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Montreal doc sanctioned after botching 80 circumcisions

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JULES RICHER | QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL — A doctor has been barred from doing circumcisions after botching 80 of them, the Quebec College of Physicians has ruled.

Several of Dr. Raymond Rezaie's patients were left with urinary problems and had to undergo a second operation.

Rezaie, who practises at a Montreal clinic, temporarily lost his right to perform circumcisions after a "staggering" number of the operations failed, according to a disciplinary board ruling that took effect this week.

The college could eventually decide to impose a permanent ban on Rezaie.

The Alpha Medic Clinic, where Rezaie works, specializes in non-medical circumcisions that are often for religious or social reasons.

Several boys have been left with painful side-effects.

"These babies must undergo general anesthesia due to the (doctor's) poor performance," the decision says.

Making matters worse are waiting lists of up to a year for corrective surgery.

Through his lawyer, Rezaie unsuccessfully argued that he has performed thousands of circumcisions and that problems are within the accepted complication rate.

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