminent" for them. In other cases, women went in for other procedures and had no clue that he has also performed hysterectomies or had tied their fallopian tubes.

One case in particular, a woman went to see him for dilation and curettage surgery for self-diagnosed endometriosis. She later went back to treat an ectopic pregnancy. Later, the same woman went to a fertility specialist "who advised her both fallopian tubes were burnt down to nubs, making natural conception impossible." Perwaiz had allegedly removed the woman's fallopian tubes without her ever knowing or consenting. Wow, just wow.

In an additional case, a patient woke,"shocked to discover Perwaiz performed a total abdominal hysterectomy."

If that all isn't scary enough, it has also been revealed that this is not Perwaiz's first run in with the law. Back in 1982, he lost admitting privileges at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, "due to poor clinical judgment and for performing unnecessary surgeries," according to court records. This just goes to show how important it is to do your research on the doctor's that you choose.

Lastly, he was also investigated by the Virginia Board of Medicine "for performing surgeries, predominantly hysterectomies, without appropriate medical indications and contrary to sound medical judgment" — but was "ultimately censured for poor record keeping." This lead to his medical license being temporarily suspended in 1996 after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, but he earned it back two years later.

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