Explantation

TIMELY AND PROPER EXPLANTATION IS CRUCIAL TO RECOVERING YOUR HEALTH

Timely and proper explantation (removal) of breast implants is the most crucial step to your recovery from breast implant illness.  As soon as the implants are properly removed, you will likely notice a reduction or clearing of some of your SYMPTOMS.  However, some symptoms may linger until your body has completed a DETOXIFICATION process and had a chance to heal.   Good news is, we note a number of women who were symptomatic and had timely explantation and felt that they recovered their health within approximately a year after removal of implants.  Unfortunately, there are other women who do not ever fully recover their health or quality of life due to breast implants and some women who develop deadly disease and die prematurely due to breast implants.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SURGEON WHO IS EXPERIENCED AT EN-BLOC EXPLANTATION

No matter what you read or are told from your plastic surgeon about explantation of breast implants, if you are symptomatic ALL BREAST IMPLANTS SHOULD BE REMOVED EN-BLOC NO MATTER THE TYPE OF IMPLANT.   En-bloc is a breast implant removal procedure first developed in France to deal with the earlier versions of silicone breast implants when ruptured and leaking silicone.  En-bloc removal means the surgeon removes the surrounding tissue capsule and the implant together, intact, as one unit, without disrupting either capsule or implant to avoid further contamination of the body tissues.  If you are symptomatic it should be obvious to you and your doctor that the tissue capsule around your implant is contaminated and En-bloc removal is necessary.  Proper En-bloc removal is your best chance at recovering your health.  Even if you are not symptomatic and you have silicone, cohesive gel or textured saline implants they should be removed En-bloc for your utmost health because there will be contamination in the capsule.

Recently, I have been hearing from several women who just got implants in the last few months and are reacting immediately and having them removed.  In the case that your implants are only a few months old, En-bloc removal would not be necessary as there would be very little capsule tissue built by your body in the first few months of having implants.

THE REAL REASON PLASTIC SURGEON’S AVOID EN-BLOC EXPLANTS

Some plastic surgeons argue against En-bloc removal saying it is unnecessary as they do not believe implants cause illness, or unnecessary due to thin capsules or it carries undue risk.  Again, if you’ve had your implants for twelve months or longer you will have capsule tissue and if you are symptomatic, it should be obvious that your breast implants have contaminated the surrounding tissue capsule and En-bloc removal is necessary.  The real reason some plastic surgeon’s avoid En-bloc removal is because it takes a more skilled surgeon with experience and it takes extra time and requires a general anesthetic which carries more risk than a local anesthetic.  Your placing plastic surgeon will only get paid a nominal sum, if at all, for breast implant removal and so they prefer to do a short 20 minute procedure, in their office, under a local anesthetic simply cutting you and pulling out the implants leaving the contaminated capsules in your body.  Easy for them.  Bad for you!  Leaving the capsules in your body whether thin or not means all the contamination within the capsules will be left behind and eventually taken up into your body which results in a longer and more severe illness for you.  Some plastic surgeons even rupture the implant while removing it causing additional contamination.  Some plastic surgeons will argue that En-bloc removal could result in disfigurement of your breast or ribcage but this is mostly untrue.  A skilled and experienced En-bloc surgeon should be able to avoid further disfigurement than the disfigurement already caused by implantation.

If your plastic surgeon does not acknowledge breast implant illness, silicone toxicity, argues against En-bloc implant removal, or cannot prove their En-bloc skill and experience to you, we suggest not using him for the explant.  There are stories of women who thought they were getting a proper En-bloc removal because their surgeon lied or confused them with the terms Total Capsulectomy, Capsulectomy and Capsulotomy and they suffered further contamination.

DON’T BE CONFUSED BY THE DIFFERENT TERMS CAPSULECTOMY AND CAPSULOTOMY

I read a brief piece on someone’s personal site that said some surgeon’s may refer to the French En-bloc removal procedure as “Total Capsulectomy” in North America and it may be essentially the same procedure but I would not count on this.  Have your surgeon explain to you in detail exactly how the explantation procedure will be done and then record the details in writing for you so you both can sign off on it.  Keep a copy of signed document for your records.   Do not get confused by the terms En-bloc, Total Capsulectomy, Capsulectomy and Capsulotomy:

En-bloc – is the French term that references the proper procedure for removing all  breast implants and capsules.  

Total Capsulectomy – may be your surgeon’s reference for En-bloc removal but not necessarily.  It may also be your surgeon’s reference for removing the implant first and then removing the capsule tissue after and this procedure may further contaminate your tissues.  You must find out exactly what he means if he uses the term Total Capsulectomy instead of En-bloc.  

Capsulectomy – is a procedure in which the entire capsule of tissue surrounding a breast implant is surgically removed and this procedure is generally used to fix capsular constracture.  

