Solihull Hospital is re-examining mastectomies performed on more than 500 breast cancer patients by a top surgeon who was experimenting with a controversial technique.
Consultant surgeon Ian Paterson used a “cleavage sparing” procedure when he performed mastectomies on the NHS at Solihull Hospital.
Now it has emerged that the hospital has contacted about 500 women and is trying to reach another 70 who were treated by the surgeon.
Earlier this year it emerged that a review discovered Mr Paterson’s unorthodox techniques and put a halt to them.
He has been ‘excluded’ from working at the hospital.
Mr Paterson was leaving a small amount of breast tissue around the cleavage for cosmetic reasons on some of his patients.
Most surgeons follow national guidelines to not leave excess breast tissue as it could increase a risk of cancer returning.
The hospital’s director, Lisa Thomson, said: “An external review highlighted that this was not a usual procedure and that Mr Paterson had not followed guidelines to introduce a new technique.”
She said he had stopped the procedure in 2007 following orders from the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital.
The trust has begun a review of women who had mastectomies under his care since he joined the hospital in 1998 to 2007.
“Some of the women, not all of them, he treated thought they had a full mastectomy but in fact they have tissue remaining,” Ms Thomson said.
“He is being investigated and has been excluded from working at the hospital.
“The Trust is currently continuing to invite all of Mr Paterson’s patients who underwent a mastectomy to see an alternative surgeon for a review of their treatment and care.”
The surgeon also operated at private hospitals, the Spire Little Aston and Solihull’s Spire Parkway. They previously said they were also writing to patients treated by Mr Paterson, who is no longer operating at either hospital.
The General Medical Council is investigating the matter and has the power to revoke his licence, although Mr Paterson is still on the register with a licence to practise.