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PIP implants

Mr Fatah would like to reassure his patients who have had Breast Augmentation or Breast Reconstruction under his care, that he has never used PIP Implants in any of his patients.

Here are answers to questions you may have about PIP implants...

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Q: I know that I have PIP implants and I experience pain and/or swelling and burning sensation in my breast(s) and/or have developed lumps in my under arm(s). What should I do?

A: These are signs of a ruptured PIP implant and you need to arrange to have them removed. Seek early advice and contact your clinic, hospital or surgeon to get advice. If you think you are not progressing, ask your GP to refer you to a qualified plastic surgeon and arrange to have both implants removed. Remember, you could be entitled for NHS treatment under these circumstances.

Q: I had Breast Augmentation sometime ago, but I am anxious because I do not know what type implants I have. What should I do?

A: Contact the clinic, hospital or the surgeon who carried out your surgery and ask what type of implants were used in your Breast Augmentation. You are entitled to have any information you seek about your medical treatments.

Q: I know that I have PIP implant, but haven't had any problems with them. Should I worry and have them removed?

A: You shouldn't worry about seeking early advice, however, it is advisable to have a consultation at some stage and only if necessary have a scan to check on the integrity of your implants. If the scan shows signs of rupture, you should have both implants removed as soon as possible. If they are intact, you can still have them removed as a precaution, but there is no urgency. Some women may choose to have regular reviews and scans to rule out ruptured implants. However, you need to consider that a cumulative cost may be involved with the latter options.

Q: I have PIP implants. Am I at increased risk of developing breast cancer?

A: There is no evidence to indicate that the non-medical grade of silicone gel used in the manufacturing of PIP implants increases the risk of developing breast cancer. PIP implants fall below the standards we expect from a medical device that is suitable for implantation in patients; unlike medical grade silicone, it contains an industrial grade gel that can act as an irritant to the breast tissues and cause inflammatory reaction. If ruptured, it can cause pain, swelling and tender lumps in the breasts and the underarms. Therefore, it is advisable that in the long-term, it is better to have your PIP implants removed or replaced as a precautionary measure, even if the implants are not ruptured and you have no symptoms in the breasts.

NHS Operations

If you had your surgery under the NHS, either contact your surgeon at the hospital or ask your GP to refer you back. Otherwise all of the above advice will apply.

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