EXPLANT

EXPLANT BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

A timely and proper explant (removal) of your 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 will linger and even return until your body has completed a DETOXIFICATION process and had a chance to heal.   A number of women who were symptomatic and had proper, timely explants feel that they recovered their health within one or two years after removal of implants but some women take longer to heal as well.  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 COMMITTED TO GETTING ALL THE CAPSULE OUT AND EXPERIENCED AT TOTAL CAPSULECTOMY AND EN BLOC

No matter what you read or are told from your plastic surgeon about explants of breast implants, if you are symptomatic ALL BREAST IMPLANTS SHOULD BE REMOVED EN BLOC WITH A TOTAL CAPSULECTOMY 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 liquid silicone breast implants when ruptured and leaking silicone.  En Bloc removal means the surgeon removes the surrounding scar tissue capsule and the implant together, intact, as one unit, without disrupting either capsule or implant to avoid silicone contamination of the body.  If you are symptomatic it should be obvious to you and your doctor that the tissue capsule around your implant is contaminated and a Total Capsulectomy with an En Bloc style removal is necessary.  Proper removal of your breast implants is your best chance at recovering your health.  Even if you are not symptomatic and you have silicone, or textured saline implants a Total Capsulectomy should be done for your utmost health because there will be contamination in the capsule tissue.

In addition to breast implant illness, there are other reasons that a Total Capsulectomy is recommended in the majority of cases when removing or replacing breast implants and this is well known in the surgery, plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery industries.  I have a copy of the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy  published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine which details the numerous reasons why a Total Capsulectomy is highly recommended.  If you would like a copy, please contact me and I will email it to you.

Recently, I have been hearing from many women who just got implants and are reacting immediately with severe illness and having them removed.  In the case that your implants are only a few weeks or a few months old, a Total Capsulectomy with En Bloc style 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 TOTAL CAPSULECTOMY AND EN-BLOC EXPLANTS

Some plastic surgeons argue against a Total Capsulectomy and En Bloc style removal saying it is unnecessary as they do not believe implants cause illness, or unnecessary due to thin capsules or it carries undue risk to the patient.  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 a Total Capsulectomy with En Bloc style removal is necessary.  The real reason some plastic surgeons avoid Total Capsulectomy and En Bloc style removal is because it takes a high level of surgical skill, attention to detail, more time and requires a general anesthetic which carries more risk than a local anesthetic.  Your placing plastic surgeon will not make much money from the removal of your implants 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 thick 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 and even substantially hampering your recovery.  Some plastic surgeons even rupture the implant while removing it causing additional contamination.  Some plastic surgeons will argue that a Total Capsulectomy with En Bloc style removal could result in disfigurement of your breast but this is mostly untrue.  A skilled and experienced surgeon will 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 a Total Capsulectomy or cannot prove their skill and experience to you, we suggest not using him/her for your explant.  There are stories of women who thought they were getting a proper explant but did not because their surgeon decided it was not needed, lied or they were confused by the terms Total Capsulectomy, Capsulectomy and Capsulotomy.

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

I read a brief piece on someone’s personal site that said some surgeons 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 step by step detail exactly how the explant 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 developed in France for removing silicone breast implants that are leaking and the capsule tissue surrounding the implant in a manner to avoid further contamination.  

Total Capsulectomy – may be your surgeon’s reference for an En-bloc style implant and capsule removal but not necessarily.  You must find out exactly what he means by the term Total Capsulectomy ensuring that all capsule tissue will be removed in a En-bloc style manner that does not contaminate you further.     

Capsulectomy – is a procedure in which the 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 and are stuck to your ribs in any area then a small part of the capsule may have to be left behind.  This was true in my case.  I had cohesive gel implants which were stuck to my rib in one spot which is not uncommon and my surgeon left approximately 5 per cent of the capsule tissue on one side because removing it may have damaged the rib.

WORD OF MOUTH REFERRALS FOR GOOD EXPLANT SURGEONS

A good way to find a surgeon for explant is by word of mouth referrals from explanted ladies.  Here is a list of world wide EXPLANT SURGEONS  which I gathered from other explant sites and from ladies recommending their surgeon to us.  Thousands and thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with many other ladies who have been through the same journey of finding a surgeon and surgery.  To go to the Facebook group, you can click on the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website or go directly here to the the SUPPORT GROUP.

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW IN REGARD TO EXPLANT

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 an organic, wholefoods diet and lots of soil based probiotics.  Do not stimulate detoxification 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 EXPLANTATION OPERATIVE REPORT – Obtain a copy of the operative report for your explant 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.  However, please be aware that you may have to sign away your right to future legal proceedings if you accept warranty reimbursement.  I suggest getting legal advice to protect your rights before signing anything from implant manufacturers.

INSIST ON PICTURES OF THE EXPLANTATION – Good surgeons will video tape their explant procedure or take pictures of your implants once removed with the capsule tissue still on to prove they were removed En Bloc.  Secondly, another set of pictures of the implants them self without the capsule tissue.  We have several pictures now of moldy and microbial colonized implants taken right at the time of removal.

INFECTIONS AND PATHOLOGY –  Your chest pockets should be swabbed for bacterial, fungal/mold or other microbial infections.  Capsular contraction is known to be associated with bacterial or microbial biofilms.  Please note that fungus/mold is hard to culture and so fungus may be present even if a swab comes back negative so test for it but don’t use test results to rule out fungus/mold in the chest and the need to take antifungals.  Pathology should be done on your implants and capsule tissue to look for atypical cells leading to cancer.  Yes, breast implants do cause breast cancer and lymphoma.  Saline fluid may be able to be cultured to check for mold and microbes. Please ensure you get your implants and capsule tissue returned to you after pathology if you want to pursue a lawsuit.  Saline fluid can be sent out to the U.S. lab Mycometrics to test for contamination by fungus and or other microbes.  All these tests may cost extra over and above your surgery so please inquire about their cost.

LYMPH NODES – With ruptured silicone implants, lymph nodes may be contaminated.  Silicone mapping through ultasound may be available for testing.  It is controversial removing lymph nodes but our current understanding in the breast implant communities is that highly contaminated lymph nodes should be removed for your best recovery.  Please research this aspect carefully and understand the consequences to you.  Not all plastic surgeons remove lymph nodes.

ENSURE THAT YOUR IMPLANTS ARE RETURNED TO YOU IMMEDIATELY AFTER REMOVAL – You paid for your implants and by law they belong to you and should be returned to you directly after explant.  Don’t let your plastic surgeon keep them, dispose of them or tell you they cannot be returned to you because of testing.  In Canada, some of the capsule tissue does have to go to pathology for cancer testing.  You will want to inspect your breast implants yourself after their removal.  Mine smelled strongly of chemicals similar to wet silicone caulking.  You may want to send your implants to Dr. Pierre Blais of Innoval Consulting, under RESOURCESfor analysis to understand why your breast implant failed and caused you symptoms and illness.  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.  Again, please be careful signing anything from the implant manufacturer so you do not sign your rights away.

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

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  1. Julie

    Hi,

    I just had saline implants put in 3.5 weeks ago. About 5 days after surgery, I started running a low grade fever. The fever is stagnant and will not go away. I have confirmed by both a primary care doctor and my plastic surgeon that I do not have a bacterial infection from surgery. I do not have a virus or cold. I am just ill, and I swear my fingers and toes have started throbbing. My skin has broken out. This is so strange. It’s like my body does not like having these foreign objects. I’m afraid to say something to my plastic surgeon about my suspicions about my implants. I want them out but feel terrified and so disappointed that this surgery is coming to such a tragic end. All that money, and 3 weeks after surgery it is obvious they need to be removed! I could find a different surgeon to remove them, but I had a tummy tuck done at the same time as the augmentation, and my plastic surgeon needs to follow me for several months. What should I do???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Consider yourself lucky that your body is sending you a strong message that your breast implants are not good for you. I would return to your original surgeon asap and request that the implants be removed asap. Because they are so new there will be very little capsule tissue and it will be an easy procedure to remove them. He will try and talk you into keeping them but don’t. Breast implants profoundly damage our health. There are ladies who have certain genetics that will respond to silicone negatively right off the bat and it is likely you are one of them. Even if you are not, implants make us sick and you will just wind up removing them down the road anyways and then the surgery will be more complex because the capsule will need removing too. At this point there should be little capsule tissue, the procedure to remove will be quick and should not cost you anything. Just tell your surgeon you don’t like them and they must be removed. Nicole

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  2. Anna Beltermann

    Hey Nicole,

    Can you please email me a copy of the guidelines and indications for implant explantation?
    Im from Germany and i wonder if the guidelines are different here.My implants were made in Germany but I know that the company uses silicon from America, so i guess there shouldnt be a big difference?!
    Thank you!
    kind regards
    Anna annabeltermann@aol.de

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  3. ma

    Hi, scheduled for explant (mentor smooth saline) and have been over your whole site, but still had a few last questions. Surgeon agreed to proper explant, but couldn’t guarantee en bloc.

    I requested implants and tissue returned to me – how do I store them? where, other than Dr Blais if he is not currently accepting can they be sent for testing? cost estimate?

    Surgeon also agreed to test – culture and sensitivity swab and mold (fungus culture) swab. Is that sufficient? Any other specific tests I should ask for? Is using their lab OK?
    Should silicone shell be swabbed/tested?
    I think my surgeon said he would hold off on antibiotics until after tests. I don’t understand anti fungal/antibiotic issue. How do I know if I need antibiotic or anti fungal?

    I will see my primary dr. prior to surgery. I want to tell her I’m explanting and why, like many other women I have been misdiagnosed and gone from dr. to dr. for years. Should I request any tests prior to surgery? Silicone poisoning? I saw list of tests on this site as well as silicone medical tests. Can any of the tests demonstrate implants as the cause?

    thank you again for your good work.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ma,
      Your implants are saline so you will want to store them in a fridge in two new plastic containers both wrapped in plastic for the time being. Your surgeon will swab your chest pocket for both bacteria and fungus. He can swab the implant shell too if he is willing. Depending on what comes back on those swabs you may or may not need antibiotics or antifungals. If you can pass on antibiotics do so as they ruin your gut health and your gut controls detox so you want it as healthy if possible. A negative swab for fungus does not necessarily rule it out as fungus is hard to culture. Your implant saline fluid can be sent away and tested for microorganisms by Mycometrics or RealTime Labs in the US. Dr. Blais is not accepting implants and capsule tissue for analysis until this November so you can store your implants and capsule tissue until then and if you desire his level of analysis then send them off in November. On the Symptoms page of this website is a list of tests we suggest for uncovering damage done in your body by breast implants and things that may need treatment and support. Nicole

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  4. Karen cooke

    I thank you for this informative article. I am having my 17 yr old silicone 550’s removed in 4 days time. I had minimally invasive heart surgery in April this year and now have a leaking implants and capsular contraction. After discovering this and other websites I feel that I have some of the implant symptoms. I am quite frightened about the removal. Could you please send me a copy of the guidelines for breast implant capsulectomy via email. Thank you for helping myself and others to understand what damage we can do to ourselves with breast implants.
    Kind regards Karen

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  5. Leslie

    Can anyone recommend an exceptional explant doctor in Toronto, Canada? Cohesive gel implants are going on 12 yrs and just too many symptoms.

    thanks.

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  6. Danielle

    Hi. Would love a copy of the En Bloc guidelines. Not happy 18 months out and going in 2 weeks to discuss explantation with my doctor. Funny enough, one of the doctors mentioned on your preferred Doctor list is in the same practice as my PS. How unorthodox or politically incorrect would it be if I considered that Doctor instead?

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  7. Andrea Reeder

    Is Dr. Blais still accepting implants for testing ? If he is not, is there another lab or person who is skilled in evaluation of the implants? I have Mentor silicone smooth outer shell. Thanks, Andrea

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      I heard Dr. Blais is not accepting any more implants for analysis for failure until November. We are not aware of any other company doing what he does. Nicole

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      1. Lynn Snyder

        Hi Nicole,
        Can you please send me a copy of the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy.
        Thank you,
        Lynn

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  8. Tillie

    Can you please send me the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy?
    My Explant is on 8/16/16.

    Thank you so much!
    Sincerely,
    Matilda

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  9. Lourdes

    Hi Nicole!
    My mom has had her breast implant (saline) for 10 years. She’s suffered from many of the symptoms on your list & her doctors kept telling her she had fibromyalgia. After doing some research & running into your site, I convinced her to have them removed. She had them removed this afternoon. My concern now is that she didn’t have a total capsulectomy performer. The surgeon on my removed the implants themselves. Do you know of shell still get relief from just that procedure? Am scared to even mention it to her because she is so looking forward to getting better. Please let me know what you think . Thank you!

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  10. Katya

    Hi Nicole,
    I am explanting next week with Dr Widdowson from Australia (on your list).
    We was very good at listening and understanding all the problems I am going through. He will explant en bloc which is great. I need some help though with the antibiotics/ ANTIFUNGALS. I believe I have a huge problem with fungus/ exposure to black mold. I have a dizzy/floating feeling in my head all day along with vision problems, clouded thinking, foggy brain, severe breast and axilla pain ….. The list goes on. I would like some guidelines of what is generally prescribed for antibiotics and more importantly ANTIFUNGALS before and after surgery. So I can get on to it straight away.
    Thank you for creating this forum and helping so many women!
    Warm regards,
    Katya

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Katya,
      Antibiotics should only be prescribed if you have an infection that needs treating as they ruin gut health. Surgeons use all kinds of antibiotics depending on the infection. Some doctors healing breast implant illness with mold infections are treating the mold with antifungals such as V-Fend and Lamasil and more than one round of antifungals may be necessary. For yeast and fungus in the gut and systemically some doctors are prescribing Nystatin for 30 days and Diflucan for same amount of time to get both the gut and body rid of the fungus overgrowth. You have to maintain the antifungal/low mycotoxin diet or the gut fungus will come back until your immune system is well working again. Nicole

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    2. Anne

      Hi I just read about getting the implants removed En Bloc and that some of the capsule may have to remain due to being stuck on the ribs, that sounds so scary to me and I would like to know if this operation is life threatening? I also heard from another source that there can be a lot of bleeding and that there will be severe pain after the procedure, is this true?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Anne,
        An experienced explant surgeon can usually remove all capsule tissue from the chest wall including the ribs without causing excessive bleeding or excessive pain. This operation is no more life threatening the placaing breast implants under the muscle. My explant was much less painful than getting implants. Nicole.

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    3. Debra

      Hi Katya,
      I Hope things are going well for you with *Dr Widdowson Southport and your totally happy, feeling confident about your explant en bloc surgery this week and your well supported recovery programme etc ? All you Expectations fully explained and understood?

      How much training and experience has he had in this field of explant surgery? Was he happy explaining all his procedures reasons any concerns etc? Is he offering good follow up support, lab tests, detox and documented details photos etc as Nicole mentioned? Did he question your health concerns, fears etc?
      Was he highly recomended to you by other very happy now healthier patients, who have successfully had this detailed surgery with him, excellent results, good after care recovery programme and health issues?

      I’m in Australia QLD, also looking desperately for a *Highly skilled, excellent, honest explant surgeon who fully understands the complexity and training needed for this technical surgery. I’ve seen 4 refered Brisbane Plastic surgeons and reconstruction surgeon all with differing opinions and techniques, however all saying stop worrying unnecessary, silicon implants aren’t dangerous and don’t leak into your body or cause health problems, plus just stop reading and believing all whats on the internet! Oh and yes replace them definitely, no big deal we do them all the time.
      Made me feel it was such an inconvenience to question them as the plastic surgeons association has NO proof their dangerous or do what I’ve mentioned or effect my years of health concerns. Ive had them for 40yrs and i believe crippled my health sanity life PLUS mammograms causing the now ruptured leakages problems. ALL of which i questioned adamantly each time (4) to the common sense safety, Now it’s proven mammograms cause breast cancers with their harmful dense Radiation!!!!

      Thank you again Katya, i look forward to hopefully hearing back, if there is any *safe way to privately message and further reply… IF possible thanks *Nicole?
      As i don’t want all this personal info available on the internet.
      Can this message be eventually deleted ?

      Sending prayers Katya for your very successful skilled surgery, excellent results and pain free quick recovery to good health, feeling, looking GOOD!

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  11. Nicole

    I meet with my doctor this Thursday. I had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in June of last year with reconstruction. I have had major symptoms (shortness of breath, coughing, pain in what feels like behind my implant, joint pain so bad that I’m on my second round of steroids, I’m going crazy! Then I saw your website! I’m hoping I don’t get blown off but I have been tested for everything from Lyme to RA to Non-Hodgkins…I’m in pain and going crazy!!

