Implant Ban Could Have Global Impact
On March 31, French authorities banned the manufacture, use and export of PIP breast implants after complaints of high rupture rates. Now, plastic surgeons worldwide have been advised to prepare all women implanted with silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) on the need to remove them.
The advice appears in correspondence sent by the International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) to member organizations. IPRAS membership spans around 100 countries. Referring to the ongoing tests on the filler gel used in PIP implants, a letter signed by IPRAS general secretary Dr Marita Eisenmann-Klein says, “Although the investigation of the French health authorities is still ongoing, I suggest that you prepare the patient that the recommendation will be most likely implant removal.”
The letter also warns that PIP had filed for bankruptcy.