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BCNA News 25 Jul 2019

Allergan recalls textured breast implants

UPDATE July 26 2019: We are aware of the many questions women with breast implants have following the announcement of a recommended ban by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. In the above video, CEO Kirsten Pilatti today sat down with Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier, President of BreastSurgANZ, to get some answers. We are closely monitoring this situation and will update here and on our website as soon as any developments occur. All women with textured breast implants are advised to consult their surgeon.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is advising our members that Allergan has today issued a worldwide recall for its textured tissue expanders and breast implants.

This means that these expanders and implants will no longer be able to be used in breast reconstruction, or breast augmentation, surgery anywhere in the world.

Allergan’s decision follows an announcement by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) that it is proposing to ban textured expanders and implants due to an apparent association between their use and Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

The risk of breast implant-associated lymphoma is rare. Health experts are not recommending removal of breast implants where there are no problems with the implant.

What should women do?

BCNA advises women who have textured breast implants to talk to their breast surgeon or plastic surgeon about the implications for them.

Members who notice any sudden changes around their implant, such as new swelling or a lump, should notify their doctor.

The ban will not affect smooth breast implants.

Women who have concerns or are unsure if they have textured or smooth implants should contact their surgeon or the hospital where the surgery was performed.

BCNA has been closely monitoring this issue and has provided a submission to the TGA.

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