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 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 approximately a year or two 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 EXPERIENCED AT TOTAL CAPSULECTOMY AND EN-BLOC STYLE EXPLANTS

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 tissue capsule and the implant together, intact, as one unit, without disrupting either capsule or implant to avoid further contamination of the body tissues.  If you are symptomatic it should be obvious to you and your doctor that the tissue capsule around your implant is contaminated and 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, cohesive gel 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 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 more skilled surgeon with experience and it takes extra time and requires a general anesthetic which carries more risk than a local anesthetic.  Your placing plastic surgeon will 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.  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 should be able to avoid further disfigurement than the disfigurement already caused by implantation.

If your plastic surgeon does not acknowledge breast implant illness, silicone toxicity, argues against 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 me.

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.

ENSURE THAT YOUR IMPLANTS ARE RETURNED TO YOU IMMEDIATELY AFTER REMOVAL -You paid for your implants and they belong to you and should be returned to you directly after explant.  Don’t let your plastic surgeon keep them, dispose of them or tell you they have to go for testing.  In Canada, some of the capsule tissue does have to go to pathology for testing for cancer.  You will want to inspect your breast implants yourself after removal.  Mine smelled strongly of chemicals similar to wet silicone caulk.  You may want to send your implants to Dr. Pierre Blais of Innoval Consulting, under RESOURCESfor analysis to understand exactly what toxins contaminated you or why your breast implants failed.  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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141 thoughts on “EXPLANT

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Lisa Smith

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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

  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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.

  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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