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  12. Lee Ann

    I’m having explant 8/3/16. My breast hurt 24/7 since implant smooth silicone under the muscle- not only pain but breast become hot to touch and swollen after being touched by a doctor or casual touch the last 3 yrs – implants in 3 1/2. I had to get my health staple enough of surgery last 1.5 year. Even had cancled surgery prior due unstable . I had auto immune prior Lupus but Sjogerns became a major life altering factor after implants. Beyoncé DRY mouth or eyes….

    My questions is do they cut out capsule or is it burned out?
    When I talked to anesthesiologist she mentioned I would experience greater pain then others due the autoimmune factor but burning capsual out. Doesn’t this make more scaring then cutting??? Or is it burned out due to greater risk bleeding with capsule removal? My nerves are frayed trying to know what questions to ask the PS. He is mayo trained and I hope his skill matches his ego. I know prior to implants PS. As well as doctors told me they were safe for me. Now they ALL tell me get them out not safe! I’m Angery over the fact no one ever told me under the muscle can cause long term damage and it’s NOT under the muscle bUT CUT into the muscle , no one told me about slimy coated capsules that is term doctors use and they don’t really understand the effect of it on women. Nor was I told it was my bodies immune system walling the implant off to protect my body- heck I had over active auto immune lupus! Didn’t they think my already over active immunity would go bonkers for my whole body??? Sure they did!!! But instead for $$$ they told me it was safe pointing to past studies funded by the makers of implants… That they don’t cause lupus. Well how about making lupus, RA, Sjogerns worse? It’s cruel what been don’t to me by failure to disclosed FULL Facts

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    1. MARY BROWN

      YOU MUST VISIT DR. LU-JEAN FENG’S WEBSITE – WORLD EXPERT IN BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS! DON’T HAVE SURGERY UNTIL YOU DO – READ ALL HER RESOURCES – WATCH ALL HER VIDEOS.

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  13. Tarun

    Could you please send me the document you are referring to about proper removal via enbloc please. I need to know its absolutely necessary because I do not want to do it and risk nipple sensation loss if its not necessary and that I could heal over time.. (I understand it could take longer to heal if I do not enbloc and I am ok with that, I just don’t want to loose nipple sensation). Is it possible to heal without enbloc?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tarun
      En Bloc is indicated for silicone and textured implants. If you implants are smooth saline then a Total Capsulectomy is fine. The point is that silicone and textured implants can really contaminate us and must be removed En Bloc with a Total Capsulectomy. Smooth saline with not too many symptoms will do okay with Total Capsulectomy. The most important factor is that ALL capsule tissue be removed. Removing capsule tissue correlates with recovery. Ladies that do not remove capsules may not get better and some even require a second surgery in order to remove the capsule tissue left behind. Don’t risk your health, get a proper explant. Nicole

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  14. Maris

    Hi Nicole,
    Thank you so much for all of you do for all us… people you’ve never even met. All who are connected in their spirit because we trusted… We ate the apple! I can’t begin to tell you what it means to us to know that eventually I will wake from this nightmare… that we are going to find some semblance of normalcy again. Amen. We have reviewed the list on the BII healing website & thought surely we would locate a PS in Houston but did not. Not that they weren’t on the list, but that those on the list we either knew or we were able to cross off. As I’m sure you can imagine…My being a RN makes finding a local doctor you’re not familiar with a bit difficult. I was ready to have this surgery Monday (actually I was ready after the 1st page of your document)… however I’m fully aware there is a waiting list. We have got to make a decision. We are currently leaning somewhere between Dallas & Ohio but desperately want to know your opinion. . I do, also want to ask if you could send us the Guidelines or forms …anything you think we might need before surgery. I’ve been trying to print off things as I see them ie the definitions of En bloc & the 2 different Caps vs a total. TexNurseRn@aol.com
    Again, Thank you so very much

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  15. Janice

    Over 30 years ago I had silicone implants put in me.I had this done because on one side my muscle didn’t develope . I questioned how long they last and hold up. He threw one hard against the wall and said I didn’t have to worry. You should be able to believe a doctor, you would think,ha…….And We Pay For This?
    I wish I would have just lived with my problem.
    Two years ago I fell in hospital and ruptured one side, same implants they were uncomfortable before and I have all kinds of cysts showing up in throat and liver.Now things are even worse pain in rib cage and chest and the heat ,so hot.The pain in the center of the chest is so scary.
    I wrote and faxed an appeal to my insurance,Humana because I’m in debt even with hospitals so I don’t have the money to have this done.This is what they said, these are non – covered services because this is not deemed medically necessary by the payer. I’m not sure what else I can do ?
    This truly is a very rotten heartless world we live in .
    I wish young women from all around would read this before they decide to have implants put in.Your much better off learning to live with your defects what ever they are because it’s not worth all the pain.Trust me with what I’m saying,IT IS SCARY WHAT YOU FEEL AND NOT KNOWING WHAT ELSE IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
    I DON’T WISH THIS ON NO ONE.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      Yes you do need a Total Capsulectomy with 11 months of implants. The body starts to build capsule tissue quickly. There will be capsules after eleven months. Nicole

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  16. Aimee

    Do you know of any resources for someone who desperately needs an explant but cannot afford it? My friend only has Medicaid and cannot afford the cost of paying out of pocket. Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Aimee,
      She can try Credit Care, a gofundme or borrowing the money from family friends. Proper explants can be found for about $5,000 in most cities. Nicole

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  17. Marvona MCCray

    Hi my name is Marvona McCray and I’m having health problems.. I’ve had two sets of implants. The first leaked and when I had it removed the picture was horrible all black and gross. This second set seems to be fine they are ten years old but I’ve been sick always sick and so horribably tired, lots of different health problems.. Can you tell me who would be good to remove them and to check to make sure it’s done the right way. In the Phoenix area..

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  18. Erica

    Could you email me a copy of “Guidelines and Indications for breast implant capsulectomy” ? I had my implant surgery on March 1st 2016 and started having issues and symptoms a month after. I have silicone gel implants. I went through every test my PCP could think of, all negative thank God. We have come to the conclusion it is the implants and they need to be taken out. Now I am trying to find an explant surgeon. In reading the information provided, what are your thoughts/experience with needed the capsule removed after only having implants for 5 months? The surgeon I had a consultation with said that my body would break them down and they would come out in the drains post surgery. Does everyone that explants have drains? I am in Pittsbugh PA and really want this explant to work and have the best possible recovery to be healthy again. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and creating this website.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erica,
      You do need to explant properly which will include removal of any and all capsule tissue when they remove your implants. Don’t leave any in, it does not dissipate and causes problems and you won’t recover. Drain are usually helpful but many heal well without drains too. Nicole

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Please check out the Explant Surgeon list on this website. There are several recommended surgeons from CA. Nicole

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  19. Sarah

    Could you email me a copy of “Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy” to take to my consults so I can find the right doctor. Sarah.flores77@yahoo.com. Also if you could help me find a PS or a list in Little Rock, Ar I would be very greatful.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elisa,
      Dr. Thomas Sinclair from Canmore, Alberta did my surgery in 2013. I am 100 per cent recovered.

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      1. Elisa Busk

        That is great. I just had my explant surgery and total capsule removal on August 1, 2016. Today is 8/6/16 and I am now on the road to recovery. I used Dr. Kusuma In Florida and am very happy so far. He gave me my implants back and they stink.
        Good luck.

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        1. Anne

          Hi Elisa, I too want to have total capsular removal, can you tell me if you had alot of pain when recovering? how long before you can get back to normal activities …Thx in advance:)

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  20. Maria S

    Hello,

    What is the average recovery time for the explant procedure? I am a hairdresser so I constantly work with my hands and am on my feet for most of the day.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maria,
      Because you work with your arms i would give yourself 2 to 4 weeks to recover and feel well to work a full day again. Nicole

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  21. Sheryl

    Hello Nicole,

    I had my saline implants removed about 6 months ago after 18 years. I was sick of having huge fake boobs. However I did come across this site until after the fact. I do have eczema and some hair loss which I attributed to a high sugar diet and low hormones. My capsules were not removed. Does this mean that I will never be healthy?
    Very concerned,
    S

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheryl,
      Removal of capsules does correlate with recovery. If you continue on with symptoms after correcting your diet and treating the fungus, then you may have to consider that your capsules are harboring microorganisms and stimulating your autoimmune symptoms. Nicole

      Reply
  22. Hannah

    Hi Nicole
    Thank you for your response – below – re mastitis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for maintaining and publishing this site. Until I stumbled on this site, about 6 months ago I wasn’t sure if I was going to explant. Having now explanted I feel so lucky to have been blessed with this knowledge before I had even more serious health complications. The world is lucky to have people like you that genuinely care about others. Please keep fighting the good fight. All the best Hannah

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  23. Michele

    How can you get a doctor to diagnose you with breast implant illness or will they even consider it a real diagnosis? I have noticed on this site not all replies are answered .

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michele,
      Mainstream medical does not realize or acknowledge the toxicity of silicone and the profound health crisis that breast implants is to women and so there is really no one or group of tests that will definitely prove your symptoms and illnesses are from your breast implants however please see the Symptoms page of the website for a list of tests that uncover damage caused by breast implants and things that need to be treated in order to recover after a proper explant. Nicole

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  24. Gloria

    Please send me your doc on Guidelines and Indicatations for Breast Implant Capsolectomy? Thank you in advance for doing this! I am at a loss on how to find a good explant surgeon and finding your site literally made me cry. The thing that was scaring me more than being poisoned internally by industrial chemicals was the fear of picking the wrong surgeon to clean up my body.

    28 years ago I had smooth silicon implants done and really have had no problems….. or so I thought. I have been plagued by migraines for many many years. I even took a premature retirement because of the migraines and am now struggling with lots of other symptoms (not to mention now trying to live on a shoestring budget). I thought that it was a hormonal problem and I just had to deal. I noticed all of my friends of the same age had more energy, could get things done and didn’t have the crippling exhaustion and subsequent depression I have had. Then one day I was playing with my dog when she hit me really hard in the right breast with her paw. I had nail marks on the skin, but thought nothing of it. Then within a few days I noticed a swollen lymph node in my armpit. I immediately knew that my implant had ruptured. In the same week I have had burning under the implant and itching. I can also feel the burning when I lay down going up to my shoulder. This is scaring the tar out of me. I will have the explant done ASAP, but I am wondering if I can do this on my own.

    My question is — In your opinion, will I be able to travel several states away, have the explant surgery and then recuperate on my own or will I need someone to help me? I know this is a strange question, but I really don”t think I know of anyone who will be able to take time off of work to do this with me nor can I afford to pay for their expenses with all of the costs involved.

    Thank you again!!!!

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  25. Cari

    Hello,
    I have silicone implants since 2002. Two years ago I began to have some symptoms, like muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, and others. My rheumatologist said it can be caused by the silicone, but he recomends to me not to explant them, because it can exacerbate the illness. I fell confused. By the moment, I do not have diagnosis of any autoinmunes disease, but I am having now some neurological symptoms. What shall I do? I live un Spain, I do not know if I can find a good surgeon following this protocol to explant..thanks you for your help

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cari,
      Leaving your breast implants inside your body will cause your health to continue to decline due to the toxicity of the silicone and the damage it will do to your immune system and your endocrine system. Explanting properly will not cause an exacerbation of your symptoms rather it will be the beginning of your healing. By proper explant we mean that the removal of your breast implants should be done En Bloc with a Total Capsulectomy. All silicone and textured breast implants should be removed En Bloc with a Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue (capsule tissue is the scar tissue that grows around the implant) must be removed because it is full of silicone chemicals, silicone particulate, textures and possibly bacteria and fungus. Capsules do not dissolve on their own and harbor bacteria and fungus. Please carefully choose an surgeon that is committed to removing all capsule tissue. Nicole

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  26. Hannah

    Hi there
    I’ve just had a breast explant of 10 year old silicone mentor implants. With full capsulectomy but not “en bloc”. The pathology results came back that I had lymphocytic mastitis in both breasts. The surgeon showed me pictures of implants which were not ruptured but said they had slime on them which meant they may have been beginning to rupture. He said sometime diabeties can cause lymphocytic mastitis – I don’t have diabeties. He said because the capsules were removed I don’t need to worry. I’ve searched the Internet but can’t find much info on this. Do you have any advice on this or do I need to worry? Please help! Thank you Hannah

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Hannah,
      In my opinion you should be okay because Lymphocytic Mastitis is basically inflammation due to the agressive chemicals in silicone. Now that your bleeding implants and capsules are removed the inflammation should reduce and disappear in time. Nicole

      Reply
  27. SILVIA

    IS THERE ANY PLACE WHERE I CAN GET HELP ON REMOVING MY IMPLANTS AT NO COST.WHEN I FIRST GOT MY IMPLANTS ONE DROPPED SO I WENT TO ANOTHER DOCTOR HE SAID TOO MUCH OF MY MUSCLE WAS CUT SO HE HAD TO PUT IN BIGGER ONE NOW IM LIKE A 38 HHH.MY HEALTH HAS GONE BAD,IV GAINED SO MUCH WIEGHT.THEY ARE ACTUALLY BIGGER THAN MY HEAD.IM IN MY EARLY 30’S I HAVE 3 KIDS ,I CANT GO ANYWHERE,BESIDES OF ALWAYS FEELING SICK IM TOO EMBARRASSED.I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE TELL ME OF SOMEONE THAT MAYBE CAN HELP.THESE IMPLANTS ARE GOING TO KILL ME.THANK YOU

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    1. ramona schenk

      My daughters implants have ruptured and one is like a solid rock she doesn’t have insurance. Are there any doctors in Ventura ca that would remove them for free. I am so worried for her, and desperate. Can anyone help? Thank you Ramona

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  28. Mary ANN STEVES

    I had breast implants 37 years and no problems until the right one’s skin was turning blue and little rubbery bumps showed under the skin. This is a long story. I had to have my implants removed right away, I had so much silicone in my body plus granulomatous matter. Had total capsule removed plus free floating silicone, the surgery lasted about 5 hours. He charged me $12,000,00 for removal and that included a mini lift. $5,000.00 and I have nothing but scars. They were removed 11/1/2013. i have never felt the same again I used to walk 4 miles a day and be active. Now I feel so full of aches. Chest just looks like someone butchered me. I have no breasts just 2 little lumps no nipples. I never want to go any where any more and I gained 50lbs. I get my hair done but i don’t go to stores. Why do i have this fatigue, aches, depression? I read on your site where some women take longer to heal like 2 years, or longer or sometimes never. What is detoxification??? They say it helps but my Dr. n ever told me anything about detoxification. I eat good and I do go to the store but I don’t feel well. I belong to Kaiser HMO they saw all the silicone but never told me and I had regular mammograms. I am 74 years old never sick a day in my life, lots energy exercised . Is this all normal the Dr. told my husband it was bad all the silicone I guess this surgeon was not that good.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary Ann,
      Sounds like you have left over silicone in your chest causing Siliconosis which is essentially an autoimmune response in the body to the left over silicone which causes pain, aches and fatigue. If you can afford it you may want to consider a chest wall clean out by Dr. Kolb who will remove as much silicone as possible. You could try LDN – Low Dose Naltrexone which helps modulate the bodies immune response to the silicone and helps with pain and fatigue. I suggest seeing an functional medicine doctor who can help you with detoxification. Nicole

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    2. Debra

      Hello Mary,
      I feel for you, I’ve had my silicone implants for 40yrs, I’m now 61 and they have ruptured with leakages only in the last few years!
      Shame Shame on your clinic not mentioning your silicone leakage, I’d be talking with a lawyer about their unprofessional duty of care letting you know their findings.

      I blame the hideous heavily compacting dangerous MAMMOGRAMS that now have proven to also cause breast cancer from such high radiation level they use.
      I’ve only ever had 4 mammograms and with each one i highly question the safety of my implants.
      My own Dr also a breast Dr now does not recommend having Mammograms any longer, especially with implants. ALL A BIT TOO LATE now for us all and many breast cancer suffers.
      I NO LONGER have mammograms only ultra sounds and thermograms for breast health checks….much much much safer.
      As Nicole mentioned sounds like a good idea to have all (if possible) that residual toxic silicon removed ASAP by a much better highly recommend explant surgeon.
      IF an ultra sound still sees it, its still a problem, did they check (ultra sound) your lymph glands for silicon also?

