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Home > News > Breast cancer surgeon under investigation

29th October 2012

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.

Cleavage sparing mastectomies

Mr Paterson is already under investigation following the recall of a further 700 patients on whom he also operated for breast cancer at several hospitals around the Midlands. The procedure, Cleavage sparing mastectomies, leaves tissue around the cleavage area for purely cosmetic reasons. This practice is contrary to the national guidelines and it is feared that this method increases the risk of the cancer returning for those 700 patients.

Mr Paterson carried out these procedures without the knowledge of his patients, and without advising them that the procedure meant they had a higher risk of their cancer returning, putting their lives at risk. Many of these patients have already seen their cancer return, and many more have had the excess tissue removed in further surgery.

Whilst investigations continue into the Cleavage sparing mastectomies, Mr Paterson, who is also an NHS Consultant, has had conditions imposed by the General Medical Council, and he is currently barred from carrying out breast operations.

Making a claim for breast surgery errors

If you have been treated by Mr Paterson and undergone unnecessary or controversial surgery that has left you at risk of your cancer returning, you may be able to make a claim for clinical negligence compensation.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about your treatment by Mr Paterson for no obligation confidential legal advice. Clear Answers' solicitors are able to offer expert legal advice with huge experience of medical negligence claims and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

Clear Answers' solicitors has a dedicated team specialising in clinical negligence compensation claims. Ring us on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible. If you wish, we can ensure that you speak to a female member of the clinical negligence team.

Please go to our Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on these and how Clear Answers will handle your claim and funding.

Alternative funding arrangements may apply in Northern Ireland due to differing procedures and Law Society regulations.

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