Hundreds of thousands of people in California and across the country have had breast implant surgery, whether purely for cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive purposes following a mastectomy. It is normal to expect greater satisfaction with one’s appearance after getting breast implants. However, most patients do not expect their implants to make them sick or threaten their lives. Unfortunately, some patients have reported adverse symptoms after getting implants, and some types of implants are suspected to cause a rare type of cancer.
According to Healthline, recent studies have linked breast implants with various autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, scleroderma and Sjögren’s syndrome. Additional adverse reactions to implants that patients have reported include infection, breast pain, sensory changes, scarring, rupture and leakage.
Perhaps even more concerning is the possibility of developing a type of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Recently, Allergan, the manufacturer of a type of textured breast implant commonly associated with BIA-ALCL, recalled the specific implant linked to the disease. NPR reports that 33 patients worldwide have died after contracting BIA-ALCL, and 573 were diagnosed with the cancer.
Fortunately, the medical community claims that BIA-ALCL is very rare, although the risk is still present. Other adverse effects of breast implants are more common. Patients should be aware of their risks before surgery. If a doctor negligently fails to inform patients of the potential problems of an implant or other procedures, or causes harm during the surgery or while patients are recovering, patients may have the right to compensation.