Well, for goodness sake!!!! When the choice was given to me during reconstruction decision time all the facts were given to me. Never once did I read where there was any type of guarantee about life of an implant.
There has never been any proof that silicone leakage caused all the immune deficiency diseases that women thought they caused. Saline and silicone implants can break at any time. Most last for many years, and because of studies being done the manufacturing of implants, especially silicone, has been better and quality standards have been raised.
Right now I have a silicone implant and I am enrolled in a study through Mentor. That is the only way someone can have silicone, through breast reconstruction and study committment. I feel confident that I made a good choice and I will constantly be monitored for several years because of the implant. My p/s is confident of the implants, the manufacturer and feels that silicone was the best decision in my type of reconstruction.
Too bad the FDA hasn't demanded the long time studies be done for all the drugs and medical treatments they approved and now have to demand be taken from the market. Many more people have been hurt and have suffered because of these less studied treatments.
OK, I am off my soapbox now. I just want to say to all of you that are considering reconstruction to listen to your doctor and make informed choices.
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