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Biocell implants by Allergan recalled

arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 3,866
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Other rough textured implants were withdrawn earlier in the year.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


  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,969


  • Patti JPatti J Member, Dragonfly Posts: 589
    This has been around for years. 
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 3,866
    edited December 2018
    The one earlier in the year was a different brand i believe, also a rough textured one

    A few years ago it was Cereform
  • JP2049JP2049 Member Posts: 2 New Member
    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?
  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,893
    edited April 2019
    @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
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 3,866
    As @kmakm said ..... raise it with your surgeon.  All the best xx

  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,969
    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 :/
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 3,866
    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

  • ChrisChris Member Posts: 812
    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.
  • JP2049JP2049 Member Posts: 2 New Member
    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?
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,118
    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

    It will be interesting to see what the outcome is!
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