Breast augmentation update
The TGA and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons have released a statement regarding the safety of breast implants.
The concern is regarding the incidence of a form of lymphoma (ALCL), which has occurred in 300 cases worldwide, 46 of those cases were reported in Australia.
What is ALCL?
ALCL is related to bacterial biofilm contamination of implants that occurs during implant insertion. Of the 46 cases reported in Australia, most cases were cured by removal of the implant and the capsule surrounding the implant.
How can ALCL be prevented?
Dr Ho uses a standard technique to prevent the formation of biofilm. For any of Dr Ho’s patients who have undergone breast augmentation or reconstruction surgery, they can be assured their surgery was performed in accordance with the protocols to minimise the risk of biofilm and ALCL.
Here are the facts:
- ALCL is very rare and not related to breast cancer.
- It is generally observed in women 3-14 years after their surgery and presents as a swelling of the breast or as a hard lump.
- It is highly treatable with most cases cured by removal of the implant and the capsule surrounding the implant.
- To prevent bacterial contamination on the surface of the implant during insertion against ALCL, Dr Ho uses a standard technique and follows the recommended 14 point plan to prevent ALCL.
What do I do if I have any concerns?
If you have any concerns about your breast implants please seek medical advice from your GP or if your surgery was performed by Dr Ho you can book an appointment to discuss this.
Implant removal is not recommended as a preventative measure. Patients are advised to monitor their breasts and consult their surgeon if they have any concerns.
Where can I find more information?
Dr Ho is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and supports the use of a 14 point safety plan, developed by Australian Plastic Surgeons. This 14 point safety plan outlines strategies to minimise bacterial contamination at the time of implant insertion.
More information is available via the following websites: