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Cleavage sparing mastectomy

Breast cancer controversial procedure

Being told you have breast cancer is devastating. Thankfully today, many of those who develop breast cancer make a full recovery. National guidelines are in place to advise surgeons of the best practice procedures to ensure the best outcome for their patients.

Ian Paterson who worked as a consultant at several hospitals around the Midlands area, chose to use a procedure known as cleavage sparing mastectomy, contrary to national guidelines.

Cleavage sparing mastectomy procedure

The procedure practiced by Mr Paterson entails leaving a small amount of tissue around the cleavage area. The national guidelines state that all of the breast tissue should be removed during a mastectomy as the remaining tissue poses a risk to the patient that the cancer could return.

Breast cancer surgeon under investigation

Ian Paterson, a consultant at the privately operated Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull and the Spire Hospital in Little Aston, is being investigated following allegations that he removed non-cancerous lumps from the breasts of up to 450 patients between 2004 and 2011.

Mr Paterson examined his patients by using ultrasound and mammograms, and advised them that they had pre-cancerous lumps. A simple biopsy would have confirmed that the lumps were in fact benign, and that further surgery was not necessary. This would have avoided the resulting scarring from invasive surgery and the potential risks involved in subjecting his patients to general anaesthetics.

One former patient of Mr Paterson only found out about her unnecessary surgery when she transferred from the private to the public sector for further treatment. She was advised that she was not a high-risk patient as had been advised by Mr Paterson.
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Hospitals where Mr Paterson practiced

Some of the hospitals where Mr Paterson practiced were private, namely the Spire Hospital Parkway in Solihull, and the Spire Hospital in Little Aston.

Mr Paterson also practised as an NHS Consultant at the Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, which are all pat of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. His use of the controversial technique caused concern amongst his colleagues from 2003 onwards. He was suspended by the GMC (General Medical Council) on the 29th of October 2012.

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The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

The NHS Litigation Authority confirmed in January 2012, that they were reviewing at least 700 of Mr Pateron's patients who may have had cleavage sparing, rather than full mastectomies. The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust who operate the 3 Midlands NHS Hospitals, have recalled each of the patients to carry out a review of their case.

In a review of Mr Paterson’s activities by the Trust, they also found that he had not followed normal procedure for introducing a new technique.

Solicitors acting on behalf of the Trust have accepted that the the Trust is responsible for the pyhsical and psychcological injuries suffered by the patients who have had cleavage sparing mastectomies. The admission of fault is subject to the proving that a cleavage sparing mastectomy was performed and where that is the case a fair settlement will be reached for those patients within a reasonable time.

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Patients of Mr Paterson

If you have undergone a cleavage sparing mastectomy and have concerns, you should contact the hospital where you were treated, even if you have been discharged. The Trust is particularly keen to make contact with patients who have had a change of circumstances, such as moving home, and may not have received any recall notice.

The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust can be contacted on
0121 424 5473 (between 9am and 12pm, Monday to Friday.)

The Spire Hospitals can be contacted on the following numbers:
Spire Hospital Parkway - 0121 704 5530
Spire Hospital Little Aston - 0121 580 7119.

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No obligation legal advice

Clear Answers solicitors are specialists in clinical negligence compensation claims and are currently representing scores of Mr Paterson’s patients.

If you have been affected by Ian Paterson's negligent practices, then contact us for legal advice on 0800 783 9019.

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for cosmetic surgery errors

Clear Answers' Solicitors are experts in all matters relating to personal injury and are very experienced in dealing with claims relating to surgical errors. They will be able to advise you whether you have a valid compensation claim and our specialist medical negligence lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process in plain English as well as answering any questions or queries you may have.

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence such as surgical error during cosmetic surgery? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a surgical error compensation claim contact us today on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) as soon as possible.

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