“Over the years we have heard from countless women who are saline and silicone breast implant patients and who have suffered from complications, involving both short- and long-term health conditions believed to be related to their implants. Implants rupture and leak. Implants sometimes migrate. Implants often harden and cause capsular contracture. Nearly all will need to be replaced at some point. Reported conditions involve local infections, necrosis, hematoma, connective tissue disorders and immune disorders like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome and others. National Cancer Institute studies indicate that women who have breast implants are at increased risk of brain cancer, lung cancer, emphysema, pneumonia and suicide. Although research paid for by implant companies disagrees, those findings need to be evaluated by independent researchers. And now we learn that a rare type of immune system cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), is found growing near the capsule of scar tissue around the breast implant. The risk of developing ALCL for women with implants was significantly higher than that found in women without breast implants.”Testimony of Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation Presented by Jan Erickson, Director, NOW Foundation Programs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel Review of Post-Approval Studies for Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants. August 30, 2011
There are many possible complications associated with properly regulated medical implants. The risks of complications with PIP implants are much greater because of the fraudulent sub-standard materials and manufacturing process. We know some of you will have been struggling with symptoms. We know talking about your experiences with PIP implants will be painful. We believe patient reported symptoms are critical to understanding of PIP implants and more importantly to our care and treatment. When you are feeling strong enough, please complete our Health Survey ♥ Some women will choose Remove & Replace, opting to replace PIP with medical grade implants. But what are the risks associated with medical grade silicone implants?