      Find a good Naturopathic wellbeing Doctor who offers effective Detox diet lifestyle protocol and great HERBS for depression to firstly help you cope.
      I hope you have some strong loving support to get you back to seeing and feeling the healthy beautiful you, no matter what age or the shape of our bodies.

      Keep positive, keep learning more about good health and You will soon feel good again. 🙂 Debra.

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  29. Sarvasmarana Ma Nithya

    Hello,
    I am requesting a copy of the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine which details the numerous reasons why a Total Capsulectomy.

    Also, does it seem likely my insurance will cover it? and does Dr. Feng take insurance for out state patients?

    Thank you,
    Sarva

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    1. Janice

      Sarva,
      Dr. Feng does not deal with insurance.I had the same question, so I called her office. You have to get the okay in writing from your insurance company along with claim forms. You have to pay the doctor up front and get reimbursed from your insurance.
      A lot insurance companies don’t want to pay for this so many plastic surgeons don’t want to deal with them. It becomes your problem .

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  30. Svenja

    What happen to me if my doctor dont remove the capsule completly? Can I still get healthy? I am so afraid that my symptoms will stay forever. I am only 21 years old and these implants have destroyed my life..

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Svenja,
      Please choose a surgeon dedicated to removing all the capsule tissue. If your Explant is already done, how much capsule has been left inside of you? What kind of implants did you have and for how long? Nicole

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      1. Svenja

        My Explant will be as soon as possible in this summer.
        I have silicon Implants since spring 2013. So I had my Implants almost 3 years.
        My surgeon agree that he will explant the implants with the capsule tissue.
        Maybe it is ot possible to explant tge whole capsule, because my implants are sub-muscular.

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  31. Birgit Kesternich

    Thank you for the informations. I would be glad if you send the Guidelines and Indicatations for Breast Implant Capsolectomy by email. Thank you.

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  32. Nathalie Helene Tina Partica

    I am having my implants removed.
    I do NOT want to be unconscious for this procedure.
    What is the minimum requirement for a painless removal? Note: I have a high tolerance level to pain, I’m ok, if I do feel a little pain.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nathalie,
      I know a few ladies that had twilight sedation during the En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and did well. Nicole

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  33. Carin Sheptin

    Please send me a copy of : Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine which details the numerous reasons why a Total Capsulectomy

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  34. Pink lunn

    After reading all what you all hv gone through, I am so motivated to hv explant my 8 years of saline implant. Though it did not give me much problem yet but I feel I do not want to hv destroy my health. I just found out 2 days ago that I hv hypothyroidism. Frequent dizzy and fatigue may be the indication. To stay healthy is my priority. But I do need support to go through this. I lives in Ohio, should I just consult directly with Dr- Feng or shed Zi consult with my plastic surgeon who performed my implant ?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pink,
      It does not hurt to consult with your placing plastic surgeon, they should be aware of your symptoms and illness however many placing plastic surgeons will deny the link between breast implants and autoimmune diseases even though the manufacturers are listing autoimmune diseases as a potential side affect in the patient booklets that come with implants. Many placing plastic surgeons will deny breast implant illness because to acknowledge it adds to their liability. As Doctors how can they knowingly implant breast implants that make women profoundly ill. The odd placing plastic surgeon will do the right thing and remove breast implants properly at low cost for their patients but many try and upsell you, or talk you out of removing or will only do a improper removal. All breast implants should be removed, En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue must be removed in order for you to recover your health. If I was located in Ohio and could afford it, I would go to Dr. Feng. Nicole

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      1. Ruby

        You were so right, I called up my plastic surgeon and he denied saline implant causing my illness. He recommended me to remove my saline and put a “New Silicon” in me that will cost about 4K. Dang!!! what is wrong with him!!! Immediately I called up Dr.Feng’s office and they set me up for a consultation appointment on June 10th. I am so looking forward to it. Thanks Nichole!

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  35. Glenda Walls

    Can someone please direct me to a surgeon here in east central Florida that will do the complete explant EN bloc
    Thank you

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      1. Jodi Stockton

        I can personally recommend Dr Marguerite Barnett in Sarasota, FL. She is an amazing, skilled and very familiar with the en bloc/capsulectomy procedure. She came highly recommended to me and I am very pleased with her and her staff. I am post explant waiting to see her again for my 1 month follow-up. I really can’t say enough about her.

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  36. Glenda Walls

    I have had saline implants behind the muscle for 16 years. I have been symptomatic for at least 13 of those years with chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, muscle weakness, in fact, most of the symptoms are associated with hypothyroidism. All blood test come back normal. My latest symptom is tinuitis which can be maddening at times. I also have two enlarged nodules on my thyroid. I have gone to the ER for pains thinking I was having a heart attack…..EKG showed nothing. I have weight gain of 50 pounds since having the implants put in.
    I would like to receive any information that you have that may help me.
    Thank you

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  37. Karen Binette Rapport

    Thank you for all the information. June 27 is my explant date in Jupiter FL, with dr Rankin. Hoping these 18 year old saline mentors are the reason I’ve been so
    Achy and sick.
    Epsom salt baths are the only relief.
    I am hoping Medicare will help with some of the explant costs.
    Karen

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  38. Debra

    I have had Mentor smooth saline implants for13 years…implanted 2003. Have had pain in rt breast from beginning and have developed food allergies and a significant medication allergy and several other symptoms associated seemingly or coincidentally auto immune disorder. Fatigue, muscle pain etc. I have seen my original surgeon for consult to have implants removed. Now I am uncertain if I should just have the implant removed under a local with capsule left in place or should I have them removed with the capsule and is en-bloc recommended under these circumstances. Please advise. The surgeon stated the capsule is thin and will reabsorb but will do whichever procedure I want.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debra,
      Please remove your implants En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. The capsules do not reabsorb as surgeons say. Your plastic surgeon has no way of knowing how thick your capsules are and I have seen thousands of capsules now and I assure you they are not thin and do not reabsorb. Capsules removal correlates with recovery. The capsule tissue is full of silicone particles and chemicals and also harbors bacteria and fungus and must be removed for a full recovery. Choose a surgeon committed to removing all the capsule tissue. Nicole

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  39. Lara

    Hello Nicole,
    It seems that my right silicone implant is smaller than the other one. I guess this means that this one is ruptured? If so do I still have a chance to fully recover when the implant is removed en bloc and with total capsulectomy? Any advice is appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lara,
      Yes, it is likely that your right silicone implant is ruptured. Get it checked out asap and ensure that your upcoming explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Have your lymph nodes checked for silicone as well. I think with a proper explant and chest wall clean out you will recover. Inositol helps detox silicone. Nicole

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      1. Lara

        Thank you very much, Nicole. I am having my explant with Dr. Feng in 6 weeks. She should be able to do chest wall clean out and removal of lymph nodes, right? Can I start with Inositol before surgery? Thank you!!!!

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        1. Paula Lawrence

          Hi Lara – Dr. Feng just did my explant surgery yesterday. She is amazing!! She will take care of everything for you so you can recover. My right implant was ruptured and a mess. She did a lift also and think they will look better than pre implant! Keep looking up! You can call me at 715-205-4255 if you want to talk. Paula

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          1. Lara

            Hi Paula,

            Thank you very much for your comfort. I live in Germany and I am flying all the way to Ohio in order to have my explant done properly. Glad to hear that everything went well with you! I wish you a speedy recovery!!! Best wishes***

          2. Lori

            Hi Paula, what size were your breasts before explanation? How old are you? Just trying to figure out if I get mine removed if my breasts will even look normal afterwards or if I’ll have to get a lift no matter what and if that will even make a difference. I’m 41, my looks and self esteem is still so important to me:(

  40. Eve

    I have been so sick. Nothing like the person I used to be. I have not been able to find anyone who will take these things out correctly. They have been in for about 16 years. I live near the Maine, New Hampshire border, does anyone know of a good doctor? Please help.

    Reply
    1. Leslie Tanner

      Hi Eve,
      I live north of Boston, Ma and found 2 Explant Dr’s in Ma thanks to this website. I am going for my Explant June 8. Dr. Loreen Ali from Chelmsford, Ma is my surgeon. She is amazing. I also had a wonderful consult with Dr. George Chatson in North Andover. I do believe he has offices in southern N.H.
      Hope this helps!
      Good luck,
      Leslie

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      1. CW

        Hi Leslie,
        I am scheduled for a consult with Dr. Ali and I was wondering how your explant went in June. Could you send a quick reply if you have a chance?

        Thanks and best wishes,

        CW

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  41. Sharon Whitney

    Desperately looking for a surgeon in Connecticut to remove my implants if anyone has any referrals please let me know thanks very much.

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  42. Sumiye Plaszewski

    I am more than thrilled to have found this site.
    I will be explanted June 1,2016. I cannot wait!
    I pray for a healthier/happier life.

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  43. Eva green

    Please send info on explanation breast implant removal…I have 28 year old implants and one side is ruptured, but encapsulated.
    Thanks.

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  44. Jessica Huthmaker

    I have definitely battled several of the symptoms you talked about! Thank you for this awesome info and site!
    I would like a copy explaining the proper removal of the implant that you referenced.
    I am interviewing my first doctor and moving forward with removal! Thank you again for this wonderful information!
    Jessica Huthmaker

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      I will send you the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  45. Krista

    Hi I am requesting a copy of the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine which details the numerous reasons why a Total Capsulectomy is highly recommended

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  46. Cilek

    My saline implant (left side) of 6 years ruptured. I have confirmed Lyme disease and coinfections along with heavy metals, candida overgrowth and so on. I was already suspecting fungus, bio films around my implants and also Lyme likes to settle around implants. Bottom line I am definitely removing my implants. I will be seeing my original surgeon on Monday.

    Now I have a few questions.

    1- how do they look afterwords if left naturally (i.e.: no breast lift)?

    2- is fat transfer something okay to do from health perspective? It sounds natural (not toxic) to me considering it is my own fat.

    3- follow up to 2. If fat transfer is something acceptable, should I be doing it during the removal or after I heal from that considering I will have to detox, attack any infection, virus and fungus.

    4- will I need a breast lift?

    5- most importantly if I don’t feel my comfortable with original doctor removing the implants and the capsule correctly, would be safe for me to wait to setup up a few other consults? How long maximum is safe? I know it’s not a medical emergency, however I’m thinking the ruptured implant might cause more toxicity or aggregate any infection, virus or fungus or even parasites.

    Thank you in advance for any guidance you can give me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cilek,
      There are many factors that determine the esthetic outcome of explanted breasts. If your implants are placed under the muscle and are not too large, the breast returns to much the same as pre-implant with perhaps more volume and also taking into account factors such as the natural aging of the breast, weight gain or loss, breast feeding etc. We have several studies on Fat Transfer in the facebook group which you should read before considering it and we also have ladies that have undergone Fat Transfer with good results. The surgeon will guide you to as when to do Fat Transfer and or a lift. Yes, you have time to thoroughly research explant surgeons. Nicole

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  47. Alaina Fields

    I’m desperate to know how to go about testing so I can know that my implants are making me sick. They are 11 years old and under the muscle. I have almost all the symptoms that I found listed and it all started about a year ago. Its very hard to get my loved ones to believe its not me being a hypocondract. I have emotional and mental illnesses, and no money which makes this new awareness and discovery extremely scary for me. Anyway, thank you for listening. If you have any questions or hopefully answers to what my first steps should be you can email me. recoverfaith@gmail.com. ~ALAINA~

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alaina,
      There is no one test or group of tests that will definitely tell you that implants are causing your symptoms but they are. Please read the entire website, all pages and then come to the facebook group and speak to other women who had the same symptoms and illness and explanted and recovered. Nicole

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  48. Kathy

    Six years ago I had double mastectomy following cancer of the left breast. Followed by expanders and implants (410 Alergan ) c onstant, horrible pain and too afraid to have any other surgery. Neither surgeon would say anything– physical therapy, yoga and massages only relief. Now six yrs later I will not tolerate another day of this pain!!! Scared to death!!!

    I need a plastic surgeon in Nashville TN who is truthful , and is excellent surgeon. Because I am over the 65, I need some one who takes medicare. How should I go about this? I have asked the oncology surgeon but I feel that I will need at lease two other consultation with doctors. I really don’t trust any one any more.

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      1. Kathy Hutcheson

        Nicole,
        Thank you so very much. I am in the process of identifying a plastic surgeon who will take my case. I live in Nashville TN. If you have a great surgeon please let me know. I really appreciate this site and now feel much more confident to approach the surgeon.
        I can’t wait to have these implants removed.

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  49. Pat white

    My friend found your site and i wish i had read it before this. I had my implants removed a month ago should i do anything else?

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  50. george platt

    My friend has had her inplant for over 15 years. She is having a lot of back and neck problems. She would like to have her inplants remove but she has no income. She lives in arkansas, is there any doctor that would remove them for free. She is unable to work. If there isn’s a doctor who would do it for free is there anyplace she could get help paying to have inlplants remove. She is 50 years old. Thank you.

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  51. Cassandra Champion

    As I mentioned earlier I have an appt. April 19, 2016 with Dr. Kusuma in Plnt., Fl., who is on the surgeon list! However they say that antibiotics and anti fungals are not nessesary. Wat do you think?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cassandra,
      Many ladies need antibiotics and antifungals in order to fully recover. It is well known that capsular contraction is due to infection in the capsule. Many of us battle fungus whether from mold in the chest wall from saline/silicone implants or from an environmental exposure or yeast and Candida in the gut and even systemically if you have leaky gut. Nicole

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  52. Cassandra Champion

    Hi Nicole,
    I just found out about breast implant illness. But am so relieved that I feel I finally no what is wrong with me. I’ve been fighting chronic fatigue, which I thought was depression. My mind has such a fog and have memory loss, freauent urination, aches and pains. I truly thought my life was over. Haven’t been able to work. My prayer is that after explant I will get better. Ive scheduled my appt April 19, 2016

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  53. Lisa

    I am now one week post explant. I am feeling terribly overwhelmed on how to take care of myself. I know not to detox for another month or so. I don’t feel great, very tired, headache, but general body aches are gone. I have an new eastern doctor, but I don’t even know what to ask for. Should I be tested for certain heavy metals, certain toxins? Plantinum? Should I be asking for anti fungals? Dr Kolbs book gets me very confused on what I should be doing for myself after getting the Saline implants out. I cannot afford to fly to Atlanta and get that work. So I need to do the research in my own…. Anyone in the same boat and feeling totally overwhelmed in how to even start this next process. Somebody help me I feel myself getting depressed again.

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  54. Sharon michael

    Could you send me guidelines for removal of selicon breast implants. 72 years old just got call both have ruptured put in 1971.Hashimoto symptoms autoimmune symptoms.live in Petosky mi. Know no doctors or questions to ask. Hope Medicare pays or will have to leave in and hope for best.

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  55. Andrea

    Hi All,
    I am excited & grateful to say I am having my 18 yr old silicone implants (that were put in during the ban 😡) explanted on June 1st with Dr Feng. I originally had textured saline for 6 months that my body rejected immediately. Then I was referred to a “top surgeon” who somehow finagled the paperwork & qualified me for his beloved banned silicone implants. I remember how excited he was. I had no clue! I should have never qualified to have silicone put in during the time of the ban! It was for breast cancer patients & others that may have proven to have serious medical conditions where saline was not an option. I had neither! I will retrieve my file when I am well after the Explant and go from there. He also left the capsule of the textured saline implants behind so Dr Feng is going to have to dig around for that mess on top of my silicone mess. I am so ill & falling fast, but the information all you women have worked so hard to get out there is more appreciated than you will ever know! I literally owe you my life. I sent this information to my mother & we cried & cried on the phone. It has been so hard on her as well as many other loved ones because no doctor or holistic doctor could figure out why I was so ill. They all said it WAS NOT the implants as I have descended into a slow, dark, hellish death. I will be on Facebook in 2 weeks joining the groups. I will keep you all posted on here. I am running on pure faith & support right now from you all until I can get to Dr Feng as my body is so physically & mentally ill right now. I have made it thus far, I will push thru to June. Thank you all so very much. Talk to you soon.

    Andrea

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  56. Tonya Kissel

    Can you send me Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy to read over before I see my surgeon. I have several of the symptoms an am going to see my doctor April 5, 2016. I am going to the same doctor that put my implants in because I trust him.

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  57. Tracy

    Please email me the guidelines 👍 I am post explanation of saline implants and have auto immune issues. Last surgery in 09 and I just found out they left the capsule in my left breast. 😂

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  58. linda Morgan

    My plastic surgeon said mine were the worst he had ever seen. And I asked to see them he said they were disposed of so what can I do about this?

