Doc’s hearing over breast implant ops

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A WOMAN has told of being left with a hole “the size of a 50p piece” in her breast after an operation at South Tyneside District Hospital.

The woman, named only as Patient S, was giving evidence at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal and said she has received “absolutely atrocious” treatment at the hands of Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Mohammad Azar Aslam.

The tribunal heard the woman underwent an ‘inappropriate’ operation to replace implants in her breasts at the hospital in January 2010 and again at Mr Aslam’s London clinic.

The hearing heard that shortly after the first operation, which went well, a small whole appeared below her left breast, which gradually grew in size until the whole implant was visible.

After a cancelled appointment the woman had to travel to Mr Aslam’s Harley Street clinic, where he again “inappropriately” replaced the implant.

Two weeks later the same problem recurred and she was eventually forced to have the implant removed by another surgeon.

Patient S complained to the General Medical Council and the private surgeon is now facing charges relating to deficiencies in his treatment of four women between 2004 and 2010 at a fitness to practise hearing in Manchester.

Mr Aslam denies any of the procedures were inappropriate or any of the care inadequate, but has admitted two allegations relating to poor record keeping.

Patient S told the panel the aftercare she received from Mr Aslam was “absolutely atrocious” when he failed to even supply her with his contact details when he was informed about the problem.

She said: “He let me go home without giving any contact details whatsoever,’ she said.

The hearing was told that she first noticed wetness around the stitching area underneath her left breast at the end of February 2010.

She added: “Within two weeks it had gone from a tiny hole to the size of a 20 pence and then to the size of a 50 pence.”

She said that, by the time she consulted Mr Aslam at his Harley Street Linea Cosmetic Surgery on March 21, the whole implant had become completely visible.

The GMC say both procedures were inappropriate, that the surgeon failed to give adequate advice and did not provide adequate follow-up care.

Sara Lewis, opening the case for the GMC said: ‘You will see by the nature of the charges the extent of Mr Aslam’s practice with which the GMC are concerned, are wide ranging and include pre-operative care, record keeping, appropriateness of carrying out procedures and post-operative care.

“The GMC is relying upon the expert evidence of Mr James Bristol, a consultant surgeon, to establish the concerns and deficiencies of the allegations.

“Mr Bristol will say it represents a breach of Mr Aslam’s duty of care to these patients and as a matter of fact represents a breach of professional duties as set out by good medical practice.’

It is alleged Mr Aslam carried out an unsuitable procedure on ‘Patient A’ on June 8, 2004 and on September 13 the following year, the GMC say he “inappropriately” transferred fat from Patient A’s hips to her left breast along with another unsuitable procedure.

On December 30 2008 Dr Aslam is alleged to have performed an inappropriate procedure on Patient B as well as on July 30 the following year when he changed her breast implants.

It is alleged he performed two inappropriate breast operations on Patient S on January 30 and March 21 2010.

He is further accused of failures in record keeping for Patient Y who underwent a replacement of her left breast implant on March 5, 2010.

If the allegations are proved and the panel finds Mr Aslam’s fitness to practise is impaired he could face a ban from the profession.

The hearing continues.