by Dr. Nalini
Last week the FDA reported that breast implants put women’s lives in danger. The big news last week was that a small number of women can get a very rare type of cancer (ALCL: anaplastic large cell lymphoma). It confirmed that death is a possible side effect of breast implants.
Complications Of Breast Surgery And Silicone And Saline Breast Implants include:
1. Infection (bacteria and mold which can be released from the implant into the body)
2. Surgical risks
3. Anesthesia risks
4. Chronic breast pain,
5. Breast or nipple numbness
6. Capsular contracture
7. Scar tissue
8. Hardened and misshapen breasts
9. Breakage and leakage
10. Necrosis (skin death)
11. Need for additional surgery to deal with problems
12. Dissatisfaction with how the breast looks
14. Arthritis and joint pain
16. Memory loss
17. Cognitive impairment: poor concentration
18. Metal poisoning due to platinum exposure (in silicone implants)
19. Silicone migration into lymph nodes and other organs
20. Debilitating autoimmne disease such as fibromyalgia,dermatomyositis, polymyositis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, mixed connective-tissue disease, pulmonary fibrosis, eosinophilic fasciitis, and polymyalgia.
21. And last but not least, death
22. Additionally, it is harder to breastfeed (if at all), and harder to detect breast cancer. Conscientious women having regular breast cancer screenings have had their implants rupture from the pressure of a mammogram.
Within the first three years, approximately three out of four reconstruction (breast cancer) patients and almost half of first-time augmentation patients experienced at least one local complication — such as pain, infection, hardening, or the need for additional surgery.
23. All breast implants will eventually break, but it is not known how many years the breast implants that are currently on the market will last. Studies of silicone breast implants suggest that most implants last 7-12 years, but some break during the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years.
In a study conducted by FDA scientists, most women had at least one broken implant within 11 years, and the likelihood of rupture increases every year. Silicone-7 migrated outside of the breast capsule for 21 percent of the women, even though most women were unaware that this had happened.
In 2008, more than 300,000 women and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants, and almost 80,000 breast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, often with implants. The popularity of breast augmentation has more than tripled since 1997, when there were just over 101,000 of these procedures. More than 40,000 implant removal procedures were also reported in 2008.
Don’t forget the financial burden and increased health insurance costs that go with multiple surgeries and medical complications. In some cases the surgery to remove implants can be like a mastectomy, complete removal of the breast tissue and sometimes the muscle underneath.
Additionally, quality of life is greatly compromised if you have chronic health problems as a result of complications from implants.
Take Home Lesson 24. There are serious life threatening and life altering short term and long term health, cosmetic and economic risks associated with breast implants.
Take Home Lesson 25. Consider loving the body Mother Nature gave you rather than playing Russian Roulette with your health and your life.
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