    Thanks linda

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  59. Tessa

    Hi their I am looking for a surgeon, I think my breast implants have ruptured & I need them out, I’m in terrible pain. I was just wondering if anyone knew if Medicare covered the surgery? If you could let me know, be greatly appreciated. Tess

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  60. Jen

    Hi, thank you for this site. I’ve been on realself.com and starting to be totally confused. When you say your implant was stuck to your ribs, was it ruptured? Did you have pain in your front or back ribs as a result? I’ve been battling severe back pain for the 3rd time since having my implants 5 1/2 years ago. I’m average size, didn’t go big, but continually feel the implants are the cause. All docs say, they pain and BA is unrelated. Seems to me your pec muscles and back muscles work together, so having my pec muscle compromised with an object below it, I would think causes my back to spasm. Everyone just thinks I’m crazy for wanting the implants removed. Do you have a recommended surgeon in Orange County, CA, too many around here to choose from. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      Yes I intense pain at the spot where my implant fused to the rib. Back pain is a common symptom, pain period is a common symptom. Please see the Explant Surgeon list page of this website for recommended surgeons. Nicole

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  61. Michelle

    Hello,
    Can you recommend any surgeons in/near the San Jose, CA area that do the Enbloc procedure? Thanks in advance!

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  62. Lisa Gummer

    My name is Lisa and I had salines put in about 12 years ago. My health has declined since. I have had numerous symptoms over the years all unrelated and feel very misunderstood. From sleep apnea, to restless leg, to facial nerve pain, migraines, now fibromyalgia pain, sore lymph nodes breast pain, rib pain, joint pain, cold and tingling down my limbs, fatigue, depression, to lately thoughts of suicide. None of my doctors including the surgeon who put the implants in said it is related… I say bullshit. I want them out and have scheduled to get them out in 2 weeks. I am so sick I can barely function. I thought it do a toxic cleanse would help myself would before surgery, but it only made me more sick I think by stirring up all the nasty toxins… That’s my guess. So now I am looking for any advice on how to prepare myself for surgery and post surgery and if it really sounds like it’s my implants making me sick. I feel very sick and very crazy since I can’t get any answers from any doctors. Please please please someone help me!

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  63. Melanie

    Hi – I’m still recovering from surgery on 2/25 and not able to type much, but it turns out that my implants (placed February 2003) have no trace of serial number, no manufacturer markings…just some raised text stating 525 to indicate the CCs (also much much larger than they were ever supposed to be…). They look like they fell off the back of a truck or were some office samples. This is incredibly alarming to me, of course…especially after 10+ years of chronic illness and pain. What do I make of this? Is this every normal or explainable?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melanie,
      Phone Dr. Blais of Innoval, he will help you identify your implants. His contact information is on the Resources page of this website. Nicole

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  64. Shannon

    Hi and thanks for this information. I had my silicone breast implants removed 3 weeks ago but just found your website today. I had the explanation with a lift but I’m certain that I did not have the surrounding tissue completely removed. Will the detox and time get rid of the toxins or am I still going to be dealing with the same symptoms?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shannon,
      It may but if you continue to be ill with no real improvements then I would ensure that all capsule tissue is removed. Nicole

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    2. Paula

      Hi Shannon – how are you doing since your explant surgery? Are you going to be happy with doing the lift procedure? Thanks Paula

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    3. Sheryl

      Hi Shannon,
      I’m in the same boat. I got my implants removed before finding this site. Has your health improved? What did you do to get healthy?
      Sheryl

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  65. Victoria Rittman

    I need to know if the manufacture of the implant will help pay for the removal for the fungus, and capsule ? Are there any Doctors in Dallas Texas that will accept Medicare to remove these hard rocks?

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  66. Staci

    After trying every healing modality and diet I could find and researching on the web, my symptoms all lead me back to my silicone implants!! I’m going into my 9th year with them. I never heard that they were toxic to my body but now I see where everything started happening soon after the implants: swelling abdomen with achey-ness due to autoimmune disease they caused (goes from flat to 6 months pregnant looking within hours from awakening), hair loss for years now, lungs always tight/short of breath, liver spots on my face now that I didn’t have, kidney pain when I sleep on one side that wakes me up it’s so severe, just to name a few. I’ve always eaten organic/healthy and been active, taken herbs, annual cleansing diets, energy work, had proper healthcare, etc., there’s no other reason I would be this sick and continually getting worse! I went from A+ health to about a D…

    I really dread how I’ll look when I get them removed, but feeling this sick isn’t attractive and great boobs can’t compensate = I’d rather feel and look great everywhere else.

    Now, thanks to your website and the comments I’ve read from others, I’ve decided to immediately go through explantation. Thank you again, I really needed this support, forum and information.

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  67. Renee

    I had silicone implants put in over 30 years ago and want to get new ones because of their age but can’t afford them. A long time ago there was a lawsuit that I tried to get money on but my Dr disappeared with all his records that I needed. If I get explantatio n there will be serial numbers I can use to maybe get some reimbursement??
    Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Renee,
      Yes, there is a manufacturer’s name/symbol and serial numbers on breast implants for some time, hopefully your older ones have them too. Some of the older ones do not. Nicole

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  68. Jen

    Hi. May I have a copy of “guide to implant capsulectomy” please?

    Trying to figure out if I need capsulectomy after smooth saline explant.

    Thank you 🙂

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      Yes you do need a Total Capsulectomy after smooth saline implants. Every explant should be Enbloc if possible with a Total Capsulectomy. I will send you the Guidelines. Nicole

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  69. Kelly

    I had silicone implants placed since 1992.it wasn’t until my last mammogram in October 2015, that I realize through a mammogram, ultrasound, and an MRI I have a ruptured implants inboth sides. I’m very torn between having them removed and not replaced or replaced with Saline implants.between talking to a few plastic surgeons including the one that originally placed my implants ,I’m more confused than ever. Many symptoms that I have I thought was due to aging, working too much and not taking care of my self. I know it’s best to have them removed and not replaced but I’m scared to look at myself without them since I have the more than half of my life.I have had consultations with private surgeons and also ones affiliated with kaiser Permanente .is anyone have any feedback on their staff ofplastic surgeons, especially in the field of explantations (en bloc)procedures?

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  70. Teena

    Hi, I’m also in Australia, had silicone implants in 1986 and recently an ultrasound shows both ruptured. I have been sick ever since I’ve had them. My problem is I may have to wait anything from minimum of one year to five years for explant.I was told its a 30 minute procedure to take them out, they are under the muscle but I am confused as my surgeon did not mention enbloc.I can’t afford to pay so I have to wait and not only am I physically getting worse with health problems but mentally its driving me insane knowing I have these toxic things leaking in my body…help

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    1. Robyn

      Hi Teena,
      I would highly recommend you go back to your GP and complain about the implants and the pain they are causing. Also ask to be sent for an MRI. This will boost you up the public hospital waiting list.

      I’m in Queensland and on the public hospital waiting list. I was classed as category 3 (least urgent), even though an MRI confirmed rupture. I am due to see the surgeon next month, after a 6 month wait. The surgery will be done within the year.

      Best wishes,
      Robyn

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  71. Julie

    Hello there,
    My names Julie I’m in austrailia. Im having my implants removed in about 3 weeks, could you tell me of any places i can get them tested here.
    Thanks Julie

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  72. Donna Kimsey

    Incredibly sick, I have major mass leaking. I found a very large lump and a extensive leaking from my left implant. Origanally thought to be cancer, but after being sent to have breast scan and X rays they concluded it was implant mass leakage. I have had symptoms of fatigue, depression, aches, and pains, headaches,memory and hair loss and feeling of being in a fog like state for 2 years. My implants were obtained in 1986 (not the surgery I wanted at all, but being niev, I went with the surgery my male dr. Said was what he recommended) if I new then what I know now 20 years later.
    When I was contacted in the early 90s about a settlement for these implants. I took it. A woping 1400.00. I never thought it would be a problem after all my surgeon said it was safe and highly recommend this implant. The surgery I wanted at the time had NO implant
    involved as it was a lift and replacement of my nipples. My surgeon insured me that this surgery would cause extreme scaring with enfisise on no feelings in my nipples ever. He said the implants would be much less invasive. (REALLY…I HAVE LITTLE TO NO FEELING IN BOTH NIPPLES) I hate these large breast, I thought Dr knows best. I need these removed and don’t know if my state insurance will cover it, I can’t afford to have them removed and don’t know if I have any further recourse against the manufacturer of the implants or the surgeon . Please help. Any input would be appreciated.

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  73. Robyn R

    Hi,
    I have silicone implants from 2004 with a recent MRI confirming my worst fears and constant nagging to my doctor; ruptured implant.

    I’m based in Australia so am able to have explant surgery performed free however convincing the surgeon to provide an enbloc removal is another thing.

    I’ve had severe nausea, headaches and varying muscle aches and cramps, severe kidney pain and dehydration and scalp and skin sensitivity and irritation; depression symptoms have significantly worsened.

    Would you agree that these issues are all symptomatic of silicone toxicity?

    Can you please suggest how I can enforce my desire for an enbloc removal and no replacement? So far my concerns to my
    Medical Practioner have been met with responses of how the outer shell of the implant is containing the silicone and therefore my issues are all in my head and nothing to do with my implants?

    Please help? Going crazy here Down Under.

    Thanks and love your site; literally a life saver!! Xx

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Robyn,
      I will send you the Guidelines and Indications for Total Capsulectomy which you can use as a discussion tool for the many reasons all capsule tissue should be removed when a woman explants. There is scads of proof now that silicone is toxic and causing grave illness in many. Perhaps the best thing to do is print off all the silicone writings by Dr. Susan Kolb found here: http://www.plastikos.com/atlantaplasticsurgeryarticles.html#page=silicone. Hope it helps. Nicole

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  74. Karen Richardson

    I had implants over 30 yrs ago. They are completely ruptured. The past two years I have been incredibly ill. Extreme weight loss of more than 75 lbs. I’ve bein intensive care several times. There isn’t a test that my GI Dr hasn’t done or covered. Pancreas and liver enzymes are elevated, pplatelets are diminished. Severe pain in upper gastric region. My immune system is totally broken down. Has anyone experienced these problems? I’m about at the end of my rope with being so sick for so long. Hwlp

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  75. Debie

    Hi there
    THANK YOU for creating this site and the facebook page, I’m so grateful you have enlightened me so much and am getting explant ASAP after 27 years of leaking silicon and I have so many health issues some days I don’t know how I function.
    My implants are Dow Corning. I wonder how i find out if there was a warranty other than emailing. Since mine are so old I am not sure I would be eligible, am a bit scared to email but maybe I should just brave it up got nothing to loose I guess.

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  76. JO

    Hi Nicole,

    I’m new to your site – thank you for such a detailed and helpful site!
    Would you please send me the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine, today if possible?

    I have an appt. with Dr. Chun tomorrow and need to review the guidelines to ensure that he will follow as recommended. I’m not sure that he is the one I’ll have do my surgery, but will ask him how he does the procedure to ensure that he follows the specific guidelines.

    Thank you,
    Jo

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  77. Beatrix jensen

    I am looking for a surgeon that has a highly respected history of the removal of breast inplants. One that uses the EN block. I would like this surgery asap, as I am always sickly and would like to go on with my life

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  78. Teresa chase

    This is so alarming I just met a friend who lead me to your page! I has the salane put in about 13-14 yes ago I got sle lupus brain fog and deterating disk disease along with cold I’m only 52 and feel half dead They just found nodulars on both lungs and here I read they can get mold fungus and bacteria! I want them out I only done to make my clothes fit better and young and stupid but how can we get a doctor to check them and take UA serious?

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  79. Mona

    Hi Nicole,

    I am so glad that found this site and thank you for this invaluable information; I am glad I am reading it before and not after like I did when I went for reconstruction 8 years ago. I have had some symptoms for some years now but they were diagnosed as either Auto immune or rheumatoid arthritis or dryness of skin and/or eyes. I was not given any kind of information for/against the implants, my fault too, that I decided to get them without doing my research. Sadly I’ve always done research to get as much information as possible before deciding on anything, small or big. But your article is really helpful and would appreciate it if I can get a copy of Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy. I need to find a good implant surgeon in Chicago area and hopefully will find the right one.

    Thank you
    MT

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  80. Cindi

    I am going through almost every symptom listed and I am trying to seek a reliable plastic surgeon skilled in this area. I am located in the Philadelphia area. if anyone knows of any Dr’s in that area I am seeking help. I am desperate. i am sick of conventional Dr’s telling me im just stressed and increasing my antidepressants. Please let me know. I have had implants now for 7 years and have been having the symptoms for the last 2 almost 3 and half years. please let me know

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  81. KRISTIE ROCHE

    I HAVE HAD MY IMPLANTS FOR APPROX 18YRS. I AM A 42YO THAT WAS A NEARLY A AND NOW A SMALL C. I AM A NURSE AND PUSH/PULL HEAVY PATIENTS ALOT. I HAVE I BELIEVE A MUSCLE TEAR IN MY LEFT BREAST, (I CAN ACTUALLY FEEL MY BREAST IMPLANT ). I AM NERVOUS THAT AS I GET OLDER MY SKIN TISSUE AND MUSCLE DECREASE WILL MAKE THIS WORSE. I HAVE VERY LITTLE FAT /MUSCLE LOL ON MY UPPER BODY, ESP. MY CHEST. I REALLY DO NOT WANT ANOTHER IMPLANT, I JUST WANT THESE REMOVED AND BE DONE. WHAT AM I LOOKING AT, AS FAR AS SURGERIES? I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HELP.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kristie,
      You need to explant. You will have to find a plastic surgeon who removes breast implants properly which is Enbloc, if possible with a Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure all capsule tissue is removed for your highest and best healing. Read all the pages of this website and you will have the information you need to move forward. Nicole

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  82. Brooke

    Hi Nicole,
    Please email Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy.
    I have had mine for 12.5 years.
    I am symptomatic. I have developed many severe food allergies, have dry eyes and lips. My lips are so dry – if I put Vaseline or coconut oil on them, they get swollen and red, so I can’t moisten them at all. My doctor said I may have Sjogren’s Syndrome. I am considering going to a rheumatologist, even though I have already decided to get explantation. There is a test for silicone toxicity. Do you think a visit and blood test is a good idea?
    I am already following a diet very similar to your suggestion. My holistic doc said I had yeast, fungus and parasites. Her natural remedies didn’t work, because of my implants of course. But my diet is helping my lips, although not completely.
    I am interviewing my current plastic surgeon and Dr. Linda C. Huang, who was a highly recommended surgeon on your website- and going from there.
    Thank you so much for providing this website! It really got me thinking. My friend sent me a link to your site; she has had
    her implants for 16 years and has a scleroderma, among other issues. It is very eye-opening! I appreciate all of your help!
    Brooke

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  83. Georgette Arriola

    My arms no longer have strength and are riddled with painful spasms. I wonder if painting iodine on my armpits will help the lymph nodes?

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  84. Faye

    I feel like I’m dying and need these implants out!! Is there a dr. In Milwaukee Wisconsin that anyone could recommend? I’ve had 4 surgeries due to my pockets opening up. It’s been 9 years. Haven’t been able to work. Need some advise where to go please ASAP! I feel like I’m dying!!

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  85. Nellie Riggs

    Hi. I am also looking into explantation, have been for a few years now. I just can’t seem to find one in the Buffalo NY AREA THAT IS EXPERIENCED at doing an explantation with full capsolectomy-en bloc removal.
    My question is how can I find your FB group?
    And a good Dr. close by and more affordable than Feng???
    Thank you again for all the information, this site is amazing!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nellie,
      The facebook button is at the bottom of any page of this website or go on facebook and search our group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. See you in the group. Nicole

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  86. Susannah

    I have had implants since 1987. They have left me so uncomfortable. I also have an immune deficiency because of it. I get foggy brain and am very moody since I have had them. I don’t know how to even make a decision on what to do. I am so afraid that if I have them replaced I will have the same problems and if I remove them my breasts will be a mess. I live in Florida and it is hard to find the right doctor to help make the right decision and it is so expensive too.

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  87. Vicki

    Nicole,
    Can you please send me the guidelines from the plastic surgery school also? I’m scheduled soon for my explant and my doctor said it will leave a bigger scar. Of course he does not feel they are causing any of my health issues.

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  88. Nenita Franck

    Nicole,
    Would you please explain the differences in ordinary removal of an implant and the removal of an implant and capsule? How would the incisions be? Would the removal of the capsule entail a bigger incision? What about type of anesthesia? general, local? hospital stay?

