The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons would support decisions taken by the Therapeutic Goods Administration which is deliberating whether to restrict or ban the use of some textured implants in Australia linked to a rare blood lymphoma.
The safety of breast implants is an issue of concern for women and the safety of our patients remains our number one priority.
However, we remind women with implants that this is a rare condition that is very curable if detected early.
Women with implants should have annual checks of their breasts and be vigilant about monitoring their breasts for signs of any changes including redness, swelling or change in shape and see their doctor if developments occur.
Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons are offering breast implant checks to patients with concerns for no out of pocket fee. To find surgeons offering this service click here.
View the TGA statement here.
Assess implants for no out-of-pocket expense consultation - 30 August 2017
Women who are concerned about their breast implants following reports of a study linking infection caused by implants to a rare cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), should discuss their concerns with their doctor.
ASPS is developing a national register of member surgeons who are willing to see concerned women with symptoms and assess their implants for no out-of-pocket expense consultation. The patients first option should be to see the surgeon who put the implants in but if they can’t or don’t want to, then members on the register will see the patient for an assessment with a referral from their GP.
This initial consultation is an opportunity to discuss concerns. If the patient chooses to undertake further investigation or commit to a procedure, subsequent costs may be incurred.
The register can be accessed here.
FAQ’s – 28 August 2017
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently provided updated information regarding breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
The TGA has been posting updated information about this condition since 2011 and this updated alert was been generated following a recent expert advisory panel in view of additional generated from research performed by a joint BIA-ALCL task force with representatives from the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons the Australian Breast Device Registry and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Information Sheet – 28th August 2017
Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)