Capsulotomy – there are two types of Capsulotomy:  Open Capsulotomy is a procedure in which the capsule is surgically released and/or partially removed through an incision within the breast area.  Closed Capsulotomy refers to a procedure where the surgeon breaks down capsule tissue while leaving the implant in place using vigorous compression.  Closed Capsulotomy is not recommended due to risk of rupture of the implant and voids the warranty on most breast implants.

If your implants are placed sub-muscularly a small part of the capsule may have to be left because it is stuck to your rib(s).  This was true in my case.  I had cohesive gel implants which were stuck to my ribs and my surgeon had to leave approximately 5 per cent of the capsule tissue because removing it would damage the rib.

WORD OF MOUTH REFERRALS FOR GOOD EN-BLOC EXPLANT SURGEONS

A good way to find an En-bloc surgeon for explant in your area is word of mouth referrals via Internet from happy explant clients.  Here is a list of EXPLANT SURGEONS  which I gathered from the net.

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW IN REGARD TO EXPLANTATION

READY YOUR BODY BEFORE SURGERY – Depending on the time frame before your explant, you can prepare your body by nourishing yourself as well as you can, fueling with extra high quality vitamins and minerals to support healing and improving your gut health through a organic, wholefoods diet and lots of soil based probiotics.  Do not start any detoxification procedures until about a month after explant as you do not want to spread anymore toxins than necessary through your system and organs.  Your surgeon may request that all supplements be stopped at least two weeks prior to your surgery so as not to affect the actual surgery itself.

OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR IMPLANTATION OPERATIVE REPORT – Obtain a copy of the operative report for your implantation from the placing plastic surgeon.  The operative report will help the explant surgeon and will be helpful if you decide to get your implants analyzed and or explore legal avenues.

OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR EXPLANTATI0N OPERATIVE REPORT – Obtain a copy of the operative report for your explantation from the explanting plastic surgeon.  The operative report will help analysis and may also be required down the road for legal proceedings.

OBTAIN WARRANTY INFORMATION AND SERIAL NUMBERS OF YOUR IMPLANTS FROM THE PLACING SURGEON – All breast implants have serial numbers so they can be tracked because they are classed as medical devices.  The serial number is on the breast implant itself and should be recorded in your placing surgeon’s files.  Breast implants usually have a warranty of ten years and the manufacturer may cover some expenses of surgery due to a ruptured, leaking or defective implant.

ENSURE THAT YOUR IMPLANTS ARE RETURNED TO YOU IMMEDIATELY AFTER REMOVAL -You paid for your implants and they belong to you and should be returned to you directly after explant.  Don’t let your plastic surgeon keep them, throw them away or tell you they have to go to pathology for testing.  The capsule tissue does have to go to pathology for testing for cancer.  You will want to inspect your breast implants yourself after removal.  Mine smelled strongly of chemicals.  You may want to send them to Dr. Blais, more about Dr. Blais under RESOURCESfor analysis to understand exactly what toxins contaminated you.  You may need your breast implants for future legal proceedings.

ENSURE THAT YOUR CAPSULE TISSUE IS RETURNED TO YOU – If you are planning on having your implants analyzed by Dr. Blais request your capsule tissue back after pathology is done testing it for cancer.  Capsule tissue will be able to tell Dr. Blais the story of what happened in your body in regard to the implants and illness.

CONTACT THE IMPLANT MANUFACTURER FOR WARRANTY AND EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT – If you obtained your implant information from the placing plastic surgeon or if you received your implants after explantation you will be able to determine the manufacturer.  Contact the manufacturer to see what is available to you in regard to warranty or reimbursement for surgeon fees.

I wish you the very best in a speedy explant and full recovery of your health as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us below.

73 thoughts on “Explantation

  1. Janine Dicostanzo

    Scared to death. I had silicone implants in August 2014. Prior a fat transfer to the breast that did not work. About two months after augmentation my breast were full of cysts. 6 months later I developed a enlarged lymph node in my right axillary and very high levels of enzymes in my liver. This is where it gets tricky. I am a 15 year lymphoma survivor. Now I’m concerned that the lymph node is cancer and not because of the implant. I had a biopsy and it has been a week with no results yet. Since last week little nodes are active in the groin and other axillia. I am going out of my mind with worry. Can I have a silicone leak that my body is reacting too.? I know the biopsy will let me know for sure but I need to stay sane for now and wonder if my body could be reacting. They found no abnormalities with my liver or organs other than elevated enzymes. Any help appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janine,
      The lymph nodes around my breast, armpit, the base of my neck and throat area on the left side were sore and swelled from my implants. Sore and enlarged lymph nodes are a common symptom of toxicity from leaking or ruptured implants. However, the new series of implants seem to have very aggressive chemicals on the envelope of the implants that create toxicity immediately (I hear from many women that are poisoned quickly) in the body so it is entirely possible that your enlarged lymph could be caused from your implants. In any event, I recommend explanting and following a detoxification protocol. Check into Gerson Therapy. Nicole

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  2. Anne13

    Hi Nicole,

    Thank you for this wonderful article and info, it has been most helpful in understanding the importance of total capsulectomy.

