in the cosmetic surgeon's consulting room
cosmetic surgeon who left footballer's wife Denise Hendry in intensive
care after carrying out liposuction is still operating and advising
women to undergo inappropriate surgery.
Reports (BBC ONE, 7.30pm, Monday 8 July 2002) has secretly filmed
Gustaf Aniansson at the Broughton Park Private Hospital, near Preston,
as he carried out a consultation with an undercover BBC producer
posing as a potential customer.
the consultation, which was secretly filmed by 4X4 Reports, Mr Aniansson
advised that she was an "ideal candidate" for liposuction
and claimed that the risk of infection was "very rare."
when leading plastic surgeon Professor David Sharpe viewed the footage
and examined the BBC producer himself, he said that she was in fact
"entirely inappropriate for liposuction" and that if she
had the operation she was "likely to end up worse off."
the consultation at Broughton Park Gustaf Aniansson did not refer
to one former patient Denise Hendry, wife of Bolton Wanderers and
former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry.
Mrs Hendry spent five weeks in a coma suffering from severe septicaemia
after the operation. 4X4 Reports reveals Mrs Hendry's bowel was
pierced six times in the operation.
directly asked about the potential risks of infection by the undercover
BBC producer, Mr Aniansson clamed that only one of his patients
who had undergone liposuction on their abdomen had ever suffered
an infection which was "settled with antibiotics."
4X4 Reports reveals that another of Mr Aniansson's patients suffered
a severe wound infection following a liposuction procedure.
Charlotte Harrison, who is now scarred so much she cannot bear to
show her stomach, told the programme: "At my worst point, I
really thought I was dying, I was so poorly."
Gustaf Aniansson denied he was incompetent and reckless and said:
prime concern is the welfare of the patient... I never hesitate
to decline specific treatments even when pressurised."
audit of all my cases since April 2000 shows less than 1% have resulted
in any form of complication."
Hanson (who runs Broughton Park) said: "We
can only be guided by the National Care Standards Commission, whom
welcome to inspect our hospital.
complaint rate is recognised as one of the lowest in the industry.
have only ever had three serious infections and only ever admitted
one patient into intensive care."
Stapleton fronts this investigation into Broughton Park Private
Hospital 14 years after exposing another rogue cosmetic surgeon
The surgeon, David Herbert, was known as the flying doctor because
of the speed with which he carried out operations.
John Stapleton questions why potential patients are not warned about
surgeons and clinics even when they are being investigated by their
Notes to Editors
Any use of this release must include a credit for 4x4 Reports, BBC
ONE, 8 July 2002, 7.30pm.
Reports and the latest programme.