30 000 women with breast implants PIP defective brand will have their medical and surgical expenses paid by health insurance.
Health insurance will cover ultrasounds, analysis, desimplantation breast implants PIP (poly implant prosthesis) and the examinations following the operative period, all women, including those made for purely aesthetic. That’s the good news announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, on RTL by Roselyne Bachelot, the Health Minister, to some 30,000 women in France have received these implants and who worry about what may happen to them. The association of human carriers of prosthetic PIP (PPP), heard Tuesday 28 to the Department of Health wants more: she wants the immediate withdrawal and repayment of all PIP implants. “Security is to remove them. The only problem now is a financial problem, “said Dr. Dominique Courtois, expert from the association. The cost of surgery can reach several thousand.
An ultrasound every 6 months
Last March, the Agency of Health Products ( AFSSAPS ), alerted about the fragility of these abnormal breast implants silicone gel, began by suspending their use before recommending their removal in case of possible rupture of the . Tuesday, September 28, “the alert level of the agency has escalated, analyzes have confirmed the low resistance of the prosthesis and the harmfulness of the gel inside,” said Le Figaro of September 29. As recommended by the Agency, the 30 000 women with breast implants these gel-based silicone PIP should consult their surgeon and a clinical benefit and an ultrasound every six months, due to a risk of rupture. These silicone gel implants were performed for 80% of women as part of a cosmetic surgery , and 20% after a surgery like breast cancer.
3000 women at risk
The stress tests have confirmed the fragility of the envelope filled with gel implants PIP. It would break in 10% of cases (against 1% for a product line), and on average five years after installation, usually against ten years. Therefore, on 30 000 women located in France, 3,000 of them are exposed. Cases of adenomegaly (enlargement of lymph accumulation by silicone) without rupture of the prosthesis were also noted in some women. What symptoms should I look? Changing the shape and consistency of breast pain, redness, enlargement of a lymph node under his arm, be indicative of implant rupture or leakage of gel.
“It’s an unconventional affair because of the number of victims and the extraordinary large-scale fraud perpetuated for years by PIP”, has yet told Agence France-Presse Dr. Courtois on behalf of the Association human carriers of PIP prostheses. The Health Products Agency had received the confidences of employees and located in the Var IPP plant, shafts of silicone gels for industrial use but which was used for the manufacture of prostheses.
In Britain and Spain also
Between June and September 2011, the Health Products Agency had therefore perform analyzes on the implants taken at the factory. “The first observation explains prostheses do not all have the same resistance level. In addition, physicochemical analyzes confirmed that the gels filling breast implants PIP society are not those described in the dossier of the manufacturer. “It would freeze, according to experts, an irritant that can not be found not on silicone gels of other prostheses, nor one declared in the case of placing on the market.
The company PIP, which employed 116 people, provided with implants mammaires16 of 18 cancer centers in France. According to the Parisien , a judge specializing in the field of public health should be appointed in the coming weeks, and about 500 women have filed complaints. “The case goes far beyond the French borders, since 80 to 90% of the production of PIP were exported,” says the AFP . Indeed, 15 000 and 20 000 women would be, for example, involved in Britain, 10,000 in Spain. Today the company PIP no longer exists, but it was bought by an American company that is awaiting court decisions before deciding whether to not it will resume this activity.