Recomendation to remove PIP breast implants
After the scandal surrounding breast implants from the company PIP, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Medical Products Agency are recommending that clinics contact their clients to arrange for the removal of the implants.
Vendela Schnittger of the Medical Products Agency says one of the two types of silicon used by PIP can irritate tissue, and the long-term effects are unknown.
Since the women who have received the implants are young and can expect to have them for a long time, the agencies are recommending their removal as a preventative measure, even if there is no immediate risk.
Around 4000 women in Sweden have received the PIP implants. The question now is who will pay for their removal. Since cosmetic surgery is not considered healthcare, the implantation operations were paid for privately, and Vendela Schnittger of the Medical Products Agency says new operations should be the same.
But around 20 women have demanded that the clinics involved cover the costs. One of them, Sara Mogahdasi, tells Swedish Radio News:
“As a consumer I paid for both a service and a product from a commercial company. The product has had a significant fault, so therefore it is like any other product complaint.”