    I have 30+yr. implants, saline. I recently was told that they have ruptured after having a mammogram. I also am an Ovarian Ca survivor of 13 yrs. and had chemo tx. I have symptoms from your list. I’ve also been in a minor rear end collision. I’ve had a bad fall on cement. I’ve thought that my symptoms were due to these incidents.

    I have a plastic consult on the 24th. I’ve learned a lot from you on this site and will keep it all in mind for my consult. I’m also a veteran and my health care is with the VA.

    I’ll stay in touch with the explant plans. Thank you. Nenita

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nenita,
      The normal procedure for removing implants SHOULD be Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy however plastic surgeons don’t make a lot of money removing implants and so they don’t like to spend the time it takes to remove breast implants properly. Instead, they make an incision under a local and pull the implant out which leaves the capsule tissue behind which continues to cause illness. Please read the following for the proper implant removal procedure: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/. I will also send you the Guidelines which is a medical paper written by a prominent plastic surgery school to plastic surgeons describing that when a woman explant a Total Capsulectomy should be done for many reasons. The incision to properly remove implants is only slightly larger than the original implanting incision. Incisions to remove can be under the breast or around the nipple. Nicole

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Honey,
      I will send the Guidelines to you via email. I suggest requesting your surgeon pack up your implants and capsule tissue and mail/send them to Dr. Pierre Blais directly from his office. Or if this is not possible or he charges too much for this service, your surgeon should pack up your implants and capsule tissue for you and you can send them directly to Dr. Pierre Blais. Nicole

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Agathe,
      In Ottawa Dr. Petra Schiller in North York is known to do proper explants. However, like most plastic surgeons she will not discuss breast implant illness or admit that implants cause illness. Nicole

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  89. Lu

    I am wondering how much explanation will cost in Canada. Also how do I convince my doctor that my implants may be causing all my issues. There is a serious Dr shortage in British Columbia where I live so I cannot get a second opinion as there are no doctors available accepting new patients.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lu,
      I was explanted in Canada in 2013 and paid $3,750.00. Since then I have talked to some women who were explanted and it was paid for by provincial health care in some provinces across Canada. Pain seems to be the symptom that motivates doctors to support explant and get things moving along quickly. You must scream pain in the breast, chest, neck and back. We added a couple new plastic surgeons who explant in BC the other day and I hope this helps you. Nicole

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  90. Jenna

    Has anyone had any experience with Dr. Gwen Maxwell in Tucson for explant surgery? I’ve seen her name pop up on a couple sites… Thank you!

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  91. Basia

    I have had my implants removed but I am concerned because I feel that the doctor may not have removed the capsule. He said that he did but my breast didn’t reduce much in size and my illness didn’t improve at all. May I ask how can I find out other than ask my doctor if the capsule was in fact removed and if it wasn’t am I still going to heal from my illness that includes swelling of the ankles and RA like finger stiffness and pain.

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  92. Cheryl Ferreira.

    I was in a car wreck where between the seatbelt and airbag hit my right breast and literally made it explode and before I found your website I had to have my implants removed and I don’t think the surgeon knew what she was doing ,therefor I’m having pain n have loose silicone left in my breast so I’m trying to find someone in Springfield il or within a few miles that knows what they are doing to fix this problem I really can’t travel very far because I have no one to take me if you could recommend a dr fairly close , I’m just at such a loss as to what to do to get this poison out of me ! I could really use some help here.

    Very distraught and scared

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  93. Jenna

    Thank you so much for all the information you put out there! Does anyone have experience with Dr Hiatt in Arizona? Or any other recommendations for surgeons in the Phoenix area? I’ve had saline implants for 10 years and have been very sick for the past two. I am considering using Dr. Hiatt for explant. He seems very capable as a surgeon but recommended draining the implant first, removing it, then doing the total capsulectomy. Is it imperative to have en bloc style with saline, or is his approach effective as well? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!

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    1. Jillian

      Hi, Jenna,

      I live in Chandler, AZ and want to have my implants removed, too. I did some research on Dr. Hiatt, and I did not like what I saw. I’ve learned that if you read a lot of reviews on a doctor and his office staff, they usually turn out to be very accurate. That has been my experience in the Phoenix area. And I have seen many doctors due to these implants (which I now know are the cause.) I personally have no interest in consulting him. And I read that he does not take insurance for explants. You may want to check and see if that is still true. I do not like the manner in which he wants to remove the implants, either. Remember, this is your life and future health! Please don’t take chances just because he’s local.

      I hope that you are able to find the right doctor. You may need to consider going outside the state to ensure that the surgeon has a lot of experience with explants and has the proper technique. Remember, you need to have those implants examined for bacteria, mold, fungus, etc. By draining the implants, not only is that risky for you, but he may be eliminating some of the evidence as to the cause of your illness.

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Jenna,
      I know ladies that had explants with Dr. Hiatt in Arizona and are very happy with his work. Come to the facebook group and speak with them. Nicole

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  94. Melissa

    I had my first set of implants for 9 years
    Developed chronic fatigue shortly after but never made the connection. Had a new set put in because dr suggested 8-10 years. First set was saline second silicone. I have had my 2nd set just over 2 years now, last year started to develop severe food and drink intolerance dry eye and mouth hot flashes and night sweats high protein in urine muscle cramping/twitching and brain fog. My Dr said bloodwork is fine nothing is wrong! I live a healthy active lifestyle and have a job I love and it’s really worrying me now. Do you recommend a Dr I can see with implant illness experience in California!?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      There really are no doctors with implant illness experience in California or even other states. Your symptoms are definitely common to breast implant illness but no doctor will be able to test you to confirm it. Go right to planning your explant. See the surgeons listed for California on the Explant Surgeon page of this website. Nicole

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  95. Julia

    Hi,
    Thank you for all the info. I live in Denmark and there doesn’t seem to be any explant specialists here. I had ruptured silicone implants removed 1 year ago and the capsule was left behind, they were replaced by saline but with rough surface 🙁 . An ultrasound scan confirmed that there is residual silicone left in the capsule and in 2 lymph nodes (lymph nodes are asymptomatic though) but here they do not do anything here about this unless there are symptoms or inflammation, etc… I don’t have any symptoms but just concerned about what can happen 20 years down the road. Do you have any information on explant specialists in Denmark or Sweden? I tried to Google but nothing 🙁

    Thanks in advance,
    Julia

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julia,
      I’m sorry we do not have a surgeon listed for Denmark or Sweden yet. You are looking for a plastic surgeon that remove implants properly which means Enbloc, if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy. You will also need the capsule/scar tissue and the silicone removed from your chest from previous set of implants. I am happy to hear that you are not symptomatic yet and I think you are smart taking a proactive approach and dealing with it now before you have symptoms. Best wishes to you, Nicole

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      1. Madde

        Hi Nicole,

        Are there still no explant specialists in Sweden or nearby?

        Do you know if I can apply for a fund in US to help me explant my saline implants?

        Thank you for all of your help!

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Madde,
          No we don’t know of any surgeons in Sweden yet however their are a few Swedish ladies in the facebook group that may be able to help you find a surgeon. Come to the facebook group. Nicole

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  96. Jen

    Thank you for this web-site! I have had my implants 16 years. I have wanted them out for 10 years now but have been in denial. I read an article that caught my attention a few days ago and have decided it is time. I wish I had read all these things BEFORE I did this to myself at 23 years old. It is all very scary! The more I read the more urgency I feel. Is there anyone that you would highly recommend in South Carolina? I want to make sure it is done right. What are you thoughts on having a lift done? THANK you for your time and this wonderful web-site.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      Check the Explant Surgeon list for a surgeon nearest you and then come to the Facebook group which is now over 600 ladies and check for a surgeon in South Carolina. Lots of ladies have lifts if needed as part of their explant with great results. You can talk to them in the group. Nicole

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Accupilot,
          You can go directly to the facebook group by clicking the Facebook button below or go to facebook and search the group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. See you in the group. Nicole

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  97. Barbara Maxson Proud

    There seems to be very little documentation about problems/symptoms related to saline implants, with the exception of one story showing black mold formation inside implants that had during-surgery fill valves. My implants are pre-filled saline, and I wonder if there are any stories of negative experiences/health issues related to this type of implant? Also, in my case, both implants slid out (the second within a week after the first) from their original placement behind the chest muscles and have been floating freely within the breast “pocket” for almost five years, often times moving into positions that cause ridiculous mis-shaping of the breast which requires my massaging them back into reasonable shape. I have anticipated and looked forward to the repair of my “broken” implants for quite awhile now, waiting until I can afford the cost of having replacement surgery. But, now that I’m ready, I wonder if there is ample evidence to suggest whether it’s possible to have my type of implants “safely” replaced, or whether I should just have them removed entirely. As well, because my implants have not been in their original “capsule” for some time, I wonder what procedure would be needed with regard to the removal of capsule tissue, regardless of which path I end up taking. I’m certain I will need to speak with an explant specialist, but before I do, any feedback/guidance from you would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Barbara,
      I suggest a proper explant which means Enbloc, if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy and no new implants. Saline implants (and up to 50 per cent of silicone) get colonized with bacteria and fungus which causes many symptoms in us. Breast implants cause all sorts of health problems as outlined on the website. It’s just not worth it. Nicole

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  98. Tracy

    Do you have a list of good doctors by state to help remove your implants. I am so afraid of not finding a good doctor.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cindy,
      There are no surgeons on the Explant Surgeon list from New Zealand as yet, however there may be a good plastic surgeon there that removes breast implants properly. You are looking for a surgeon that performs Enbloc removal of breast implants with a Total Capsulectomy. All capsule tissue must be removed for your best recovery. Nicole

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    2. Raewyn

      Hi Cindy…
      I am trying to find a recommended explant surgeon in New Zealand. Did you have any success in finding anybody. Any advice you could give would be appreciated.

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  99. Cara Thomas

    Hello and thank you I was in complete shock after finding your website and seeing that this is a REAL issue. I had implants put in just shy of 3 months ago and 6 weeks ago is when I started feeling achy, like I was getting the flu but a cold or other symptoms never came. It comes and goes which is weird to me. I also have a vibrating sensation in my right arm that comes and goes as well. They have been placed under the muscle and are Mentor gel implants smooth texture. I spoke to the Dr. Office of Dr. Feng a highly recommended Dr. for explant from your site. I spoke to the The Director of Operations at the office and she suggested getting a the total capsule removed. I spoke to my surgeon who put them in and he said since I just had them put in he suggests a general removal without the surrounding sac. I am very confused.. Is there documentation that you can refer me to to support the surrounding sac does not need to be taken out? I plan on having them removed in a few weeks either way.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cara,
      The entire capsule does need to be removed for your best recovery. Having said that, you just had your implants placed and the capsule tissue is likely to be very little. In your case I would have the original surgeon carefully remove the silicone implants and wash out the pockets. If you had your implants longer than six months, I would suggest that you would need a Total Capsulectomy to remove any capsule tissue. Nicole

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  100. Patti

    The you for all the excellent info! I’m 48 yes old with 24 yr old 275 cc saline sub left, and my left one recently deflated. Prior to finding this website, I was entertaining living with a escalated implant. I only have memory loss, fatique, hair loss, low libdo,, and was chalking it up to age. After digging deeper and reading more, I now know its implant related. I saw Dr. Kolb (Atlanta) today and I’m scheduled for explant 11\17\15. She was amazing and I highly recommend her if you are struggling what to do!

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    1. Jenna

      Hi Patti,
      I’d love to talk with you! I have explant surgery scheduled with Dr. Kolb in November, but I live in AZ and won’t get to meet her until I get there. Sorry don’t know the etiquette here. Can we exchange contact info?

      Nicole, thank you for all the info you put on your site. It’s been so helpful in finally understanding what’s wrong with me. I have had saline implants for 10 years and have been sick for the past two. I am so excited to have a path back to health!!

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      1. Patt

        Hi Jenna, I too would like to exchange info but don’t know how to go about it either! Do you have saline or silicon? Are you I’ll? What made you decide on a long distance surgeon?
        The for reaching out! Patti

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          1. Jenna

            Hi Patti, I am in the Facebook group now. Look for the name Poi Poi . You can private message me there. I’d love to talk to another Phoenix girl going through this!

    2. Nellie

      Hi Patti. Can you please share with us how your explant went. And how you are doing?
      Thank you!!
      Best wishes.
      Nellie

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  101. Bonnie

    Hi I’m in Windsor Ontario I had Mento saline implants under the muscle done in 2005 by a PS out of Sarnia that lost his license to practice in Canada. I have experienced a ruptured implant and am experiencing some burning and discomfort. I’m not sure where to turn for help. I need guidance adapt.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bonnie,
      You need to have your saline implants explanted properly by a good plastic surgeon that does Enbloc style Total Capsulectomy explants. Read all the pages of this site so you understand what a proper explant is and the processes for detoxification following explant. Saline implants are often colonized with bacteria and or fungus and these organisms are a large part of the illness from saline implants. Nicole

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      1. Bonnie

        Hi Nicole

        Thanks for your reply I’m awaiting a consult with a ps in Toronto on October 27 and have received confirmation that mentor will replace the implants free of charge. I just am in some pain at the moment. I will keep you posted on the details of my outcome pre and post op so others that may be experiencing this can have some hope

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      2. Patt

        Hi Nicole,
        I’ve read all there is to read regarding why enbloc is needed, however, I’m having a hard time understanding how its been found that enbloc is needed for ALL explants? I have saline, with minor symptomolgy that could be attributed to other causes, but I can’t find enough research supporting that enbloc is ALWAYs necessary. If you have any additional research sources, I would appreciate it! Thx you for having this website forum for us! Patti

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Patt,
          Enbloc style removal is not always possible but if it is possible, it is best to remove implants Enbloc style to reduce contamination from the implant and capsule tissue to the rest of the breast tissues and body. The capsule tissue is full of bacteria, fungus and silicone chemicals and to disturb it means that those contaminates come into contact with the rest of your body. Enbloc means leaving the capsule tissue and the implant intact and cutting around the two to minimize contamination. Enbloc is different than Total Capsulectomy which means removing all capsule tissue. Total Capsulectomy IS required when a woman explants and there is really no good reason not to remove capsule tissue. Left over capsule tissue causes all sorts of problems and makes recovery and healing much harder. I hope that answers your question. Nicole

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      3. Bonnie

        Hi Nicole

        Update on my ruptured implant story I have been to see the ps in Toronto and have my explant surgery booked for December 17. The doctor advised me he will only remove and replace the side that’s ruptured and not both. Since my implants are 10years old I’m concerned I’ll look lopsided as one side will be new. What are your thoughts on this?

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  102. Linda Friedman

    Im having explant and breast lift on Nov. 4 here in NYC. My mentor silicone implants are 22 yrs old and are both ruptured. I was told I had mild RA. I have joint pain daily. I didnt know until I read your site that there are toxins. I need to know what to start eating now and after. I consume a great deal of dairy and sweets. I bought a nutribullet.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      Please read the Detoxification page of this website for ideas on diet and general detoxification protocols. Nicole

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  103. Renee

    hello. i have nentor silicone implants. i got them in 2008. i have had shoulder issues/pec issues. they are under the muscle and i lifted heavy weights for body building competing purposes. this could be a really long story but i really hurt. I also feel like my left implant is stuck to my rib what the heck. and i have been thru numerous tests, pinched nerves…. ctscans, mri’s, my abdomen, shoulder, lower back, neck feels like a trap door sometimes. fatigue i cant go to the gym anymore. blood work is normal, lymes test negative. i am having issues in the woman department and trying to figure out if somehow related but the scary thing is I can relate. I also am quite broke. i dont know how i will afford this. or cant imagine how my breasts will look after removal. my daughter sent me this site after trying to figure out what is going on with her mom. my back scapula area has been wrong when i would work out (which i started doing about 2012/2013. any help/guidance, suggestions would be appreciated. thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Renee,
      I am sure you do really hurt. Mentor cohesive gel are very toxic and cause a lot of inflammation in our body which causes bone, joint and muscle pain. Your implant is stuck to ribs which is really painful as well. Silicone is full of endocrine disrupting chemicals which mess up our endocrine glands especially adrenal, thyroid and ovaries but not including the other glands. You have to get your implants removed and detox. It is not uncommon for us to have systemic Candida which produces biotoxins further overloading our liver. All sorts of gut problems as well are usually present. You are slowly being poisoned by these toxic bags of chemicals. Get them out. Nicole

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      1. Renee

        I just saw your reply. thank you.
        I was already typing this below, I am going to finish it so you can see it.
        Could you please send me the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy. My symptoms are so bad. I have over half. I just commented a few days ago but I am really starting to freak out. I have a hard time breathing. Some days are worse than others. I think something is stuck to my ribs and when I work out or just sit up straighter that is smashes my diaphragm (its under my pec muscle), constant nerve pinching, my left side shoulder, back, neck. omg, i am having issues with my woman parts i thought. i dont have periods anymore but this is ridiculous. I am lucky enough to have the VA as my medical. However, I do not know if they will help with this operation. Due to lack of energy, I have not been able to do a regular full time job. It is crazy all these symptoms and all the testing I have been through. Brain, abdomen, chest ctscans, MRIs shoulder, back neck thorax, the ER six times for the same problems with no resolution, no insurance (until I remember I had VA benefits). It is the scariest thing I have ever been through as I have always been SO healthy and strong. I have not been able to work out since January of this year. I have no stamina for cardio any longer. Any help would be great. I would like to email you or call to figure things out as I don’t know where to begin and have become completely overwhelmed. I am responsible for taking care of my 86yr old mother and need to be better for her! She is recovering from a hip replacement this past spring.