    Could you please tell me if your doctor also sewed your muscle back to the chest when explanting? I have sub muscular implants too and am experiencing distortion when moving and was wondering if this will go away naturally after explantation or not.

    Also, my left breast implant has shown internal rupture during ultrasound and would like to know if enbloc is necessary or will a total capsulectomy be just as good. I’m afraid I will not be able to find any surgeon capable of removing enbloc since in my country I haven’t heard of anyone just removing implants and not replacing them afterwards.

    Thanks a lot.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anne13,
      No, my chest muscles were not sewn back to the chest after explant, they were just allowed to settle back on their own and now they seem normal (no distortions) but my implants were small so larger implants may be a factor in how the muscles settle back after explant of submuscular implants. I would recommend Enbloc style breast implant removal for liquid silicone and textured implants because in those two type of implants it is imperative to avoid contaminating the body with the liquid silicone or the fibers that flake off from the textured implants. If your implants are saline or cohesive gel a Total Capsulectomy is sufficient. Best wishes, Nicole

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  3. Maria Rizzi

    I have implants that are more then 25 years. I have a great amount of pain in both breasts. I feel sick almost every day .One implant showed a rupture in a mammogram. The implants are silicone. I want to have them removed. All the doctors I spoke with will not deal with Medicare. Before I retired my health insurance
    would not pay for it , they said any complications with cosmetic surgery is not covered. All my attempts to find resources to Medicare have failed. Do you have any
    recommendations ? I appreciate any comments.
    Thank you, Maria

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maria,
      I suggest contacting Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta, Georgia as she is able to go through insurance when other doctors could not be bothered. Nicole

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  4. Jess

    I have saline implants submuscular for 2.5 years. I spoke with the ps that implanted and told him I just did not want them anymore because they were too big and uncomfortable and i like to sleep on my stomach. He told me since I do NOT want to put any implants in, he likes to do a full capsulectomy. He believes is the capsule is left in it may cause problem later on.
    My question is, should i do the removal with him capsulectomy. or should I look for a PS that does en-bloc?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jess,
      You have a good PS who knows the proper procedure when explanting is to do a Total Capsulectomy. Because you have no symptoms or illness, an Enbloc style removal is not necessary. Nicole

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  5. Erin

    I’m removing my 12 year old saline implants (round, smooth, submuscular). I’m not experiencing any health issues. It is just time to either replace or remove them. Is there a need to have an en bloc removal if I’m healthy and have no symptoms of breast implant illness? Thanks in advance.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erin,
      Enbloc removal is not necessary in your case however a Total Capsulectomy is always necessary when explanting for many reasons. I will send you a medical paper written by a well respected plastic surgeon explaining why a Total Capsulectomy is necessary which you can use when you arrange your explant. Nicole

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  6. toni

    I just has 23 year old silicone implants removed. They returned them to me in individual plastic buckets and they are yellow!! I know for a fact they were clear upon insertion. The shells are split and there is no brand marking visible on the implant although I know they were mentor siltex. Why is there no marking and why are they yellow?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Toni,
      Implants are now classed as medical devices and require an identification marking and a serial number on the implant however your implants must have been manufactured and placed before that rule came into effect which is the reason they are not labeled and serial numbered. The fact that they are yellow proves to you that implants get contaminated with your body fluids and chemistry and your body gets contaminated with the toxic chemicals of the implants through a process called Lipolysis. Nicole

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  7. Lisa

    Hi, I am in need for some help for those who had their implants removed. I went to five plastic surgeons and one was on the breast implant removal website. I am having a problem finding one that will remove all the capsule. The one one the website said he would do the en bloc but if some of my capsule is stuck on my ribs he would leave it because it’s too dangerous to remove seen as how my implants are under the muscle. Is goal is to remove it 100% but he’s not willing to risk anything. Anyone else have this problem. My implants are only 1 year and 4 months so scar tissue is very thin.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      My seven year old cohesive gel implants were submuscular (under the muscle) and on the ribs too. My doctor endeavored to remove all the capsule tissue but had to leave 5 per cent on the left side because it was stuck to the rib and he did not want to damage the rib by scraping it off. That area where the capsule tissue was left was sore to the touch and more inflammed than the rest of the breast tissue for months but eventually, in about nine months, 100 per cent healed. My detox was hard because I was so badly poisoned by the chemicals and heavy metals from my implants but two years since explant I am recovered. I have heard from other ladies that their doctor said the same, they would not remove capsule tissue which is stuck to ribs. I hope this helps. Nicole

