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Friday, 31 January, 2003, 18:30 GMT
Doctor struck off over penis surgery
A cosmetic surgeon at work
Dr Agarwal was found guilty of serious misconduct
A "dishonest" Harley Street cosmetic surgeon who carried out two botched penis enlargement operations has been struck off.

Dr Ravi Kang Agarwal, 54, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The Manchester hearing was told one operation had left a patient with a shorter and disfigured penis.

He said he had passed out with shock after seeing his penis following the operation in Manchester.

On the last occasion he injected it on the right hand side of the penis and I was in pain and ever since then it's been bent

Garrie Dunk, male stripper
The 47-year-old patient, referred to as Mr A throughout, said it was black, shorter and deformed, adding: "I was in severe pain".

He had seen an advert in the magazine Men's Health and underwent the 3,250 in May 1997.

Dr Agarwal had said the length of the organ was increased by dividing the suspensory ligament to make the penis hang lower.

The technique also aimed to increase the organ's girth by injecting fat taken from the stomach and thighs.

Garrie Dunk, a 42-year-old male stripper from Sheffield, told the GMC he underwent the same procedure in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in May 1997 in order to help his career.

He said he could not go to the toilet for two days after the operation, adding: "There was tremendous swelling for about six or seven weeks."

Mr Dunk also claimed his marriage failed due to the operation and said he went back to Dr Agarwal on five occasions for more fat to be put in.

Your behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being a doctor because of your dishonesty and the abuses of trust

Prof Denis McDevitt, GMC
He told the hearing: "On the last occasion he injected it on the right hand side of the penis and I was in pain and ever since then it's been bent."

The GMC was also told of Dr Agarwal's adverts which claimed he had "unrivalled experience" in carrying out the operations.

It claimed to increase the length of the penis by up to three inches and the girth by between 30% and 90%.

Professor Denis McDevitt, chairman of the GMC's professional conduct committee, said Dr Agarwal had acted dishonestly.

He had failed to explain the possible complications of the procedure, was misleading as to the likely outcome of the operation and had failed to take an adequate history from the patient.

He also failed to obtain informed consent and failed to arrange for adequate anaesthetic back-up during the surgery.

Prof McDevitt told Dr Agarwal: "The committee are of the view that your behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being a doctor because of your dishonesty and the abuses of trust which you have shown, particularly in relation to vulnerable patients."


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