Allergan Textured Implant Recall

By Dr. Sutton Graham on July 25, 2019


The US Food and Drug Administration and Allergan Corporation yesterday announced a voluntary recall of textured surface ("BioCell") breast implants and tissue expanders.  This was in response to evolving research indicating a possible causative link between textured surface implants and BIA-ALCL, anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  Women with this condition typically present years after cosmetic breast augmentation or breast reconstruction with unilateral swelling, pain, or a lump adjacent to their implant or in the armpit.  Both silicone gel filled and saline filled implants have been involved.  Women with these or other implants are not encouraged to have implants removed or changed if they have no symptoms, but are encouraged to see their primary care physician or plastic surgeon if they have symptoms or concerns.

Dr. Graham has used some Allergan textured implants, but almost all of our patients have smooth surface, saline filled Mentor brand implants.  Some of our patients have Ideal brand saline implants.  Each of our patients are given their implant brand & type information on a ID card with model and serial numbers at the time of their surgery.  Our patients then contact the manufacturer to register the product.  This provides the mechanism for the company to contact them directly if a future recall is needed.  Patients can contact the manufacturer to receive the latest information about their implants. 

We encourage concerned patients to call or e-mail us:

  • To determine which type implant they have.  (Check your implant ID card first.)
  • To report any suspicions or breast symptoms.
  • To schedule an opportunity for updated examination and discussion.

To review our previous blog posts on this evolving subject please refer to March 27, 2019, April 16, 2018 and February 15, 2011.

A recent CBS This Morning news video link is included for your information:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/allergan-implant-recall-breast-implants-tied-to-rare-form-of-cancer-recalled-fda-request-today-2019-07-24/

 

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