A surgeon who stands accused of wrongly removing a patient’s testicle and then trying to cover up the mistake has admitted that he removed the organ.
Mr Marwan Farouk admitted removing the unnamed patient’s right testicle during a hernia repair operation at BMI Chiltern Hospital in Princes Risborough on April 30 2014.
He also admitted to an ongoing medical tribunal that he did not attempt to remove an epididymal cyst separately, told theatre staff to throw away the testicle.
It is also accepted by Mr Marwan that he failed to record that any testicle tissue had been removed and attempted to retrieve the ‘specimen’ from a sharps bin after the operation.
However, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal hearing, which began in Manchester on Monday heard that Mr Marwan disputes some of the accusations against him, including those of dishonesty.
He does not accept that his actions were because “he intended to cover up that he had removed the patient’s entire right testicle”.
Nor does he accept allegations that he failed to inform the patient that his testicle had been removed in a post operative assessment, and in the same assessment that he said to his patient that the testicle was just small.
He also denies that during the episode in question he operated outside his area of expertise.
Allegations that Mr Marwan was misleading and dishonest in his actions have also been refuted by the surgeon.
The hearing is expected to last for 12 days and his chaired by senior doctor Brian Alderman, and lay members John Elliot and Susan Staveley.
General Medical Council tribunals are civil not criminal proceedings, and Mr Marwan is not accused of a crime.
However, his fitness to practice in his profession could be in jeopardy of he is found to have behaved in the way he is accused of.
The case continues.
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