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      1. Lisa

        Thanks for replying! Do I stop obsessing over this? I feel like he’s being honest and he’s the only one that will remove it en bloc. He said only 20% of his patients feel better. Could this be why? He’s on this website for an explant surgeon. Dr fenner in Illinois. Anyone else use him and have good results? I had my implants in and after six months I’ve had GI issues, joint pain and swelling, tingling fingers, toes, and neck, hormonal issues, weight gain, swollen lymph nodes in neck and swelling in the face. All my blood test come back normal. I have been to every doctor and no one knows what to tell me. I hope I can regain my health back. It’s this normal symptoms and did these problems go away for you?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Lisa,
          Where do you live? Perhaps I can recommend a better surgeon within a reasonable distance for you? I don’t like Fenner’s comment to you that only 20 per cent of his patients get better. The only reason his patients would not get better is because they were not explanted properly. That scares me a bit. Of the hundreds of women that I communicate with (approx. 500 to date), almost all get better with a proper explant, some basic detoxification instructions and time, about a year more or less. Your symptoms are pretty common and yes, they will go away. Nicole

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  8. Regina Stanley

    Hi Nicole
    I had explant surgery last Wednesday and just wanted to know if I should start detox now ? I have been on the diet prior to surgery due to GI problems for the past three months. I cut out sugars caffeine,processed food breads , fast food, soda. I don’t know what else I should be doing. Is it okay to drink v8 juice? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless you,!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Regina,
      Please see the Detoxification page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/. The biggest factor in your detoxification process will be a clean, organic, nonGMO, wholefoods diet that provides your body the intense nourishment is needs to recover and heal and which you can start right away. I would not take anything to stimulate detoxification until about one month after explant because your body is healing from surgery right now and needs energy for that. Start with the wholefood diet and some juicing to get extra nourishment and then start with the supplements in about one months time. I would not drink V8 juice as it is processed. Don’t eat anything processed. Instead make your own juice at home. Omega makes a good basic juicer: http://www.omegajuicers.com/ . I suggest a carrot juice and a green juice each day from organic produce. The carrot juice is made from fresh organic carrots enough to make 8 ounces, don’t peel the carrots just scrub them clean. The green juice I suggest is from Gerson Therapy and includes; green and red lettuces, bitter lettuces, one leaf Swiss chard, one quarter green pepper, wedge of red cabbage and one green granny smith apple. In the first months after explant I drank up to six juices a day (three green and three carrot) in addition to eating three whole food meals. Soon I am going to be expanding the Detoxification page so check back in a couple weeks. Nicole

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      1. Fiona turrisi

        Hi I had my implants taken out s week ago. I don’t regret taking them out I regret ever putting them in. My once small size perky bust looked better than my empty sock look now. I’m wondering if you know or any one out there thag is also concave look straight after and is if going to fill a little in time? Because my self esteem is worse than before I can’t shower it look at myself. Surgeons only response Is get implants again!!!! Wrong wrong

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        1. admin Post author

          Thank you Gina. I really appreciate how we are all coming together to make a community of help and support.

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  9. sharon ribando

    Good Morning, I have been to a few doctors trying to plan my explant but they all have said with saline implants i would only need to remove the implant. I have told them about all my health issues but i am being told capsule removal would be unnecessary and with saline implants all i would need to do is have them removed and my health would improve. NOW! After reading this website i am very confused and not feeling comfortable. If any one has experience this and has some info i would deeply appreciate it. Also one of the doctors said he would take a look around the capsule and would remove if needed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sharon,
      Very little surgical skill is required to place breast implants and several doctors not trained in surgery or plastic surgery are placing implants in ladies but don’t have the the surgical training, skills or experience to remove breast implants properly and so they advise a quick removal done in their office under a local anesthetic leaving the capsule tissue behind which saves them time and money but is very bad for you. Keep looking for a real surgeon or plastic surgeon who understands, because it is well known in their industry, that a Total Capsulectomy is required when explanting. If you are suffering symptoms it means that the capsule tissue is contaminated (it makes no difference if you have saline or silicone implants as the chemicals are present in both and bio-toxins can be present in both) and leaving capsules in your body will cause a more severe and prolonged recovery for you. Leaving capsule tissue behind also causes pain and inflammation at the site as your body will build further capsule tissue around the left over capsule tissue which is painful, disfiguring and interferes with mammography readings and can prolong auto-immune symptoms. Keep looking for a plastic surgeon or surgeon who has your best interests in mind, all capsules need to be removed when explanting breast implants. Many women request their implants and their capsule tissue returned to them directly after removal so they have proof it is removed. Please see the Explantation page and the World Wide Explant Surgeons pages on this site for more information. Nicole

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  10. Sharon Ribando

    I have had saline implants for 11yrs now and the last 5yrs of my life has been a living HELL!!! With every symptom that has been listed here on this site and then some! Most of all i am angry with my self for getting breast implants in the first place! But i am also angry about the fact this illness is such a hush hush topic! I feel like some of my illness could been avoided when i called my surgeon 4 yrs ago to asked if symptoms could be related to breast implants???? Of course i was assured in no way possible my symptoms were related! With that being said and the fact i believed saline implants were safe, I continued to become VERY sick to the point that i am completely bedridden! I have researched every disease and had every blood test MRI etc. that is available to man kind! With no answers! I have scheduled my explant and praying to recover from this nightmare! With believing some go through things in order to help others i plan to share this info with many woman as possible! I am very thankful for this website and the woman that shared there experience. Praying to fully recover and hope to be given the opportunity to give back the time that’s been taken from myself, husband and children. God Bless you all.

