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Poly Implant Prothese Breast Implants Unsafe

Poly Implant Prothese Breast Implants Unsafe

Thousands of women with PIP implants advised to have ultrasound scans…

Tens of thousands of women who underwent breast enlargement surgery in Britain have been warned to have check-ups over fears they were given dangerous implants.

Up to 50,000 women in Britain have breast implants filled with a silicone gel, originally designed for mattresses, that has not been analyzed by vital safety tests. There are also concerns that the protective layer which stops the silicone from leaking may be missing altogether.

The implants, known as Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants were one of the cheapest on the market and have been widely used in commercial clinics.

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British PIP Breast Implants Deemed Unsafe

Earlier this week the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) urged women who have had implants to contact their surgeon to find out what brand was used. Women with PIP implants are now being advised to have an ultrasound test to check for any flaws. If there are any signs of damage, the implants should be removed.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for the safety of drugs and medical devices, has since told surgeons to stop using the implants.

To add further insult to injury, the company responsible for developing the implants, also known as PIP, has gone into liquidation – meaning those affected may have to pay for corrective surgery themselves.

Concerns regarding the safety of the PIP implants were raised when French surgeons noticed that they ruptured more quickly than other brands. Further investigation by health watchdogs found ‘serious irregularities’ in the implants.

When asked for studies regarding the safety of the gel, the company said it did not have any, because they believed it was being used to make mattresses.

Nigel Mercer, a Bristol plastic surgeon and president of BAAPS, said:

‘This is certainly an unusual situation but so far there is no serious cause for alarm…

‘While further tests are conducted into the substance, we recommend that women who have undergone breast augmentation contact their surgeons to find out what kind of implant was used…

‘If it’s PIP, they should have an ultrasound in the next six months, to establish whether there is any rupture…

‘Removal is recommended in these cases but if there is one ruptured implant, the other one should be taken out as well, as a preventative measure.’

Mr Mercer added that the French investigation firmly lays the blame at the door of the manufacturer and not the surgeons. He said:

‘This situation is clearly not the fault of the surgeons, who acted in good faith – it would be similar to blaming a dealership for a faulty car.’

Women may be able to be referred for ultrasound through their GP. Otherwise, they will have to pay for it privately.

In Britain, the NHS does remove damaged implants but won’t pay for new ones.

In France, more than 500 women have filed complaints with the prosecutor of Marseilles in which they demand free replacements of their implants and compensation for harm suffered.

One, Annick Dejoie, said:

‘It gave me swollen glands and also severe fatigue that nearly caused a very serious car accident.’

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