Biocell implants by Allergan recalled

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arpie
arpie Member Posts: 7,742
edited December 2018 in Health and wellbeing
Europe has taken Biocell implants by Allergan off the Market.

Other rough textured implants were withdrawn earlier in the year. 
Australia's TGA has yet to decide 

They are believed to cause a rare blood cancer. 3 Aussies are believed to have died from it
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  • Zoffiel
    Zoffiel Member Posts: 3,374
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    Gargh!


  • Patti J
    Patti J Member, Dragonfly Posts: 589
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    This has been around for years. 
  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,742
    edited December 2018
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    The one earlier in the year was a different brand i believe, also a rough textured one
    https://www.9now.com.au/a-current-affair/2018/extras/latest/180607/health-warning

    A few years ago it was Cereform
  • JP2049
    JP2049 Member Posts: 2 New Member
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    After the news tonight that Europe has banned the Allergan textured implants, is anyone concerned? I had mine inserted in 2012, they say it takes about 7 years for the issues to arise so should I be worried?
  • kmakm
    kmakm Member Posts: 7,974
    edited April 2019
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    @JP2049 I would be having a chat with your plastic surgeon and or your breast surgeon. If for nothing other than putting your mind at ease. K xox
  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,742
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    As @kmakm said ..... raise it with your surgeon.  All the best xx

  • Zoffiel
    Zoffiel Member Posts: 3,374
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    Peter Mac is not being that forthcoming about exactly  what sort of implants I have. These aren't even a matching pair-- there both been replaced three times but it's taken five operations since 2006 to do that. Crapolla. With icing :/
  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,742
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    Oh dear, that doesn't sound good @Zoffiel !  They all have a serial Number & can be traced to the original manufacturer - so should be recorded on your medical/surgical notes !   Is it the surgeon who isn't telling you, or the office staff.  Maybe you need to go higher to the ombudsman or manager of the hospital to find out - as it is very important you know, in case of rupture ! xx

  • Chris
    Chris Member Posts: 813
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    I’m not rushing to change my textured Allergan implants removed at this stage. Mine have been in for over 7 years, and I still see my oncologist and my surgeon each 6 months apart. I also have an ultrasound yearly, so hoping that these measures will detect any suspicious changes early enough to deal with this rare cancer if unlucky enough to get it.
  • JP2049
    JP2049 Member Posts: 2 New Member
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    Hi Chris, I think we had treatment at the SAN at the same time! I’m similar to you but have never had an ultrasound. My breast surgeon told me I don’t need it. Did you request it or one of the specialists?
  • iserbrown
    iserbrown Member Posts: 5,579
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    This has been discussed at length on ACA recently!   

    Copy and paste from article
    The TGA is expected to deliver its ruling on textured implants in coming days, a decision that can’t come soon enough for these women.

    Source: https://pressfrom.info/au/news/australia/-121586-living-in-fear-decision-due-on-breast-implants-linked-to-cancer.html

    From BCNA
    https://www.bcna.org.au/news/2019/04/australian-authorities-to-consider-banning-textured-breast-implants/

    It will be interesting to see what the outcome is!
  • SusanF
    SusanF Member Posts: 202
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    hi everyone, It’s been some years since I was active on the site, much has changed and I’m struggling to find a discussion board on RUPTURED IMPLANTS, discovered after feeling so sick. Words no one wants to hear, but here I am, awaiting replacement in 3 weeks and pretty disgusted by the manufacturers warranty financial assistance. I would dearly love to discuss and gleam any insights. Thanks.
  • Mez_BCNA
    Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 921
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    Hi @SusanF, you may wish to create a discussion on the subject of 'Ruptured implants' in the Choosing breast reconstruction private group (If you are not a member already you can request to join. There was a discussion on the subject last year within the group https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/discussion/23223/new-to-group-implant-rupture and there was a discussion in the group last week after the channel 7 news story around breast implant illness, in which I also listed the strategies for people who may be concerned about their own implants: https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/discussion/24663/here-we-go-again#latest 

    Here is another discussion in the main forum from last year as well https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/discussion/24036/replace-implants-ruptured

    I hope this is the insight you are looking for and wishing you all the best for your upcoming surgery. Sorry to hear you are experiencing these challenges and obstacles.

    Please reach out to our Helpline 1800 500 258 if we can assist any further.