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  11. Jessica Mark

    Hi…have had my implants since 2000. They are saline and sub-muscular. Never had a problem with them ever before. Been experiencing numbness/tingling/burning in hands and feet, balance problems, overall shakiness and tremors (in both hands) and muscle and postural weakness, headaches, foggy brain, heart palpitations, tight chest feelings, the symptoms are endless. This started two weeks ago. I’ve been to a neurologist and he did nerve conduction tests and EMGs which were normal. Primary blood work came back normal, EKG normal and Oxygen saturation normal. I’ve had another round of bloodwork that I haven’t gotten the results back from yet and am waiting on an authorization for MRI of the brain. Been searching on the net for every explanation possible and came across this. I was wondering if any doctor has a test that can prove the implants are causing the sickness? I live in Miami, FL. Can you recommend any doctor here to help me? I’m still going to do the other tests but if everything come back normal I will go this course of action.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      There is no single test that definitively proves your implants are the causing illness. There is a silicone allergy test at some labs however it may not be very helpful as silicones are a combination of different chemicals from company to company and even from batch to batch. I can tell you that your symptoms are common to breast implant illness and since your implants are approximately 15 years old the envelopes will be breaking down and distributing toxic chemicals and particles of silicone throughout your body and the saline inside the implants which can harbor fungus and bacteria will be leaking through the envelope. All breast implants impair our immune system because they are large, foreign objects that eventually overwhelm our immune system and allow other opportunistic organisms such as fungus or bacteria to grow out of control and or cause our immune system to turn on itself and create symptoms of various auto-immune diseases. I suggest trusting your instincts and having your implants properly removed, detoxing and healing. Nicole

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      1. Grace

        Hi I’m Grace and I’ve been sick for 5 years. I have two different implants in me. One is saline smooth and the other is is textured silicone( possibly silicone) . After surgery the doctor informed me that he had to put a textured implant in, of course im out of it and clueless about it. I didn’t even ask him why. I feel so stupid. I have been searching for a explant doctor that is gentle and caring in the Fort Worth Area. I heard a lot about Dr Melmed, but I am not wanting to go through my nipple. I also dont want my breast tissue touched. I dont want a lift either. I know i sound picky, but I’ve been through enough! Any suggestions?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Grace,
          I can suggest a few other surgeons from Texas which are on the Explant Surgeon list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ and one is even from Fort Worth. I also suggest that you ensure that the textured implant is removed Enbloc as the texture fibers tends to flake off into the capsule and exacerbate illness from breast implants. Best wishes, Nicole

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  12. Jess

    I have had saline implants for 2 years now.
    Before december i noticed that i had lots of headaches..not full blown headache all the time but just a dull ache that went of for a day or 2. this last month of december i started feeling muscle twitches (i could see the muscle twitching) in my left arm, also tingle in the fingers, cold fingertips and heaviness in the arms also i feel my feet and ankle a feeling of been swollen.I went to the ER and they told me my heart was heathy and there was no problem. I followed up with a neurologist and he has done some test and I am going in for MRI and MRA tomorrow. Also went to a new primary care doctor and she did blood work for LOTS of things, like heavy metals, vitamine, minerals, thyroid etc.
    I really want to Explant. how much does the surgery costs?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jess,
      Trust your instincts, your symptoms are from your implants. Explants with a total capsule removal, usually start at approximately $4,000 and go up from there. Some ladies have told me that some doctors are quoting as high as $11,000. I recommend seeing the placing surgeon, first, but do not be dissuaded by him and if he does not believe in breast implant illness move on to finding another better doctor and surgeon. Where do you live? Perhaps I make a recommendation. Insurance pays for explants in some cases. Nicole

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  13. MSTREE

    I am recently stumbling upon these websites explaining this illness that is caused by silicone implants. You have no idea how relieved I am to finally be justified and validated with stories that are EXACTLY like mine! For years I’ve been brushed off by doctors of all kinds, and I started to think I was going nuts. Thank you all for your honesty and courage. I have an explant planned in a few weeks. I am praying that these autoimmune problems start to dissipate so I can live my life again.

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  14. Maria C.

    I need to find a doctor its been 7 months after my breast implant removal, appears I need to be on disability, I need a good doctor in inland empire that treats Bio-toxin illness. Having serious eye issues again and other horrible symptoms.

