Breast Implant Compensation Claims
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.
IBB’s experienced medical negligence lawyers can review your case and help you understand if you have the grounds to make a compensation claim. We offer a free initial consultation and can meet you at home, work or at hospital. Call our personal injury and medical negligence experts in confidence on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com or complete our online form.
Problems with the breast implants or breast surgery
There are commonly two types of breast implants available in the UK:
- Silicone gel implants. This 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 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 breast feeding
If you have developed problems with your breast implants, or 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 and 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 Prostheses (PIP). PIP breast implants were found to be substandard as they contained industrial rather than medical grade silicone, and were 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). Current 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 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 recent statement 8 January 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 our evaluation of testing. We will communicate the conclusions shortly. In the meantime our previous advice that devices should be quarantined continues to apply.”
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. Contact our compassionate medical negligence lawyers today for advice. We offer a free initial consultation and a No-Win No-Fee Agreement. To discuss your case or to make an appointment please contact us on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.