First of all let me say that I sympathize with all women who are involved in PIP Implants.
What Is Happening Around About Brest Implants?
Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) has been on the world market until 31 March 2010 when the French medical device regulatory authority (AFSSAPS) suspended the company’s marketing, distribution and export of these products.
AFSSAPS carried out an inspection of PIP’s manufacturing plan and found that most of the implants manufactured have been filled with an unauthorised silicone gel, which differs from the originally approved material.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advised immediately the breast implant surgeons to not use silicone gel breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
Over the last 18 months the UK government’s health regulatory arm (The MHRA) has conducted extensive tests on PIP implants. They have also sought input from the UK’s Cancer Registry and this week have consulted other governmental health agencies both across Europe and internationally who have also carried out thorough tests and research.
Their unanimous conclusion remains the same.
There is no evidence to suggest PIP implants are linked with cancer. However, there is evidence to suggest that PIP implants have above average potential of rupture.
Therefore, as the British Department of Health said:
“The group has concluded that the advice given by the MHRA still stands and that there is not enough evidence to recommend routine explantation of these breast implants. The group also agrees there is no link with cancer. However, it is undeniably the case that these implants are made up of non-medical grade silicone and therefore should not have been implanted in women in the first place.“
What Should The Cosmetic Companies Do For Their Patients?
The British Department of Health said:
“The NHS will offer a package of care for its patients, and we expect the private sector to do the same… We believe that private providers have a duty to take steps to provide appropriate after-care to patients they have treated.”
Most of the Private Providers (cosmetic companies) are trying very hard to support and help all their patients in the best way they can, but some of them instead of helping and looking after their patients, are hiding and trying to address the responsibility to somebody else: their surgeons for example.
It is well known by everyone that it is a Provider’s decision to choose hospitals, implant’s brand and the medical staff (surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, etc.).
What I Can Do For You As Plastic Surgeon
As the Department of Health recommend, all women who are concerned about their implants, they should speak to their surgeon or GP.
I have permanently been working in this Country since 2001 and I used to work as a Private Surgeon and as a freelance for different companies (Transform, Harley Medical, The Hospital Group, Birkdale Clinic, Cosmedical, MediSpa).
I believe no woman should be left alone with this problem, therefore I decided to look after all of them even who have been refused by their original Provider, offering my support, my medical advise and my follow up completely free of charge.
What Are The Cost Involved To Remove The Implants?
For All Patients requesting removal or removal and replacement, I am happy to offer my service free of charge even if they had a financial contract with one of the Cosmetic Providers I used to work for.
In this case, of course, these patients have to face some costs requested for the procedure: i.e. Hospital, Anaesthetist, Implants.
For All Patients who had a financial contract directly with myself, which means I was their Provider and also their Surgeon, I will cover all costs of their procedure.
For All Patients who came from other Cosmetic Providers and they were not my patients I will offer a competitive price to remove and replace the implants for their “peace of mind”.
Statement on Breast Implants and Response (Department of Health)