PIP Mammary Prothesis - Product Recall - JPRAS

Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Introduction: Concerns about the durability of silicone breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) have been expressed for several years prior to their formal withdrawal from the market in March 2010....
Results: 453 consecutive patients with PIP devices were identitfied. Of this number 30 had already undergone implant exchange for a variety of reasons. 180 (39.7%) could not be contacted and 19 had undergone explanation elsewhere, including the NHS. Of those who could be contacted, 47 declined consultation as they had no concerns. 97 had neither clinical signs not radiographic evidence of implant rupture and elected to remain under regular review....
Discussion: Long-term studies such as this are difficult to undertake for a number of reasons as they place a significant additional burden of resources on a practice. They are, however, essential from an industry perspective both for the provision of information and supporting audit and professional standing..

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