        Thank you for your website and shedding some light on this. This is the first step. Please help me with the rest!

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Renee,
          The real first step is explant. I would not waste more time on tests or doctors trying to identify what is wrong or prove it is your implants. Start looking for an Explant Surgeon. I will send you the Guidelines. Nicole

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  104. Caroline

    Hi,
    Please could you let me know if, once implants are removed (not en bloc) it is then possible to have surgery two years later to for a total capsulectomy?

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  105. Renee

    Hi Nicole,
    Can I please ask what Dr. You used for explantation? I have an apt with Dr Susan Kolb at the end of October, but nervous I’ve read good reviews and a few not so good reviews. Just looking for direction.

    Thanks,
    Renee

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Renee,
      I used Dr. Thomas Sinclair in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. He was referred to me by another long time breast implant awareness site called Implantawareness.com. I paid $3,750.00CAD for my Enbloc explant, no lift. Please check out the surgeon explant list which lists multiple surgeons with pricing where available here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Dr. Kolb does excellent surgery and she has a detox protocol that many need but she is expensive (the most expensive) and not everyone can afford $12,000 which most end up costing for an explant. Nicole

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      1. Renee

        Hi Nicole, I’m going to call Canada, thank you. So if I use this Dr. I just do my own detox protocol like you recommended through diet etc? I’m having an extremely hard time with my skin all over now and want these out ASAP. I heard anti fungals are really hard on your body. Did you use those yourself?
        Thx,
        Renee

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          1. admin Post author

            Most plastic surgeons do not acknowledge breast implant illness in general. To do so is the end of breast implants and a large portion of their revenue. Dr. Sinclair does acknowledge quietly acknowledge that breast implants cause illness in some. Nicole.

          2. admin Post author

            Hi Renee,
            The thyroid and adrenals plus the other endocrine glands are really affected negatively by the chemicals and heavy metals in saline and silicone breast implants as well as the biotoxins produced by mold and fungus. A systemic fungal infection can cause hypoadrenal symptoms by itself. Many ladies need thyroid and adrenal support through their healing process. Have a full panel done on your thyroid and have your adrenal hormones checked. If these glands need support during your healing process you can try natural methods but some have to take medication until they are recovered and then slowly wean off the medication. I suggest to come to the Facebook group and you will learn so much more. Nicole

        1. admin Post author

          Hi Renee,
          I did not take prescription antifungals until just lately and I noticed a recognizable improvement in my last few symptoms upon taking the antifungals. Dr. Kolb came to our facebook group and discussed prescription antifungals with us at length. The truth is many of us are infected with mold and fungus, mold in the chest wall from saline implants (sometimes silicone too) and fungus/Candida in the gut and systemically. Sometimes fungus even infects the lungs. Due to our immune dysfunction many of us will not be able to overcome the fungus using natural methods such as diet and natural antifungals until our immune system is working well again which takes quite a bit of time. Dr. Kolb assured us that antifungals are not dangerous for the liver unless your are drinking alcohol, taking tylenol or Ultram or other medications that hamper the liver. If you take prescription antifungals, please research them first to understand the risks and take them with Milkthistle which help protects the liver. Nicole

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          1. Renee

            Many thanks Nicole! 😘 I can’t wait to be free of these. Without this site I wouldn’t have known what was causing my problem as I was treating it from the outside. You truly have saved my life and I cannot thank you enough for speaking out and helping so many of us. Blessings to you.

          2. admin Post author

            Hi Michelle,
            On the Welcome page of the website you will see the group name linked directly to the group or the facebook button on any page at the bottom will take you there as well.

          3. Elayne

            I would like to join your facebook group. I am going to get my implants out on December 7th. I live in Santa Fe, NM and I am going to Scottsdale, AZ to have them taken out. Did not trust any doctors here to take them out. He is a good plastic surgen but I do not know if he is experienced at explant surgeries. I have had my silicone breast implants in since 1986!!!! Have had all the illness you are talking about for about 10 years now.

  106. Tracy

    In the event my surgeon or the surgery facility tries to push back on my request for my implants and tissue samples, where can I research my rights? I’ve researched and Googled, but am not finding a reliable source. I reside in the State of Texas. Should I research the Department of Health? Thank you for this site, your dedication and time.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      Generally, if the implants and capsules are removed in a hospital you may have a hard time getting them back due to hospital policies regarding disposal. If your breast implants are removed in a private facility you have a better chance of getting them back and especially if you prearrange it with your surgeon and make it a condition of your surgery with him. If you are thinking of legal action and want your implants and capsule tissue analyzed by Dr. Pierre Blais in Canada (the only person that analyzes breast implants and provides accurate reports), you may want to arrange to have your tissue and capsules packed up by your surgeon and shipped to Dr. Blais directly, or alternatively passed to you for shipping directly. If you take the implants and capsules into your own possession without being packaged by your surgeon, lawyers for the other side can say they were tampered with so avoid doing that if you are interested in legal action. Ensure your surgeon takes pictures of your implants just removed with the capsule tissue on, and then separately of implants and capsules removed, signs and dates the pictures. This is not uncommon and should be provided to you automatically if you choose a good surgeon. Nicole

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  107. Tracy

    I am so thankful for your site. I have become increasingly desperate to have the implants removed. I’ve had them going on 8 years and have noticed a change in my health. I tire easily and no longer have the energy/stamina to do the things I love, dancing, exercise, etc..

    I was mistakenly implanted with silicone. I paid for saline, however, my surgeon made his incisions before discovering the error. Thus implanted the silicone. I was told by several in the doctor’s office how much better the silicone were over the saline and that I’d be much happier with the results. That today’s silicone is better than their predecessors. I did not have to worry about leaking nor ruptures. There were no minuses. They are very heavy and uncomfortable. I do not have a fold or crease where my breast would hang, consequently bras can be painful. I have a list of complaints.

    Nonetheless, I now feel empowered by your detailed information and am contacting the Houston, TX area specialist recommended by your site. I need my life back.

    Thank you

    Tracy

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  108. Margo Milianta

    Your web site is a God send. It has given me the courage to have an explant. I have an appointment for October 2 and my pre-opt is this week. I believe that my surgeon is a good one, how ever it is very important to me the proceedure is done as recommended so if you would please e-mail the guidelines and indications of breast implant capsulectomy and anything you have that I might give the nurse at the pre-opt to discuss with the doctor…the enbloc and its importance would be nice. please respond as soon as possible.

    Thanks so much,
    Margo Milianta

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  109. Rocio Pintos

    Thank you for your website I feel overwhelmed but happy. I know what I’ve been feeling for quite sometime nobody could figure it out. You are right my intuition led me to this a conclusion about a year ago but I was scared of what my breasts will look like. Now it’s so bad i don’t care I just want to feel better. I am shocked at the system and honored to have come across your informative site. I am a raw vegan practicing 80/10/10 . All this upheaval made me look for natural way to heal and iIwill continue to detox this way. I wanted to thank you and ask if you can send me the email guidelines and indications for breast implant capsulectomy. Thanks again for your time and study and now i will go get informed for my surgeon; hopefully one from list you provided.

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  110. Gina Perozuk

    Help ! Do you have any names/lists for Doctors providing proper explant surgery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada? So far I have tried other provinces they are unwilling to service outside their province . As well I’m told Dr. Urve Kuusk ( BC) is no longer doing them either. I’ve had these in for 35 years and am terrified I won’t be able to get them out properly.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      An explant surgeon is a plastic surgeon who removes breast implants Enbloc, if possible, and with a Total Capulectomy which is the procedure that should be done whenever a woman explants (removes implants). Try other plastic surgeons in Manitoba telling them you want to explant due to your health and you want an Enbloc explant with a Total Capsulectomy. If they cannot do it, ask them to recommend a plastic surgeon that has the skills and experience. Nicole

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  111. Jen

    Hi. I just had a full lift and small saline implant put in a year and a half ago. I’d like to get them out ASAP since I’ve been researching this. I have a very sensitive system and have been having some issues with insomnia, anxiety, hormones, headaches and some body sensations off and on starting a few months after getting them done. Not sure if implants could be the problem but it scares me that it’s possible. Can you tell me what I would need done to be sure nothing is left in my body?? Also who are the best surgeons you would recommend in the San Diego, California area. Or Orange County, California?? I want to make sure I go to someone who will do it properly so I don’t worry about anything residual being left in. Thanks for your help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      Your explant must be Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy. Please read the Explant page of this website here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ for the information you need to understand what a proper explant is. Check out the Explant surgeon page for surgeons close to you: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. In California, Dr. Jae Chun of Newport Beach is very good for explants. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  112. Leslie Zoroya

    After 2 years of bizarre symptoms (brain fog, hyperthyroidism, fatigue, headaches, rash on chest and back, and others…) I finally stumbled upon communities of women online who had all kinds of weird symptoms that they could link to their implants. After humiliating visits to a neurologist, rheumatologist, cardiologist, to name a few, and being treated as if I was a hypochondriac, I went to a breast surgeon in Pasadena, CA who listened thoughtfully to my issues and was willing to remove my implants. His name is Brian Cox and although he had not personally had any cases of women who he felt were sick from their implants, he agreed that I should definitely try it and see if it made a difference. He removed them the very next day and sent them off to be tested. The preliminary labs came back 2 days later clear. But 2 weeks later I got a call at 10:00 p.m. from him saying that the toxicology report came back and I had a rare bacteria called sphingomanus paucimobilis. It lives in saline and I probably picked it up in the hospital that put them in years ago. I went to an infectious doctor after that and had a course of IV antibiotics that I self-administered at home 3x a day for a few weeks. This unfortunately lead to horrible yeast infections and then stomach problems, but eventually it all cleared up and I am back to health. It was a horrible ordeal, but I was so thankful to have come across many of the stories online of women who had experienced similar things. No doctor would have ever discovered the bacteria I had living in my chest. I had had numerous blood tests, CT scans, MRI’s and none of it picked it up. My own persistence and faith in what I knew was not normal for me is the reason I am healthy today. I learned to advocate for myself and not let the colossal lack of curiosity by the medical community deter me from getting an answer. If you are reading this and have implants, consider having them removed. Mine were saline, which was supposed to be “safe.” There are no safe implants!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Leslie,
      Thank you for your very informative and genuine comment. Due to immune dysfunction caused by breast implants, silicone toxicity and heavy metals in breast implants, most women have bacterial/fungal/Candida infections that must be eradicated after explant by antibiotics or antifungals as needed. Nicole

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  113. Allison

    Can you please send me the Guidelines? I have started experiencing almost all of the symptoms listed starting about 7 months ago and have had the implants for 3 years. I have had every blood test and others done with everything coming back normal and finally found a doctor that believed my symptoms instead of just putting me on anxiety meds. I have made an appointment with my plastic surgeon to talk about the removal. Thank you so much for all of this information, anything else would be so helpful!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Allison,
      Please ensure that you read the Explant page of this website before you see your plastic surgeon. Your explant must be Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. All capsule tissue must be removed to ensure your best recovery. I will also send you the Guidelines in case you need it as discussion piece for your surgeon. You may have to go to an alternate surgeon to have your implants removed properly. Many original plastic surgeons avoid removing implants properly or at all as it is an admission they cause illness and may indicate liability for them. Nicole

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  114. Mary Goodwin

    Can you please email me the Guidelines & indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy? I got silicone implants in September 2010. Got a capsuler contracture and had implants removed and same ones reinserted in April 2013. Got another capsuler contracture soon after and I’m going for a consult on August 3, 2015 to see about having implants removed. I’ve had a lot of the symptoms described but never thought about it being from implants. Thank you.

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    1. ananda

      hello everyone

      please can you send me the Guideline and indication for breast implants capsulectomy too?
      i have an pointment with my doc soon and i suffer from almost all the symptoms, i have them since 16 years in my Body.
      thanks a lot for this webside and the work you are doing!
      you give hope.
      dont want to pay this price for “Beauty”anymore, but for my health i will do everything

      ananda

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  115. phyllis bono

    I had silicone implants put in my breasts in 1978. Both are ruptured hard a one is bigger due to capsule formed on it. My breasts have lumps of silicone protruding,and are very painful. I’m going to have them removed. I have many illnesses due to these implants. They are surgitek silastic implants.

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  116. Lisa Smith

    Can you please email a copy of the guidelines and indications of for breast implant capsuletomy
    thank you

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  117. Lisa Smith

    I had breast cancer and had a mastectomy for my left breast. I received the expander at the same time the breast was removed. I then received a port, which ended up getting infected and becoming the size of a tennis ball due to a hematoma. I was receiving chemo but due to the complication and infections it was discontinued after 4 treatments. I acutally had to get drains placed back in to drain around the expander due to the infection. Not one doctor felt it was due to the expander but the chemo and the port. I have now had the expander in for one year and two months. I have been to the doctor over 15 times due to body ache, can’t sleep on my left side, chest pain, chemo brain or so I thought, headache, swelling of my joints, knee pain, stress fractures in both my feet, blood clots, I could go on but is seems to be something every week. I have a special needs daughter so I can’t lay in bed which with the pain I can’t sleep for more than 4 hours anyway but my body is aching so bad I just want to die some days. My daughter give me the will to fight on. I finally came to the conclusion that it must be this expander. I feel like something is running up and down my body at times crawling through my body and I have thought I was going crazy. My doctor looks at me when I come in like what is it now. I am contacting my doctor, the breast surgeon and the plastic surgeon as soon as their offices open up. I just decided to google my implant is making me sick and came across this! It is an eye opener I cant believe I have been suffering for so long I have severe muscle cramps & charlie horses severe back pain, I have had numerous ct scans and my test come back ok from what I am told. The ER doctor say I see something in your blood but that can be a false positive and they can never tell me what it is. I am calling everyone in the morning this right here may have saved my life I feel worse now then I did having the cancer! I printed off what was stated about the procedure that needs to be done and will take that with me to my doctor. I have sharp pains that shoot through me in my expander, it’s sore to touch ans it swells then goes away it gets warm to the touch. I know feel I am not crazy and this is not in my head! Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      We are hearing from many ladies that are so very ill from the tissue expanders used after mastectomy and especially the textured tissue expanders which are causing grave illness due to the toxic chemicals used in them and due to the fibers in the textures which flake off and and are carried about the body by our immune system, causing inflammation in lymph on and on. The fibers circulating about your body would account for the crawling sensations you are having. As well, the textured implants/tissue expanders are implicated in the cases of ALCL Lymphoma. I cannot believe that they are using textured implants in mastectomy ladies when they know how bad they are. Your tissue expander has to be removed Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Any affected Lymph nodes should be removed as well. Come to the facebook group by clicking the facebook buttom below and we will support you through this process. Nicole.

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  118. Janice

    If you look up the ingredients in silicone there are about 40 toxic ingredients. Look them up througho O.S.H.A., they include acetone, black ink, formaldehyde, and about 35 more harmful chemicals.