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  15. Melissa

    Do you know of a good explant doctor in the St. Louis, MO area? There are a lot of plastic surgeons but they all promote implants and I want an experienced explant doctor that believes in breast implant illness.

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  16. Kirstie

    Hi,
    I’ve only had implants for just over 2 months but haven’t felt right since 2 weeks after op.
    Numb legs, anxiety, dizziness? Is this down to my implants or is it too soon to tell?
    I’m seriously thinking of having my implants removed as prior to surgery I was always very healthy. If I was to have the implants removed would I not need en bloc as they are only a few months old?
    Thanks
    Kirstie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kirstie,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your implants and I hear from many women that are having the same experience as you. The newer implants have very toxic chemicals on the envelope which are poisoning women quickly. Because you have had your implants so recently, your body will not have had much of chance to build capsule tissue and the removal of your implants should be quick and easy, done with a local anesthetic in your plastic surgeon’s office. Never mind your surgeon’s feelings or comments about removal, just get them out soon. Your body will eventually detox the chemicals and your symptoms will disappear in time. Leaving the implants in will cause more symptoms and illness as time goes by. Just so you know it is not unusual for a percentage of ladies to dislike implants and have them removed right after getting them for many different personal reasons and your surgeon will have experienced this or know of it. Follow your intuition which is telling you that they are unhealthy. I am here for you at any time. Nicole

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      1. Lisa Teriipaia

        Aloha, I can relate to your testamonie seriously I feel like Im dying! Im 53 yrs old, It’s been 10yrs of my life declining very depresing. I need a strong referral here in Oahu,Hi to have a propper sSaline breast removal. Please help me, mahalo;Lisa

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        1. admin Post author

          Aloha Lisa,
          Unfortunately, I don’t have a surgeon recommendation for you in Hawaii, not yet, perhaps you be the first to recommend a good surgeon for ladies wanting to explant. Read the Explanation page from the site here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ so you know what you are looking for in a good surgeon and find a plastic surgeon in Hawaii that will carefully remove your implants and do a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue). After your explant, follow some basic guidelines for detoxification here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ and allow about a year of time to heal and you will recover your health. E pili mau nâ pômaika`i me `oe, a hui hou, Nicole

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  17. Melissa Sellers

    Is there a way to test if your implants are bad besides taking them out? What if I remove them and I am still sick?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      It is not a question of if your implants are bad or not. The implants are bad, no question. Implants are made of toxic chemicals which breakdown in your body through lipolysis and poison your tissues and organs. As well implants become contaminated with bacteria and or fungus because implants are large foreign bodies which overwhelm your immune system and bacteria and fungus normally kept in check by your immune system can grow out of control. Saline implants especially can be breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus due to their construction and design but so can silicone at times. Both saline and silicone implants contain toxic chemicals in the shell and silicone on the inside. All implants are bad, there are no safe or better implants. Many implants rupture and leak well before their ten year estimated life span. In any event, they all have to come out at some point. If you are ill, it is most likely your implants causing your illness. Nicole

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  18. Chanda

    I am so happy found this site. I’ve had my saline implants since 2010, I was 33 at that time. Now looking back on when my symptoms began was almost a year to the day I got them. My symptoms started with migraines,heat senstivity and nausea. Since then I have gone to many doctors for things going on with me. My symptoms range from heart palpitations, chest pain, left arm, shoulder and back pain, foggy brain, hair loss, very fatigued, hormones outta wack. My symptoms are really bad around that time of the month. I’ve had many test and blood work done and they can’t find anything wrong with me. Could this be caused by my implants? I told doctors I think that’s what it is and they just blow me off. I know it has to be the implants but no one will listen. I hate all the pain and not being able to function and enjoy my kids and husband because I always feel so bad.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chanda,
      Yes, your implants are causing your illness and they need to be removed properly as soon as possible. After removal of your implants, your body will detox and then you will recover your health. Please review the Explantation, Detoxification and Surgeon pages of the site and that should give you the information you need to understand what a proper explant is and look for a doctor in your area and prepare yourself for detoxification. I am here for you every step of the way. Nicole

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  19. Tamara

    I have troubled with my implants since the very beginning, nad no one wishes to remove them here in France, yet your article mentions that this was first done in France, would you be able to suggest a dr please?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tamara,
      I know another lady, Maria, that was recently explanted in France. I will get the name of her plastic surgeon for you and write you back. Would you like to talk to Maria as well? Perhaps you can support each other through detox. Nicole

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      1. shelley hart

        Help does anyone know an eminent explant surgeon in the UK. I had naturell gel implants 3 years ago, and for the last year have been really ill.
        Have So many of the symptoms listed on here. ATM Im on a permanent antibiotic and pills to treat hiatus hernia. Ive been to numerous Doctors and had numerous tests. Its a nightmare. Please can anyone help

        Shelley

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  20. tara

    hey there. i am from nz and ive had implants since 2005. im looking at getting explanted now. i have really minor symptoms but i believe they are related to my implants and noone believes me. im scared and i want these things out. im really just reaching out for some support. would be great to talk to someone who understands.

