The information has come out over the last few years that links textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan to cancer. In many cases, the women who get these implants have done so after having major reconstructive surgery due to breast cancer treatment. Now, they are faced with the prospect of having potentially cancer-causing implants. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning team wants to discuss what doctors are recommending when it comes to getting these implants removed versus leaving them in.
The medical treatment recommendations for Allergan breast implants
When there are defective medical devices that make it into a person’s body, the natural reaction will likely be to get the device removed. This could be the case for an internal defibrillator, artificial hips, bone screws, and more.
However, breast implants are the eighth most common type of implant that people get in the United States. Patients get breast implants for various reasons, usually for cosmetic purposes or after breast cancer surgery.
Unfortunately, those who have Biocell textured breast implants made by Allergan face an increased risk of developing breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). While these implants have been recalled and are no longer being used for patients, what happens to the women who already have them implanted?
Right now, doctors are not recommending that women with Allergan textured breast implants have them removed unless they are showing signs of developing cancer. The FDA says that the risks associated with removing these implants are simply too great to justify the surgery if there is no cancer. However, if a woman has developed BIA-ALCL, then surgery is recommended. In general, this cancer can be treated by removing the implants. In some cases, a person with BIA-ALCL may need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment in order to make a full recovery.
Anyone who has Allergan textured breast implants and develops the following symptoms should speak to their doctor immediately, as these could be signs of BIA-ALCL or other serious problem:
- Breast pain
- Rash on breast skin
- Mass or lump around the implant
- Excess fluid accumulation around the implant (seroma)
We are ready to help you through this
If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer that you think was caused by Allergan textured breast implants, speak to an attorney today. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we are here to help. Even if you have not been diagnosed with cancer but have these implants, we know you have concerns. Our team will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the implants or cancer
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Recovery of income lost if you cannot work
- Possible punitive damages against Allergan
When you need an award-winning team to help with your Allergan breast implant case in Florida or throughout the US, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7443.