While countless women enjoy breast implants without any complications, some suffer from breast implant illness (BII) at some point after breast augmentation. The symptoms can start shortly after surgery or many years later. BII is not a disease, as such, but a range of symptoms that some women experience after breast augmentation.
Breast implants and BIA-ALCL
Allergan, a major manufacturer of breast implants, recently performed a whole-scale recall of several of their breast-implant products. BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is a condition generated by the body’s negative response to textured shell implants. BIA-ALCL can typically be successfully treated by removing the textured implants and scar tissue that has developed around them. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer, as such, but a treatable form of lymphoma, a disease of the immune system.
Of the 573 total worldwide cases of BIA-ALCL reported, 481 involved Allergan textured surface breast implants. If you have these implants and experienced any of the following symptoms, you need to see Dr. Repta immediately to get evaluated:
- Swelling in the neck, armpit, or groin
- FeverLoss of appetite
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
Dr. Repta can help you with BII and works closely with other medical practitioners to ensure that you get the treatment you need. The symptoms may or may not be related to breast implants. You deserve to know.