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Latest advice on PIP implants

Women with concerns told to speak to their GP

Ingrid Torjesen

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Department of Health has updated its advice on how doctors should manage women with PIP breast implants who have concerns about the implants.

The latest advice from the NHS and plastic surgery experts is that women with PIP breast implants do not need to have them removed unless they have symptoms such as pain and tenderness.

A review of the evidence has shown no link to cancer and there is no clear evidence of an increased risk of harm compared to other brands of breast implants.

As a result the government is advising that women with breast implants with concerns to find out which brand of implant they have by checking their medical notes. They should be able to access this information either from the clinic who carried out the procedure or their GP. Those who had their PIP implants on the NHS should receive a letter informing them of the fact within the next few weeks.

Women with PIP implants should then speak to a specialist at the clinic where the procedure was carried out, if the work was done privately, or their GP, if the work was done on the NHS to agree what the best course of action is.

Women who had the work done at a private clinic that no longer exists or refuses to remove the PIP implants, are being advised to speak to their GP. The NHS will remove the implants if the doctor’s advice is that this is necessary, but the NHS will not replace implants unless it is clinically necessary.

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