WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An OB-Gyn in Chesapeake, Virginia was arrested Friday for allegedly performing unnecessary surgical procedures on women without their knowledge or consent, according to federal court documents.
- Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was charged with one count each of health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters.
- The unneeded procedures included tying a patient’s fallopian tubes, a procedure that denied a woman the possibility of conceiving a child naturally.
A Virginia doctor was arrested Friday for allegedly tying women’s’ fallopian tubes and performing unnecessary hysterectomies without their knowledge or consent, according to federal court documents.
Javaid Perwaiz, a 69-year-old OB-Gyn in Chesapeake, was charged with health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters.
According to reports, Perwaiz performed surgeries on 510 patients from January 2014 to August 2018. Nearly half of those 510 patients underwent two or more surgeries.
The documents cited a variety of procedures, including hysterectomies, cystectomies, myomectomies, tubal ligation and dilation & curettage.
The court documents reveal that witnesses say Perwaiz “routinely used the ‘C-word’ (cancer) to scare patients into having surgery.”
The OB-Gyn allegedly told one patient that she needed a hysterectomy after discovering the “imminent onset” of cancer. The patient objected and asked Perwaiz for a less invasive laparoscopic surgery where only her ovaries would be removed.
When the patient woke up from surgery, she was “shocked to discover Perwaiz performed a total abdominal hysterectomy.” According to NBC News, the doctor also cut her bladder and she developed sepsis, requiring a six-day hospital stay.
Another woman, who consulted Perwaiz for an ectopic pregnancy, allegedly found out from a fertility specialist that her fallopian tubes “were burnt down to the nubs, making natural conception impossible.”
Court records reveal that these charges are not the first time Perwaiz has had a run-in with the law.
In 1982, Perwaiz lost his admitting privileges for performing unnecessary surgeries and poor clinical judgment according to the Virginia Board of Medicine. He has also been sued for malpractice eight times.
A federal investigation started in September 2018, after the FBI received a tip from a hospital worker who suspected Perwaiz was putting unsuspecting patients through unnecessary procedures.