Pr Jerome Manuceau

Why the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, attacked Dr Jerome Manuceau

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The problem begun when Pr Oscar Traylor  Director, Narional Surgical Training Centre sent a letter to Pr Gerry O'Sullivan,  RCSI's President. Pr Gerry 0'Sullivan, informed the Medical Council and gave his opinion.

In his letter, Pr Oscar Traylor, reported four patients who had problems. Let us discuss about these four cases.


1° Mrs O. : he explains that "a short period after surgery she became acutely unwell and was transferred to Tallaght Hospital....At operation Pr Kevin Conlon found a perforation....with advanced peritonitis. He perfomed a repair of the perforation..."

But, the Discharge Letter (GP Copy),  mentioned no perforation. In the Operation Chart, no perforation, and the result of the Specimen to Lab disappeared from the chart. This means that they did not find any infection.

In the Pr Kevin Conlon's letter written six months later, we read :

"during placement of the gastric band there was a gastric perforation which resulted in intra abdominal abscess formation .... at the time of operation I could see that the area in question had actually sealed itself".

But the first problem is that if a perforation existed, he could not see it,  as the operation is performed behind stomach and not on the front wall. The second problem is that had never proved any infection.

Conclusion : Pr Kevin Conlon told two lies, to hide his mistake. Actually it was just a lung infection and to find it, it was sufficient to do a chest x-ray. Removing the band, he had shortened Mrs O.'s life.


2) Mrs C : this woman had never been to Hospital. Her problem was easily  solved with a coagulating compress as usually. But the anesthetist was afraid and wanted to be sure that in case of problem, we could send her  to Hospital.

Conclusion : this was not a complication but a "potential complication".


3) Mrs S : all patients having a Gastric Band, knew that they  had never suffered from "severe pain". The problem was that this woman had so much fat around stomach that the biggest band was a little tight. So, she had difficulties in drinking. In this case, we put a vein drip and we wait for a few days. This patient refused and asked me to remove her band. During this second operation she had an "aspiration" which is an anesthetic problem. It can occur during any surgery and the surgeon is not  directly involved.                 Generally, a few days of antibiotics are sufficient to solve the problem.

Conclusion :  I was unjustly considered as the only responsible for this anesthetic problem.


4) Mr G : this man had a double renal transplant and his obesity was  killing his kidneys. I asked him to give a letter from his nephrologist  Dr John Donohoe. After the operation he had the same problem as Mrs S, in swallowing. He agreed to wait  for a few days with I.V.  fluids. Due to his renal problem, I sent him to Hospital. As you can see in the Discharge Summary, of     Pr. D. O'Donoghue, he was discharged home four days later. So the "respiratory tract infection with atalectesis and renal failure" of Pr Oscar Traynor had never existed.

General conclusion : Pr Oscar Traynor told lies about each patient.





     1) I was quite alone to defend myself, as I could not afford a Barrister.


     2) The committee knew that my English was bad and that I could not understand everything. When I asked the interpreter to help me, she answered me that she was here for the two French witnesses  and not for me. 

     3) No  member of the committee and no one among the specialist witnesses were Gastric Banding specialists.





        1) My patients were not selected by a multidisciplinary team (psychologists and dietecians) , ..."and that the success rates for surgeons operating on their own would not be as satisfactory".

But they refused to compare my own statistics  to those of the best gastric banding specialists. This comparison would have proved that the results were equivalent.

It was not the first time I refused to obey to the International Standards : in the early 90's, we were a few French Private Surgeons inventing the Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery (key hole surgery) against the international standards. Now, it is considered as the new International Standards of digestive surgery.


         2) I  "...had not made any or adequate arrangements for the management of any postoperative complications .... that such treatments should be performed in a proper hospital".

First : 2 minor complications among 300 proceedings, is a complications rate, equivalent to that of the best gastric banding specialists.

Second : in France, 80% of Gastric Banding is performed in private Clinics and not in Hospitals. And France is the most Health Regulated European Country.


          3) "In ... an application for registration to the General Register of Medical Practitioners ... in which he confirmed that he had never "been subject to disciplinary proceedings by an authority with which you are or were registered as a registered medical practitioner" in circumstances where he had been prohibited in 2005 by Conseil National de l'Ordre des Medecins from treating patients within the French National Insurance system from 1st January 2006 to 31st December 2006."

This is false. I had never been suspended by the Conseil National de l'Ordre des Medecins as you can see in this Certificate. I had been prohibited to treat parients within the French National Insurance System during 2006, which depends excusively on the Health Ministry, after the unbearable Public Health scandal in Guadeloupe  (see It was a political sanction, not related to any patient.

To be honest, the fight that I had lead within a small group, during those events, to settle the truth, was similar to the fight lead by the Irish to conquer their independence. Unfortunatly, contrary to the Irish, I had finally lost the battle.






   1) Obesity is a very serious illness (it kills three times more than cigarettes). Gastric banding is a very little invasive surgery, reversible without deaths. Complications are rare and never serious if the surgeon is a "good" specialist. But it works only for motivated people. By-pass is invasive, irreversible, with a lot of complications and deaths.


   2) In one year, I operated in Dublin, more than 300 patients with very good statistical results. So, I saved a lot of Irish lives. But the fact that three patients went to Hospital for minor problems, seems to be much more important for the RCSI and the Medical Council.      


    3) I have performed, since 1990, 15,000 laparoscopic digestive operations and 2,500 gastric banding in Private Clinics, in the same conditions as in Dublin (80% of surgery in France is done in Private Clinics). It happens that, I have to send patients who have complications, to  Hospital, as any other Private Surgeon. That's the normal way of doing in France. 

              But in Ireland it is considered as abnormal, when they are MY patients.  


    4) The anesthetist and the surgeon form a team responsible for the operation.

              However  I was alone at the Medical Council.


    5) Some cosmetic procedures are more invasive than gastric banding (Tommy Tuck for instance).

              But all surgeons and anesthetists continue to work in  Private Clinics without problems.


I had been judged by colleagues who had never performed any gastric banding and even had been unable to organize an efficient department of gastric banding, in any Hospital.

The Irish Medical Council was more interested in getting rid of me, than  in the health of Irish People.













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