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UK: No evidence for routine removal of breast implants

There are fears over the safety of implants made by French company PIP. The British government says there’s no evidence to say implants should be removed – but will pay for removal for anyone who wants it.

A plastic surgeon hold silicone gel breast implants made by French company PIP, which may be unsafe.
A plastic surgeon hold silicone gel breast implants made by French company PIP, which may be unsafe.
Image: AP Photo/Michel Euler

BRITAIN’S MINISTRY FOR Health has said a review has found no evidence to recommend the routine removal of PIP breast implants for the estimated 40,000 women in the U.K. who have them.

However the government said today if the implant surgery was carried out by the country’s National Health Service, such as for breast cancer patients, it would pay for their removal if patients were concerned.

Britain’s government also said it expected private clinics to offer the same deal to women who paid for cosmetic breast implant surgery and are worried about the implants made by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP.

The situation is different in the Czech Republic, where the Health Ministry is recommending that some 2,000 Czech women who have potentially faulty French-made breast implants have them removed.

Spokesman Vlastimil Srsen said today the ministry reached its decision after consultations with experts.

He said the women with implants made by PIP should consult their doctors.

The PIP implants were pulled from the market last year in several countries in and beyond Europe due to fears they could rupture and leak silicone into the body.

France has said it will pay for some 30,000 French women to have their implants removed, after more than 1,000 ruptures.

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