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  21. Bethany

    I had saline implants put in 6 yrs ago. I was just really had little self esteem after having 2 kids. I had NO boobs left at all. It took me four years to convince my husband to let me get them. Of course he now loves them! I am thinking of having my removed because they are just really bigger than I wanted them in the first place. I went from an A to a D, but I only wanted a small C. I guess that’s a chance you take. I do have some weird things going on with my body though and am wondering if it is because of the implants or am I just trying to find an excuse to justify the costs of removing them. Any advice would be appreciated. I have severe hip/butt pain. I often can’t sleep because I cannot find a comfortable position. I have had an MRI and it shows tendonitis. I am an RN and have a demanding ICU job. I figure the tendonitis is caused from the “up and down” motion I constantly do while at work….sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, etc. I also have a weird metal taste in my mouth that I have seeen my dentist about and he cannot find the source of it. I was thinking that it was from having a glass of wine or two on most nights. I also have severe itching in my feet when they get warm. My mind is often foggy, but I am chalking that up to having a child recently leave for the Marine Corp and I haven’t adjusted to it very well. I also have been having some pains in my chest area, not heart related though. I just had my well-woman visit last week and my doc said he didn’t think it could be my implants. Wow! I am a nurse and I sound like a nut case!!!! I just didn’t think saline implants were unsafe! Any advice is welcome!!!!!! Thank you! Bethany

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    1. Dana

      I just had my explant two weeks ago! I do feel better, but anxiety has been my worst complaint. I finally had to resort to take something to sleep. I KNOW this will be a journey, but I also know these implants were making me very sick! My capsule tested positive for staph! Ultrasound showed leaking of saline! I am so thankful to this forum for giving me complete peace upon making the decision to rid myself of these toxic bombs. My doctor informed me that fungus dying off caused anxiety. I started my protocol right away for detox as that is what my doctor does. It is hard. I mainly feel weak. Pain is not that bad considering all that takes place inside our poor breasts. I am here if anyone needs encouragement. I want you all to know that we will get better…one moment at a time. Be patient and trust…

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      1. Arianna

        Dana:
        Where did you have your explantation. Is there any other way I can contact you?
        I would like to ask you a lot of things since I am going to have my explantation in 2 weeks!

        Thanks a lot!
        Arianna

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    2. Dana

      Bethany…I am an RN also. I believe performing CPR started my journey to illness…I wasn’t spelled for a long time and after that my chest always hurt! Trust your instinct!

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  22. Patricia

    Hi Marian & Linsey , It is wonderful news you both are feeling so well so soon after your surgery, is there anything in particular you would recommend I do before my surgery ? I am going in for breast explantation surgery on 21st July in Australia after having my implants for 27 years , I have been unwell for approx 15 years with very low iron stores , very low immune system , tired , depressed etc for all these years , I finally asked my doctor to have a MRI scan of my breasts which revealed both of them have ruptured . Reading your comments have given me the confidence I need at this time , Thankyou both so much for sharing your experience , I am looking forward to feeling well & enjoying my life again ! :))

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  23. linsey

    I had explant surgery last Thursday and I feel tons better. It was a long 4 hour surgery but my surgeon was able to get everything, Does anyone still have anxiety after they got theirs out. It comes and goes but not sure if it wilL take time or if I should go talk to someone about getting on medication? I get these weird chest sensations and sometimes head sensations but i have had 2 ekgs, chest xrays and brain mri’s so I think its anxiety. anybody have this or any input? tHANKS!

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    1. rosemarie

      Hi Linsey,
      I have had implants since 2005 and did not have any problems until this past year. I started with chest tightness and breathlessness followed by terrible fatigue and tingling in my face and extremities. this is accompanied by terrible muscle cramps and hand tremors, poor balance and brain fog. When I get very tired, I get heart palpitations and anxiety bordering on panic if I am not able to get somewhere and rest. I have seen 2 neurologists and was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy for which no cause could be determined. I am going to have explanation in early January. However, I have a dilemma. I had mastectomies so I have to live with the disfigurement or run the risk that if I get new implants, I won’t get sick as long as they don’t rupture. My implants lasted about 8 to 9 years. I don’t want to go thru this every eight years even though I am older, 69 in January. Perhaps as you detox, the anxiety will lessen. I hope it will. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  24. Marian

    Had explant yesterday! I feel like its a dream come true.
    I had implants for 19 years and was very sick from the implants.
    It seems the surgeon told me before the op I could have them back and then as I remembered he said hes sent them away or something I was only in the recovery room. I do want them back to send to Dr Blaise for analaysis.
    I m really looking forward to a healthy life full of vitality and strength. Heres hoping:} It took surgery for me to realise I must love my self so that I can be a part of life and accept myself so I can accept others. I don`t know why I ever thought breast augmentation was the answer to my problems. Looking back I was young and lacking confidence. I`m fifty now and accept myself the way God intended me. I no longer worry about what some people may think of me:} I feel like a happy child of God today.Amen.
    Good luck to all of you courageous women standing your ground against tyranny.
    Get an Explant as soon as you can. Its not worth the great risk to health.