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  119. Mona Edwards

    I had my implants placed in November 2012 after double mastectomy for breast cancer. I started getting sick about a month ago with severe fatigue, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, enlarged lymph nodes and now two weeks ago a large swelling in my left upper chest and armpit. Catscan shows swollen are caused by infection or inflammation but blood work is normal. My Breast surgeon put me on antibiotics but this has not helped. I am worried about return of cancer or could this be my bodies reaction to the implants. I live in NJ if you could recommend a surgeon. Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mona,
      Please review the Explant Surgeon page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ and the American Society of Breast Surgeons here: https://www.breastsurgeons.org/new_layout/membership/membersearch/index.php. Please ensure that your explant is Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy which means removing all capsule tissue which will be contaminated with toxic silicone chemicals, heavy metals and possibly bacteria/fungus. Please come to the facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking on the facebook button at the end of each page of this site where we will assist you to find a surgeon and other ladies that have undergone a mastectomy and explanted their implants due to illness from breast implants. We can assist and support you through your process. Nicole

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  120. Eileen Lovell

    So glad I found this website before my consultation this Tuesday ( July 8, 2015)
    Can you send me the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy? Personally I’ve never had one problem with my implants and before reading your info above I figured I’d be fine having them removed by my PS that put them in 24 years ago since he’s still practicing. Now, I’m wondering if I’ll let him do the procedure since he’s not listed on your list of doctors here in San Diego. I guess I’ll start with him and see how my consult goes, knowing what I know now I’ll be armed with great questions.
    You are really doing a great service to women like me who don’t understand what lies ahead.

    Aloha,
    Eileen Lovell

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Eileen,
      Thank you for the kind words, I will send you the Guidelines and Indications for Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure that you have an Enbloc style Total Capsulectomy so you can avoid any problems. Nicole

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  121. Donna Hillier

    Hi there, I do belong to the facebook group but have only just read everything on the website. I wonder if you can help me as I am not sure what I should do? I live in the UK and had breast cancer, after two years I had expander placed under the muscle (Sept. 2014), saline for 5 months then replaced with silicon implant in February 2015. Within 8 weeks, I noticed my nails, hair, skin were dry and an excessive thirst, headache, brain fog and unable to think straight at times. I didn’t relate this to the implant, then 6 weeks ago after a hair dye patch test I started with severe palpitations and my headaches became almost a daily thing and just recently my hair falls out slightly more than usual and I get this strange itch and tingle feeling on my arms, parts of my face and hands, throughout the whole thing I don’t sleep properly and am sleep deprived now, I was blaming all the surgeries. My trouble is that my surgery was done on the NHS, so they will tell me nothing, although the surgeon did say that after removal of my expander I had quite a bit of capsule around the implant only after 5 months which he removed before inserting the silicon implant, I didn’t seem ill with the expander but almost instantly started symptoms after the replacement of silicon implant. My trouble is because I don’t pay for it, I can’t ask them to do all the things necessary, they have trouble answering most of my questions as it is! After 4 months of silicon implant do you think I need Enbloc style, do I need a capsulectomy and if the surgeon doesn’t want to do a capsulectomy or Enbloc am I just better off getting him to remove the implant or am I better off waiting until I can afford to have it out the right way with somebody privately? Unfortunately I do not have the funds to have this done immediately and if this is the case will detoxing or any lifestyle change or any kind of natural therapy/treatment help me in the meanwhile. I am so confused at the moment and this is whilst coming to terms with having no breast once again. I still think to get rid of the toxic bag and if necessary once well having a natural tissue reconstruction. Any help and comments would be so much greatly appreciated, thank you for your time, best wishes, Donna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      Your explant must be Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. You already know that your body builds capsule tissue quickly and so there is likely to be more, new capsule tissue around your textured implant (we discussed earlier the dangers of your textured implant). All textured implants should be removed Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy due to the nature of the fibers of textured implants flaking off into the capsule and surrounding tissues and causing toxicity, inflammation, auto-immune symptoms and neurology. If your NHS surgeon does not understand the necessity or cannot guarantee a proper Enbloc removal of your textured implant for your health than you must find another surgeon that will commit to removing your implant properly. No real detoxification or recovery will take place until your implant is removed and so I do not recommend attempting to detox while you have implant(s) in your body. Nicole

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      1. Donna Hillier

        Thank you Nicole, I now have a better idea of what to ask for at my consultation and thank goodness I found this website and you before doing anything. I just want it out now and know this is the best decision. Best wishes and thank you!

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  122. jamie

    Wow! am I so ever grateful for finding this site! As of 14 years ago I have had the right implant rupture twice now. first time in ’08 and then again in 2012. have not been able to afford “the fix” again, so has been left as is. I really only thought that it would be a matter of scar tissue build up that would be damning. What a dummy!
    For the past year I have been getting sick. And the times in-between getting shorter and shorter. Am on my 7th bout of antibiotics since January. One round of sickness has left me pretty much deaf in the left ear. Because most my symptoms have been respiratory in nature, I have seen specialists in the ENT and pulmonary arena to no avail. Just had a CT done on sinuses…nothing there. Well, now I know why!
    As Anna has stated, I’m hell bent on getting these things out of me. I still can’t afford it but what choices do I have?
    And while on the issue of affordability, can anyone tell me the approximate cost? And what is the average down time?
    I live in Washington and saw a surgeon listed in Oregon. Would anyone happen to know how many women have actually gone to this guy for explant surgery?
    And, would it be wise or even beneficial to start on some type of fungal meds even before a surgery?
    A lot of questions. I will try again with the facebook site, although didn’t have any luck yesterday hookin up. A “Jamie ” issue I’m sure!
    Again, thank you so very much for your insight to all of this and a website where women who are experiencing the same thing can come together for one another.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jamie,
      Yes, you do have to explant Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Your choice of surgeon will be very important because your implants are ruptured. I have received a personal recommendation from another lady on Dr. Busby of Oregon and so I do believe he will be a good choice but the determining factor is that your surgeon whoever you chose must be committed to removing all capsule tissue and all silicone from your chest so you have the best chance possible for recovery. Explants cost in the range of $4,000 to $12,000. Insurance should cover removal of ruptured implants because they are failed medical devices. Yes, I do suggest antifungals for you as your symptoms are indicating a broad fungal infection (lung, sinus) and you have had several rounds of antibiotics which promotes Candida in the gut which spreads throughout our body due to immune dysfunction caused by the breast implants. I will watch for you on the facebook group. Nicole

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      1. jamie

        Thank you for respond Nicole. Come to find out, my sinuses are indeed messed up and are the cause for the ongoing infections. Having septoplasty surgery next week. BUT, I am certainly having my inplants removed ASAP. I will check out the doctor in Oregon and also look into the chance of insurance covering the explant. I have Regence Blue Cross and all I can find on any breast surgery has to do with cancer. Will see what unfolds. Will also let you know how all is progressing.
        Again, thank you.

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  123. chantelle harrison

    Hi, if anyone knows of a dr in Ontario, Toronto preferred, I would be most greatfull, I have been to three so far and no one will remove my capsule, they say it’s not needed and will dissolve over time…..

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      1. jane

        Hi Bobbi,
        My GP is trying to get me in to see Dr. Sch?iller.
        Need an explant asap.
        How long did it take you to see her and secure a date for surgery?

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  124. Vanessa Pessolato Piacenti

    Hi i’am from Brazil and I want to know if there’s a Dr recomended in here for the explant and capsulectomy.
    Please send me the article recomendantions for capsulectomy.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vanessa,
      So far, I have found two surgeons that may do proper explants; Dr. Gustavo Sturtz in Germany Agaplesion EVANGELICAL HOSPITAL CENTRAL HESSE Paul-zip-Straße 171 35398 Gießen and Dr. Heinrich of Landhausegasse 2 1010 Vienna, Austria. Please ensure that whichever surgeon you choose does an Enbloc style removal with a Total Capsulectomy (removes all capsule tissue) which will ensure your best recovery. If you find a good surgeon please let us know his name so we can add him to the list. Thank you, Nicole

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  125. Anna

    Hello – I am so thankful to have found this website!! I had smooth, round, saline implants (360cc) placed 11 years ago under the muscle. Since then my health has slowly declined and I have been experiencing 99% of the symptoms outlined on your Symptoms page and many of the same that other women have experienced. Over the past 11 years I have seen countless doctors and spent thousands of dollars out of pocket to try and figure out “what’s wrong with me”. I know my body better than anyone else so I know that this is not normal. But as many of the other women have experienced, every test I’ve done has come back normal and many people, including my own family, think that I’m just being a hypochondriac and don’t take me seriously. I’ve always wondered if my implants could be the cause but never really knew the severity of just how dangerous they are. After finding your site I am dead set on getting them out and have decided to do a Total Capsulectomy, EnBloc style. Now more than ever I feel an overwhelming sense of urgency to get these toxic things out of my body so I can begin to heal however I am really scared that I won’t be able to find a surgeon who knows how to perform this procedure correctly. I went through your list of surgeons and there are only two in my area. One had sketchy reviews and it seemed that most of his patients were there for esthetician services (non surgical). The other didn’t even have his own website so I didn’t feel comfortable going to either one. I was wondering if any of the women you work with have had the procedure done in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and could provide the name of a good surgeon/s that comes highly recommended from personal experience? If so, would it be possible to put me in touch with one of the women so I can speak with them about their experience as well?
    Thank you for everything you’re doing to bring awareness to this! I feel that you have quite possibly saved lives and will continue to do so, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you.
    Take care,
    – Anna

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  126. Anne

    Hello All—
    I’m hoping someone can give me some guidance on this. Is there a set of pathology tests that should be performed on the capsule after it is removed?
    I know that my surgeon will test for cancer…..but he said if there are specific tests for fungus, mold, or bacteria that I would like to have done, to let him know……..
    Is there a set of suggested pathology panels that I could tell him to run?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anne,
      As far as I know there are no standard tests on the capsule other than the cancer screen test and whatever test the surgeon orders. I believe that samples of the capsule are taken and looked at under a microscope to check for the presence of bacteria and or fungus. I know that Dr. Susan Kolb cultures samples of the areas to see what grows and then treats from there. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  127. Lorraine

    Thank you for this wonderful website full of valuable information and support. I have silicone implants under the muscle that I had implanted in 2007. I haven’t had any of the “normal” illness that most women experience but I did start having irregular periods when I was 35. This got progressively worse until they stopped altogether. I have other symptoms of menopause and tested with Ob/Gyn and she told me my blood work shows me to be in menopause. I just turned 40 two weeks ago. My mother died at 47, but wasn’t even perimenopausal at that time. My older sister has no symptoms of menopause. I know that these symptoms and depressed estrogen levels are from my implants. I’ve spoken to my husband and we have decided to go ahead with an explant. I had a consultation with Dr Jae Chun in Newport Beach thanks to your recommendations. I’m 100% set on getting these toxic bags out of my body. I just have one question. What do you think about getting a lift? My breast were large (34DD) before breastfeeding 2 babies, then were a large B/ small C after that. I have small implants (275cc) and know that I still have some healthy breast tissue. In other words there will be something there to be lifted. But I am afraid that there are adverse reactions to a lift that I don’t know about. I’m already upset that I got the implants in the first place and I don’t want to make another mistake that will be harmful to my health based on looks. So please, let me know what your thoughts are about getting a lift with my explant.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lorraine,
      I know of no adverse effects from lifts. Many ladies do get lifts as part of their explant and are very happy with the procedure and how their breasts look. Please join our Facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group. Nicole

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  128. Arina Hobbs

    Urgently needs a name of a doctor in south Africa that does explants En-bloc style with Total Capsulectomy .
    I’m very sick. Have implants for 9 years now and never gave it a thought that the implants could be the reason
    for short breath, chronic terrible fatigue, poor balance and constant brain fog, heart palpitations, anxiety bordering on panic, panic attacks,
    severe memory loss, avoiding people, sensory defensiveness, migraines, chronic pain in both shoulders, pain in muscles between
    ribs, low or no energy by midday, severe vertigo and motion sickness, and and and… I just can’t go on. Went to see my plastic
    surgeon and he denies the possibility that the implants could cause any of these symptoms. On the question of the removal
    process he said that total capsulectomy is not a necessary procedure. He also quoted me dubble of what he asked me to put in the
    implant at first.
    Please I need the name of a doctor who would do this for me! As soon as possible…
    Kind Regards
    Arina

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Arina,
      The closest doctor/surgeon that I could source for you is located in Morocco, Dr Nasser Lahlali at Morocco Residence ben El Bachir, 12, Rue Oued Ziz, 10090 Agdal-Rabat, Morocco. I found his name on another explant site and I don’t have any personal recommendations about him so please do your due diligence to ensure he is a good surgeon. Your explant should be Enbloc style and with a Total Capsulectomy and any surgeon telling you different is not acting in your best interests. I will send you a medical paper regarding why a Total Capsulectomy is necessary when a woman explants. In addition, we know from experience that you may not recover if you do not have all the capsule tissue removed and a second surgery may be necessary so please ensure that you receive a Total Capsulectomy at the time of explantation. Capsule tissue is filled with silicone chemicals, bacteria and fungus and leaving it in aggravates your body and symptoms may not detox. Nicole

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  129. Beverly

    I am 60 years old with 32 year old silicone implants under muscle. I don’t have any symtoms of illness that I know of and never had trouble with my implants. I have a consult to get implants removed tomorrow. Do I need en bloc or capsulectomy? Thank you in advance.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Beverly,
      Ideally, you want an Enbloc style Total Capsulectomy so your silicone implants are explanted in a manner which removes the implants and capsule tissue, together, in one intact unit, without disturbing the capsule tissue and implant which will minimize contamination of your tissue as much as possible. Nicole

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  130. Heidi

    Hi Nicole I’ve had my saline smooth round (mentor) implants since 2005… I’m symptomatic and want them removed properly… Is total cspsulectomy enough since the capsule and surrounding tissue is ex planted?

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, the procedure is called Total Capsulectomy in North America. Ask the surgeon to describe to you exactly how he will remove your implants and capsule tissue. The important thing to you is that your implants be removed in a manner that does not contaminate you further which means they are removed intact, not disturbed, punctured or cut open. All capsule tissue that your body built around the implants to wall them off from your breast tissue must be removed from your body for your best healing and recovery. Nicole

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  131. kimberly Ryan

    * 25 yrs ago silicone implants
    * yrs later terribly sick.
    * removed had saline
    * two yrs with them infection. stopped infection. yrs later saline leaked replaced breast.
    * 9 yrs later March 2015 saline implants left breast implant full infection swelling and deformity. Internist who treats me for my auto immune and connective tissue disease said the breast implant needs out. I am frightened, and yet I am feel like I am done with this breast thing. I am 53 and am tired of the pursuit of perfection. I also don’t want to have to go through this infection stuff anymore.
    * I am frightened of how I will look, but if feeling better is worth it than i think it is time to jump.
    Thank yo for letting me post.

