Breast implants date back to the late 19th century with shocking stories of paraffin injections ox cartilage prosthetics and even hard ivory and glass balls being used to create a more desirable silhouette. The modern day approach using silicone implants dates back to the early 1960s yet problems with over silicone breast implants are also nothing new as this story from the Guardian achieves shows.
Sadly despite technological and surgical advances women are still experiencing difficulties caused by implants deflating or rupturing. This often causes tremendous pain and discomfort in the area and further surgery to remove or replace the implants is nearly always required.
The current controversy surrounds a specific type of silicone implants with problems with Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants potentially affecting as many as 45000 women in the UK. While the government has yet to advise a mass removal of these types of implants their French counterparts are offering women in France the opportunity to have their implants removed an indication of the seriousness of the issue.
The government is however encouraging private clinics to offer free removals as well as assisting women through the setting up of a national register. And I would advise anybody who has concerns over their breast implants to see their GP for an examination and MRI scan referral. As with all serious medical conditions problems are far better detected sooner rather than later.
If you have suffered from ruptured breast implants PIP or other you may be able to take legal action to secure compensation for pain and suffering loss of earnings stress and the trauma of having to undergo a corrective operation.
Please do contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Clinical Negligence or Product Liability Solicitor. We expect the situation to be ongoing and will report on any further government advice as and when it is published.