A Gynecologist indicted for cutting out wombs and sterilizing some patients without their permission is feared to have operated on an additional 170 women.
Outraged patients have swamped Dr. Javaid Perwaiz’s offices asking their medical records after he was detained by the FBI in America.
The 69-year-old was arrested after a tip-off from a hospital worker in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Yesterday, he was required to be held in custody without bond on charges of health care fraud.
A prosecutor told 173 women have now come forward since his arrest to describe similar experiences, including repeated surgeries that they never requested for.
The FBI’s arrest warrant affidavit claims Perwaiz, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has a long history of making needless surgical procedures on his patients without their permission.
One former patient lamented that she had been left helpless to have a child after both of her Fallopian tubes had been burned down to nubs. This makes natural conception impossible for her.
Another patient took treatment in 2012 after an abnormal Pap smear. The affidavit states that he instructed her to undergo a hysterectomy, but she complained, agreeing only to outpatient laparoscopic surgery, to just remove her ovaries.
When she awoke, she was horrified to learn Perwaiz had performed a total abdominal hysterectomy. He’d perforated her bladder during the surgery, and the woman had to be hospitalized for 6 days after developing sepsis.
Assistant US Attorney V. Kathleen Dougherty described the US District Court on Thursday that prosecutors have learned from nearly 200 who claim related experiences.
Perwaiz is cited of lodging fraudulent requests to health care benefit programs — including Medicaid — seeking reimbursement for the operations.
Prosecutors told that he conducted the surgeries for his own financial gain.
The doctor’s lawyer, Lawrence Woodward, told he had got a flood of emails from patients who have expressed Perwaiz’s fine qualities and how he treated them.
The judge denied his request to release the doctor on bond, describing the allegations deeply disturbing. Pakistani-trained Perwaiz has already faced 8 malpractice lawsuits in his 30-year-career. In 1996 his medical license was halted after he declared guilty to tax evasion.