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  132. Janette

    Hi, I want to thank you for your site. I’ve had the gummy bear mplants for 10 months now. I been extremely ill for the past two months. I am 27. Have seem many doctors ran many test and nothing. My liver enzymes were slightly elevated on My blood work thats all. My plastic surgeon offered to take them out for free but i dont know i can trust him but i am despertate And most doctors won’t see me until a Month or so. I am also confused how important enbloc is in my situation. I’ve only had them for 10 month and there doesn’t seem to be a rupture seen thru MRI. my original surgeon offered to take them out but just the implant so I told him I wanted enbloc and he didn’t seem to like the idea too much but at the end said ok. I feel like he might not be that experienced with Enbloc. My question is at 10 months with implants and feeling extremely sick everyday is enbloc necessary? Do you know any other test I can run to rule other things? Where can I get hair toxicity test done and do I need a doctor order? These have been The worst 2 Months of My life. Right now I have many symptoms! Cant sleep, I need to clear my throat every minute and it often feels like I have a medication in my throat, my pulse is much higher than normal at rest. I have a burning sensation on my arms upper back and neck. Muscle spasms and tightness of neck. Warm sensation inside body, ear ringing. Stomach acid, loose stool, little appetite. Dry mouth. And I cAn probably name 30 other symptoms. Did thyroid and ANA and came back normal. Help! I don’t know what to do… How important is ENBLOC in my situation ? Should I perform with my doctor in case no other doctor can see me sooner? What can I do in the meantime to help me feel better and detox? I looked at your doctors recommendations but found no doctors in El Paso tx or las cruces, New Mexico area which is where I am right now. I hope you can help. like you, I want to be able to help others and spread the word once I get better. God bless you nicole!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janette,
      Your symptoms are definitely from your implants. In your case with these toxic cohesive gel (gummy bear) implants for only ten months, Enbloc style removal is not as important but you will need a Total Capsulectomy. You may not have a lot of capsule tissue as yet but any present needs to be removed for your best recovery and easiest detoxification. It is well known in the surgery and plastic surgery business that any time a woman explants a Total Capsulectomy should be done for her well being for many different reasons and I will send you a medical paper outlining the reasons. Your plastic surgeon is shying away from a Total Capsulectomy because it takes more time and they are not making much money from the procedure and so they would rather do a quick removal under a local anesthetic in their office and not bother removing the capsule tissue. Here is the Explant Surgeon list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. The proper explant is the first step and then we will move on to detoxification. Nicole

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    2. holly

      I had the Sientra cohesive gel 350cc’s removed a few hours ago. Had them 15 months.
      Immediately started vomiting irregularly, as if I were pregnant, starting 1 month after implants. The vomiting increased, and by last two months was vomiting multiple days/week. Fatigue – started last november. Thought I was pushing myself too hard, not enough sleep, too much coffee, not enough vegetables, not enough exercise. Fixed all that; fatigue got worse. By March – became exhaustion. I’ve never been a tired person. Taken 1 nap in my adult/adolescent life. I used to sleep 6 hours/night. And then in March started feeling like life was draining out of me with every exhale; every night at 10pm. Got worse, extended into mornings, then afternoons. I couldn’t believe what was happening to me, literally *felt like I was dying.
      Im 27.
      Im fit as hell, prior to implants – at age 26, I was doing bikram yoga 4-5 days per week; PLUS running 5-6 mile routes 4-5 days per week; PLUS at home zuzka workouts.
      After implants couldn’t do that cuz boobs bounced. Did yoga- almost passed out, pulse so fast.
      Nausea so bad, all day, all morning, all the time. Soo bad. Last week – I existed on popcorn and peppermint tea only. I ate a bite of apple and felt like I was gonna puke. It’s ridiculous. I wouldn’t eat until 6pm – that was my first meal. If I slept 7 to 10 hours/night; the nausea was worse.
      So, explanted today. Obvious was implants. Had realization in March after suddenly lost consciousness while driving. Noticed heart rate so fast while lying down (started day of implant and never went away). Noticed *buzzing* sensation in chest, behind implants. Knew my fatigue and nausea was caused by something and it wasn’t poor diet, any genetic/infected health-disorder. Knew I was loosing my train of thought more and more often. Not able to finish sentences. Couldn’t think of right word. Too often. Despite reading news, and attempting to write two books at once; while studying physics. Shouldn’t be loosing my once epic vocabulary.
      So, removed. Screw implants. Screw toxic chemicals in my body so my husband has more fun in bed. Screw a flawed-society standard of woman with big tits are the norm, when phenotypically they are the outliers.
      Tip for explant: Use tape to hold up breast tissue: hoping to have both sides adhere in a more youthful, or less-droopy position. Also, cleaned off their iodine, put on lavender oil (pure), and peppermint aruvedic lotion. Then, wrap with cotton (washed) gauze from bottom, up. Wrapping to hold those things in place in a…. higher position. Tight sports bra or some sort; so adheres to the position you are forcing it into.
      May not happen, but I don’t see why not if your tissues have some minimum level of collagen/elastin/whatever. And keep using essential oils, and eating raw herbs (mint, sage, oregano, marshmallow root, chamomile, etc).

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      1. Linda

        Just now read your post from 8 months ago. Would love if your nausea stopped, energy came back and over all health is improving after explanation. Linda

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  133. Heidi

    Had my implants 10 years…. Horrific debilitating pain with rheumatoid arthritis and fibro symptoms. Need surgeon in St. Louis who does Enbloc total cspsulectomy… I feel this is my only hope for getting better… Feel like I’m dying. No quality of life

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Heidi,
      Here is the Explant Surgeon list http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. There is no surgeon right in St. Louis on the list but that does not mean there is not one there. You are looking for a skilled plastic surgeon or breast surgeon that will remove your implants Enbloc style and do a Total Capsulectomy which means removing all of the capsule tissue. Nicole

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      1. Heidi

        Thank you so much Nicole…. I’m clear… Met some resistance already from docs…. Have some leads and waiting to hear…. Have fear around calling my dr to get serial numbers/ lot numbers and copies of surgery dates…my first surgery was April 2005. Had saline smooth round 350 Mentor implanted. In June 2005 had smooth round 740 and 725cc Mentor implanted. Healthy athlete my whole life… Pleased with visible results….started having symptoms years ago now practically bedridden with debilitating bone joint muscle pain with spasms, anxiety, can’t focus… Are women able to have implants again after Enbloc total capsulectomy?

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        1. admin Post author

          Yes, women can get implants again after Enbloc explants and Total Capsulectomy but I don’t recommend it. It is clear from other womens’ experiences that symptoms and illness return if they implant again. Skilled surgeons who replace implants usually do a Total Capsulectomy as you will read in the a medical paper titled “Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy” which I will send to you. Enbloc style and Total Capsulectomy does not remove the adipose (fat) breast tissue. Many implants are placed sub-muscular (under the chest wall muscle) and not directly on the breast tissue. Nicole

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          1. Robin

            I am also in St. Louis and have found no one who will agree my symptoms are due to implants. I was a very active owner/operator of a large childcare center, I coached cheerleading, t-ball, and was always on the go. I have lost over 40lbs in the last year, pass out regularly, have cataracts and other eye problems women my age should not have, my hair comes out by the handfuls, it’s a great day when I can get out of bed because I am so tired and sore, and I can hardly breath. Sounds normal for a 38 year old to me, really? I need help, but who is there to help? I have spent all of our savings trying to find out what was wrong with me. I went to the mayo clinic for 2 weeks and everything. Now I know I have ruptured implants. I have been diagnosed with an undifferentiated connective tissue disease as well. Every Dr. says I need to get the implants removed, but they are classifying it as elective surgery and want it all paid for upfront. I have NO money left. I am the mother of 3 and the wife of a police officer. I have not been able to work in over a year. What am I supposed to do? I can’t charge it because I have ruined our credit with all the medical bills. What now?

          2. admin Post author

            Hi Robin,
            Implants are classed as medical devices. If your implants ruptured that means they failed, they are a failed medical device. How can your insurance company deny removing a failed medical device? Can you get two doctors to write a letter to your insurance company saying that the ruptured implants are causing you illness and must be removed? I have seen some insurance companies cover implant removal if there is a Bakers IV capsule. Go to the Resources page of this site and contact Dr. Diana Zuckerman. She is working to have insurance cover implants and she may be able to give you more assistance. In any event, those implants have to be removed enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy so you can recover and get on with your life. Nicole

  134. Tammy

    Hi…!
    Thanks you so much for all of this valuable information… I too would love to receive the report of why a capsule removal is necessary. I have 17 year old, intra-muscular saline implants and have suffered autoimmune symptoms since 1 yr post implant surgery. The left implant leaked twice within the first 3 mo and I have since left it semi deflated. My symptoms have have come and gone over the years and completely went away when pregnant. But soon returned after my last child was about 2 yrs with minor join pain and fatigue. I never put the implants and illness together until recently … when I was diagnosed with RA and now on medical leave due to severe joint pain and fatigue and receiving weekly methotrexate treatments. I too visited a plastic surgeon who was not comfortable with removal of the capsule fearing more trauma to the area…. He has agreed to a partial and full If I request it but I get the feeling he may not encourage the coverage or make me wait longer for the surgery. If I agree to the implant removal only I can have the surgery done sooner than 2-3 months wait… b/c it is under local in his office. The capsule removal requires a booking at the local hospital OR and a longer wait. I just want them out and want to begin detoxing so I can have my life back and enjoy my 2 children vs. being in pain and tired all the time. Please help… does the capsule reabsorb into the body over time like I have read? B/c mine are saline could the capsule be okay? thank you for your response and wisdom… ~*~

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      It is very clear that women who have the entire capsule removed heal quicker and better and that is your best chance at a full recovery. In your situation, I highly recommend having all the capsule tissue removed because you will have substantial capsule tissue after 17 years with saline implants which will likely be contaminated with bacteria/fungus/silicone chemicals and because you have auto-immune symptoms. Leaving the capsules in your body will hamper your detoxification and keep stimulating your auto-immune response and illness. Look for a skilled surgeon that is willing to do a proper explant, Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy as soon as possible. They are out there. I will send you the paper as requested. Nicole

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  135. Kathleen

    Do you have names of doctors who can do explant surgery for saline implants. I live Ct. But I can also go to nyc or
    New Jersey . I have them in 18 years and one just deflated.
    I am done with implants. I feel I have been denying symptoms for years. I think I finally may have grown up. They should be out . Thank you for your help in sending referrals of good explanation surgeons

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  136. nicole Roper

    Hi there, I’ve been looking on this site and reading your stories for about a week now and just got the courage and time to post my story.

    I got implants 4.5 years ago sub muscular silicone 350cc. I was pleased with them at first then as time went on I started to become ill about 2.5 years ago. It started with immune problems, not being able to shift viruses and flu, chest infections etc. I struggle with candida overgrowth and cant shift It no matter how hard I try ( strict diets/anti fungals/supplements). I get a lot of sinus and chest problems yet the doctors cant find anything wrong. My neutrophils (white cell count) go below normal range from time to time which they monitor closely. Ive seen an immunologist, Neurologist, chest specialist, ENT doctor, Endocrinologist and they cant find anything wrong at all apart from the low white cell count which goes low then returns to normal by itself.

    So my symptoms are muscle weakness/pain, fatigue, nerve pain, pins & needles in arms/hands, candida overgrowth, shortness of breath, chest tightness, post nasal drip, sinus congestion, occasional night sweats, dizziness, brain fog, burning chest, feel cold all the time, cold hands and feet, burning shoulder blades, chemical sensitivities & allergies, pain under ribs, bad taste in mouth, ears ringing, popping, anxiety, irritable mood, that about sums it up!

    So ive had a rough couple of years and whilst trying to detox and get rid of the candida overgrowth I was researching over the last couple of weeks and came across lots of info on breast implant illness and have decided to have them removed ASAP!

    I had a consultation today with a surgeon local to me, and whilst I set off confident I wanted the en bloc procedure I am now confused as he said he is happy to remove the capsules as well as the implants if that’s what I want but he really doesn’t feel its necessary. He said my implants feel good and the capsule is very thin and my body will absorb it and get rid of it in time. He said as my implants are under the muscle the capsule often sticks to the ribs and this can be tricky to remove fully and is more risky, longer recovery, bleed more and possibly need drains etc. He has tried to put me off removing the capsules but has said he will remove them if I really want but if they are stuck to the rib he will not put me at any risk and will leave the parts which are more risky to remove. So now I am totally confused and not sure what to do. I am seeing another surgeon on Wednesday for another opinion, but I am worried about the procedure now! I am definitely getting the implants removed there is no doubt in my mind about that, just about the capsules? What is everyones experience with this??

    Thanks for taking the time to read my story! Hoping we can help each other through xxx

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicole,
      The capsules do need to come out entirely and if your surgeon is unsure that he has the skill to remove the capsules (the medical term is Total Capsulectomy) then you need to look for a more skilled surgeon. It is well known in the plastic surgery industry that a Total Capsulectomy should be done whenever a women explants for many reasons that support her health and well-being. The problem is, it takes real surgical skill to do a Total Capsulectomy when implants are under the muscle (any doctor can place implants, it takes very little skill) and obviously your surgeon does not have the skill or experience or does not want to spend the time required to do a proper explant. Where do you live? Perhaps I can recommend a good surgeon in your area. The reason the capsules must come out is they are full of silicone, fungus/bacteria and must be removed for your best recovery. At times, a very small percentage of the capsule say 5 percent may have to be left because it is stuck on the rib and the surgeon does not want to damage the rib by scraping it off. That was true in my case, a small percent, 5 per cent was left cause it was stuck to one of my ribs on the left side. Leaving more than a small percent of the capsule in you will cause problems during your recovery, healing and detoxification process and you may require additional surgery down the road to remove it. The Total Capsulectomy is not more dangerous to you if the surgeon is skilled but it does require a general anesthetic and not just a local anesthetic and yes it may require drains, not always which is not really a big deal, they come out after a few days. I am attaching a medical paper written years ago (which does not recognize implant illness) by a well-respected plastic surgery school about why Total Capsulectomy is necessary on explant. Also don’t be scared of the pain or the effects of explant on your body, it is much, much less than getting implants which was painful and took some time to heal. Explanting, while surgery, is a relief! Take your time and find the right surgeon because it is important to your health and well-being. Nicole

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      1. nicole roper

        Thank you so much Nicole, great advice and I will keep you informed of how I get on, as I said in my email I have another consultation on Wednesday with another surgeon and hoping for a better outcome.

        Thanks so much for your support and advice. I would never have known my implants were the problem had I not come across this website. xx

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  137. Courtney G

    I have saline implants and they have been for about 8 months. I have had symptoms from the first week of surgery. Extreme anxiety and depression, GERD, IBS, pain, numbness and tingling, and a creepy crawly sensation all over my body that comes and goes. The worst of it has been the anxiety and depression. I have never had any issues with this ever in my life. It got so bad that I ended up in a mental health hospital for 9 days.I have an appointment with the implanting doctor in a week. I want them out! His name is Dr. Steely and he is in Houston. Have you heard anything about him? Do I need to have the capsule removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Courtney,
      What brand of saline implants are they? No, I have not heard anything about Dr. Steely in Houston. Because you have only had your implants eight months there may not be a lot of capsule tissue but if there is any, yes, it should be removed for your best and easiest recovery. Tell Dr. Steely that any capsule tissue there must be removed too. Nicole

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  138. 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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  139. 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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  140. 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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  141. 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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  142. 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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      1. Rebecca

        Could you also send one to me as I am looking at getting my sub muscular implants removed .looking for as much info as I can lay my hands on .
        Thanks
        Rebecca

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  143. 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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  144. 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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          1. Liz

            I am in Illinois and in need of a great surgeon to remove my 27 year old silicone, under the muscle, implants. I was thinking of going to Otto Placik in Arlington Heights, IL. Have you heard anything about him? Or can you recommend someone else in the Chicago area? Thank you!

          2. Dove1960

            Nicole,

            Like Lisa, I live in Illinois, outside of Chicago. My story is much the same as hers. Is there another surgeon you could recommend? My implants have been in for 27 years, silicone under the muscle as well. I want them out. I think they are responsible for my thinning hair, adrenal weakness and thyroid problems. I am so upset no doctor suggest they could be the problem!!! Thank you so much.

  145. 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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  146. 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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  147. 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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  148. 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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  149. 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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  150. 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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  151. 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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  152. 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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  153. 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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  154. 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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  155. 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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  156. 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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  157. 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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  158. 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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  159. 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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  160. 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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  161. 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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  162. 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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  163. 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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    1. Liz

      Shyla,
      I live in IL as well. Did you find a great surgeon to perform your explant? If so, will you please tell me who it was and if you are happy with the work he or she performed. I’ve had my implants for 27 years and want them out badly.

      Thank you so much!

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  164. 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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  165. 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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  166. 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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  167. 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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        1. Teddi

          I had my mentor high profile gel implants put in 6/26/12 under the muscle, approx 2 years later I began to have tingling in my fingers which eventually started in feet, my feet and hands would swell upon waking up. Then the joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, muscle weakness, vaginal dryness. The tingling did finally go away and the swelling I only get on occasion, all other symptoms stayed. In 2015 my hair began to fall out, memory loss effecting my job (quit work) bladder spasms, UTI’s. 2016 pain in R nipple, pain and burning in both breasts, heavy feeling in chest making it hard to breath, overgrowth of yeast, headaches ringing in ears and extreme dry eyes can no longer wear my contacts. I feel like I am falling apart! I am 33 was 29 when I had them put in. I lay in bed at night and cry myself to sleep with pain (I don’t like taking pain meds unless it gets really bad) I wake up with my chest on fire feeling so trapped in my own body! I am so tired of feeling like the doctors don’t believe me or find every other reason even though I have had 2 scans of my brain, numerous blood tests, nerve test, bladder ultrasound, psych evaluations even!! My husband is military and the base plastic surgeon will remove for free but says she will leave the part of capsule attached to my ribs. I have an appointment with the other surgeon in august to see if he will be willing to remove with capsule. We can’t afford to pay and they will do for free. I am so discouraged and afraid he will say no because I am desperate to have these out!!! I am getting to the point where I feel like giving up and just having them removed even without capsule if he says no. Is having them removed with just part of the capsule better than not removing at all?

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          1. admin Post author

            Hi Teddi,
            Please choose a surgeon that is dedicated to removing the capsule tissue. The capsule is full of particles and chemicals of silicone and can harbor bacteria and fungus. Leftover capsule tissue can continue to stimulate all of your symptoms and cause you pain and inflammation in the chest and even grow further. Several ladies that did not have proper explants have had to have second surgeries, a chest wall clean out, in order to get well. Let’s communicate through email and I will send you all the information you need to educate the base surgeon about the necessity to remove all the capsule tissue. It just takes him a bit more time to do the right job of removing for you. Let’s pressure him to do the right thing. Nicole.