More than 30,000 breast implant procedures are carried out in the UK (source NHS choices). Breast implant surgery, also known as breast enlargement or breast augmentation, is the most common form of cosmetic surgery performed in the UK. Non-cosmetic breast surgery may be required for breast cancer patients who need to have one or both breasts removed.
If you have suffered harm due to breast reduction, breast enlargement, breast augmentation, breast surgery, breast implant or breast cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. For free advice and a swift answer as to whether you may be entitled to compensation please call 0333 123 9099, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the enquiry form to request a call back.
Problems with the Breast Implants or Breast Surgery
There are commonly two types of breast implants available in the UK:-
- Silicone gel implants, which is the most popular choice for British women
- Saline implants
Breast surgery, like all surgery, is not without risk and each type of breast implant has associated advantages and disadvantages.
The potential complication complications and risks of having breast implants include:
- Pain and inflammation
- Infection or bleeding
- Scarring, including shrinkage of the scar tissue around the implant-also known as capsular contracture
- Rupture and movement of the implant
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Problems with breastfeeding.
- Breast Implant Illness
If you have developed problems with your breast implants, all your breast implant surgery has gone wrong, you could be entitled to compensation. Poor quality implants or negligence during or after breast surgery, could result in incorrectly fitted implants, implant malfunction, pain, inflammation and infection. It could leave you requiring further surgery and treatment to correct the issues.
Problems with PIP Silicone implants
PIP implants refer to a type of silicone-based breast implant manufactured in France by a company called Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP). PIP breast implants were found to be substandard as they contained industrial rather than medical grade silicone. They were also 2-6 times more likely to rupture than standard silicone breast implants. It is estimated that over 47,000 British women received the PIP implants (source NHS choices).
PIP breast implants were banned in the UK in March 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Government guidance suggests that PIP do not need to be replaced unless they have ruptured or you have concerns. However, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has taken a more cautious approach with the president Rajiv Grover stating: "At the be BAAPS we have remained constant in our view-these defective devices have no place within the human body”.
Problems with Silimed implants
In September and October 2015, the MHRA suspended products made by the Brazilian manufacturer after particles were found on their surface.
The MHRA issued a statement on 8 July 2016:
We are aware that Silimed have issued communications to suggest that there is no risk to patients. However, this is yet to be determined through how evaluation of testing. We will communicate the conclusions shortly. In the meantime, our previous advice is that devices should be quarantined continues to apply".
Cancer from Breast Implants.
In 2019 a number of women announced their intention to take legal action after developing cancer, having had breast implants.
Women in the UK and across the world have been diagnosed with the rare form of cancer, referred to as breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It is said that 1 in every 24,000 implants carries a risk of cancer. Arguably it is not breast cancer but a cancer of the immune system.
One of the questions women will have is, why were they not properly advised of the risk?
Breast Implant Illness (BII)
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons states that Breast Implant Illness is a condition that consists of a range of non-specific symptoms
What are the Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness
- hair loss
- brain fog
- general fatigue
- irritable bowel syndrome
- sleep disturbance
- chronic pain
What have Women done to cope with the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?
Women have taken action to overcome their symptoms, including nutritional advice, changes to their diet and lifestyle.
Many women have come to the view that their breast implants are responsible for their malaise.
Life stories of a patient with Breast Implant Illness
It is said that hundreds of thousands of women believe they suffer with breast implant illness. One such woman who went public about this is Malene El Rafaey, a successful glamour model. She worked for FHM, Playboy and the Daily Star.
At the age of 25 she decided to have breast augmentation and initially she was very happy with the outcome. However, she said that after approximately six years, she began to experience symptoms.
She stated, “I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, I couldn’t work, I just slept all day long. Body wash, my creams, I could literally have a piece of bread and I would be coming out in a rash. In the end I just stopped eating”.
Fitness instructor Naomi McCarthy, 28, decided to have breast implants in 2014. In her case, within a matter of weeks, she suffered “the most horrific symptoms. I remember getting severe pain in my stomach. And the tiredness was like I had run a marathon and dug a million trenches and I hadn’t done anything. Writing with a pen was too tiring”. She went on to develop a list of symptoms, including hair loss, allergies and rashes.
Initially, Naomi McCarthy was told by doctors, time and time again, that her illness was not related to the implants. Then, in 2018, she learnt about breast implant illness and found online support.
Having decided to have her implants removed, symptoms began to disappear within a matter of days.
Is Breast Implant Illness a recognised illness?
Medical experts have not been able to agree although at the end of 2019 three major cosmetic surgery associations stated that they would be warning women about the risks associated with breast implants. BAAPS, BAPRAS and ABS stated that breast implant illness “should be discussed with women who are considering breast augmentation“.
The British Association of Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeons says there is no scientific evidence to support a direct link between breast implants and breast implant illness.
BAAPS, BAPRAS and ABS have said, “The UK Plastic and Breast Surgery Associations are closely involved in a growing international collaboration by the healthcare community to collect the information needed to find out more about breast implants and inform our patients. Our guidance will be updated in the light of new evidence”.
The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says, “we will always investigate where they are safety concerns raised about a medical device. We continue to work with European and international regulators, breast implant registries and experts to monitor issues and will take appropriate safety action when necessary”.
Why ask IBB Claims Solicitors to act on your behalf to secure breast implant compensation?
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Our team is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.
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Contact our breast implant claims lawyers today for compensation advice
If you have developed problems with your breast implants or through negligent surgery or post surgery care, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain, resulting conditions, distress and further corrective surgery which may be required.
If you would like to learn whether you may be entitled to breast implant compensation, call 0333 123 9099, email email@example.com or use the enquiry form to request a call back.
We will listen to your experience and advise you promptly, if you have reasonable prospects of making a successful claim for breast implant compensation for the harm suffered