A Virginia obstetrician-gynecologist was arrested for allegedly tying patients' fallopian tubes and performing unneeded hysterectomies without their knowledge or consent, according to federal court documents.
Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was charged with health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters.
From January 2014 to August 2018, Perwaiz allegedly performed a surgeries on 510 patients, reports show. Of those 510 patients, approximately 42 percent of them underwent two or more surgeries.
Witnesses are cited in court documents saying Perwaiz "routinely used the ‘C-word’ (cancer) to scare patients into having surgery."
The Chesapeake doctor allegedly told one woman that she needed a hysterectomy after discovering the "imminent onset" of cancer. The patient objected and opted for a less invasive surgery where only her ovaries would be removed.
The woman woke up from surgery, "shocked to discover Perwaiz performed a total abdominal hysterectomy." He also cut her bladder in the process, causing sepsis and requiring a six-day hospital stay, NBC News reported.
Another woman saw Perwaiz for an ectopic pregnancy. When she visited a fertility specialist, she was allegedly told that her fallopian tubes "were burnt down to the nubs, making natural conception impossible."
These charges are not the first time Perwaiz has had a run-in with the law over his practices.
In 1982, Perwaiz lost his admitting privileges for performing unnecessary surgeries and poor clinical judgement according to the Virginia Board of Medicine. He has also been sued for malpractice eight times, court records said.
Perwaiz was affiliated with Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center at the time of his arrest, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
As of Monday afternoon, both hospitals' websites have removed all mentions of Perwaiz.