Mesh surgeon removed ovaries without prior consent

From BBC - March 12, 2018

A surgeon under NHS investigation removed a patient's ovaries without prior consent as they were "in the way".

Tony Dixon helped to pioneer the use of mesh in bowel surgery to fix prolapses and relieve constipation.

Lucinda Methuen Campbell, who recently died, said she had not consented to the removal before the operation in 2014.

Mr Dixon said he could not comment on specific allegations due to patient confidentiality.

Mrs Methuen Campbell had lengthy consultations with Mr Dixon before the operation.

He told her her problems were complex involving surgery not just on her bowel but also her womb.

Mrs Methuen Campbell was first told shortly after the operation that her ovaries had been removed.

International reputation

At the time of the surgery, Mrs Methuen Campbell lived near Swansea and later found that she struggled to get treatment in England.

She told the BBC that she was desperate for a solution to the pain she continued to experience and had seen other doctors.

Mrs Methuen Campbell was found dead at home in January. The coroner is currently investigating the cause of death.

Mr Dixon built up an international reputation for using mesh rectopexy to fix bowel problems, often caused by childbirth, but is currently suspended from performing this surgery at two hospitals in Bristol.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has stopped him from performing another form of corrective surgery, known as a Starr procedure (stapled transanal resection of the rectum), until November 2018.

North Bristol NHS Trust is investigating the consultant, who worked at Southmead Hospital and at the private Spire Hospital in Bristol.

The BBC has been contacted by scores of women after an Inside Out expose last year, supporting revelations that their surgery did not work and they were left in severe pain.

Mrs Methuen Campbell suffered complex problems with her bowels and womb prior to seeing Mr Dixon.

'In the way'

She had the mesh in 2014, when she was 54, to try to avoid a hysterectomy.


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