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    1. explantasap

      Did you regain health well? I am explanting in two days with a great surgeon but he doesn’t do en bloc. Wondering if you had capsule tissue removed around implany or simply implant pulled out? Thanks for the support!! :)

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  25. Denette

    I had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction with Contoured Saline implants in a textured silicone shell in AUG2013 and am already having issue. Routine blood work detected elevated liver enzyme (ALT) in JAN2014 and I developed a rash on my mastectomy scar that went away with cortisone cream. U/S revealed Fatty Liver Disease but my Oncologist said I do not fit the profile. I am 105lbs, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. He suspects autoimmune disease, possibly Lupus. Doing additional testing starting with extensive blood work. A google search led me to you…. and the connection between breast implants and illness is an eye opener and I am considering having my implants removed. Can you recommend a doctor in Northern California? Thank you so much. Thank you for sharing your story in the hopes of helping others. You’re a god-send. I hope you are feeling well :)
    Denette

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  26. Shyla

    Do you know any good explant surgeons in the Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin areas? I’m an hour outside of Chicago and and hour from Milwaukee Wisconsin

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  27. Leanne

    Do you have any names/lists for Doctors providing proper explant surgery in Ontario, Canada?
    (I am in London Ontario)

    Thank you for your time

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      1. Heather

        Did u get any names of Dr’s in Ontario experienced in the enbloc method of explantation.yet? If so could u forward names to me.Thanks

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Heather, here are a couple recommended surgeons; Dr. Mitchell Brown, Suite #650, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2 and Dr. martin Jugenberg, Fairmont Royal York Hotel Level B, 100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3.

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    1. tammi

      hi leanne, im from london ontaro too. any luck on your search in our area reguarding ex-plant surgeons in our area, had my saline implants since 1996 and been sick for 4 years now, this last year I feel like I’m dying, dont leave my house, only 46 now. Desperate to connect with someone near by who understands this torture.

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      1. rosemarie

        Tammi,
        I know how you feel. I have felt very sick for the past year and have greatly had to curtail my activities. I recently found out that both my implants have ruptured. My worst symptom is the fatigue. The other things I can tolerate or take medicine for. The tiredness and no energy and muscle weakness are killers. I can do very little. I would look into getting the implants out ASAP. Do you know if your implants have ruptured? Could your primary care doctor refer you for an ultrasound or MRI so you would be all set for the plastic surgeon appointment? I wish you healing and good luck. I will keep you in my prayers. My surgery is scheduled for 1/8/15.

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  28. Cheryl Leeman

    Seriously considering explant of breast implants due to autoimmune issues. Looking for doctors in Maine, Massachusetts area. Could you be so kind as to provide me with some recommended doctors who do explant with “en bloc” procedure. Thank you!

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    1. Marian

      Did you find a good En – block surgeon in the area? I live in Phoenix. I have a complex case with muscle, connective tissue, and lymph node involvement. It is painful. My MRI lit up like a Christmas tree, per the plastic surgeon. She does not believe silicone is dangerous. I have many of the classic symptoms of Silicone Implant Disease.
      I hope your surgery went well.

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      1. rosemarie

        Marian,
        It’s like my primary care doctor told me the plastic surgeons aren’t going to touch the concept of breast implant illness with a 10 foot pole. I also have lymphadenopathy. The second plastic surgeon I went to told me silicone is “inert” and doesn’t cause any problem in the body. It seems the plastics are relying on old flawed studies of small groups of women done by the manufacturers of the implants to say there is no correlation with illness. The FDA says these studies are flawed for the reasons I mentioned. However, the FDA also says something called large cell cancer and possibly fibromyalgia are linked to breast implants. But my PS did admit silicone gets into the lymphatic system. So my question is how smart do you have to be not to know if something foreign is in the lymph system, how could it not affect other body systems and organs? That’s just denial on their part for self-preservation. I believe I honestly did not have any problems with the implants until they ruptured. They are about 9 years old. I am having explant surgery in early January. Hoping and praying for the best.

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  29. Vicki Booth

    Hi, glad I found your site. I’ve been having weird symptoms exactly and almost all you describe for over a year now. I had implant surgery in 2002, and have saline implants. Can you recommend a doctor in the Nashville area to remove them?

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  30. Tanja

    What legal recourse do we have for PIP implants? My doctor will remove them at a 25% discount! Says its not his fault.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tanja, look for a PIP Implant Support group in your country or on the net such as the PIP Action Campaign on Facebook, which should lead you to more information and possible recourse. The most important thing is to have the implants removed properly as soon as possible.

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