Breast augmentation and reconstructive surgery
can trace its history back to World War II era Japan where prostitutes underwent crude procedures to enlarge their breasts in hopes of attracting U.S. servicemen. In the 1960s two Texas plastic surgeons, Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin, developed the first silicone breast implant. Timmie Jean Lindsey was the first woman to receive the device in 1962.
Today, breast augmentation surgery is wildly popular. In the United States and Canada the use of saline implants is much more widespread than silicone. However, silicone is still the primary implant in Europe. The implant is placed either above or below the pectoral muscle, depending on the surgeon and the patient's preference.
Concern over the safety of implants, especially the silicone variety, reached a frenzy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. High profile lawsuits
alleged that Dow Corning and other silicone implant manufacturers knew that their products caused cancer
and autoimmune diseases
such as lupus
. The Food & Drug Administration halted the use of silicone implants except in limited cases, and today saline is the implant of choice.
In the late 1990s researchers began to question whether silicone implants really increased the risk of disease. To date, most studies have failed to demonstrate a connection between silicone implants and cancer or autoimmune diseases. However, a Food & Drug Administration report released in April 2001 renewed concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants. The report, while not conclusive, found a correlation between silicone breast implants and a painful connective tissue disorder known as fibromyalgia
In August 2004, scientists with American University announced that women with silicone breast implants may have higher levels of platinum in their body. Researchers say the type of platinum discovered is different than the one normally found in the body and at high levels, may cause eye and mental problems as well as facial tics.
Breast Implant Surgery & Medical Device Injury
If you are suffering from side effects as a result of having breast augmentation surgery, then you should speak to your plastic surgeon or general practitioner immediately, as this may be an indication of serious problems related to your surgery. Women who are experiencing problems related to breast augmentation surgery may wish to consult with an attorney
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