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?Venezuela’s top Health Minister has announced that the Central American nation will act to offer free surgeries to help the women there to remove faulty French-made breast implants. Minister Eugenia Sader said Venezuelan women with implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese may go to any hospital that performs plastic surgery to have their implants removed and the costs will be born exclusively by the government. The French implant manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese is now out of business.
It is estimated that from 35,000 to 40,000 women in Venezuela undergo breast enlargement surgery each year, according to data from the Venezuelan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The new free removal procedure will only be to remove the faulty French implants and does not include replacing them with different implants.
The plastic surgery society recommended last week that women with Poly Implant Prothese breast implants should consult a doctor to have their implants checked to see if they need to be removed. Venezuelan physicians have been removing dozens of ruptured Poly Implant Prothese implants each year. In many cases there was no discomfort even though the implants were already leaking. In other cases, patients experienced localized discomfort and swelling. The Poly Implant Prothese implants were once one of the most widely used brands in Venezuela, but in April of 2010 all sales were halted due to the frequent reports of implant failures in that nation.
Health officials are saying that the situation means women with Poly Implant Prothese implants are living with an increased risk of implant failure, but that they do not need to seek emergency care immediately and can instead simply visit their physicians at their earliest convenience. Back in France, that nation’s health care system has recommended that all women with the Poly Implant Prothese implants should get them replaced, and the government there has agreed to pay for the surgeries needed as a result. However in Brazil and Argentina there are plenty of women with the faulty French implants too, and health officials in those nations have only recommend checkups so far. If you have breast implants of any type and feel they might be leaking or compromised in any way, you should consult with your physician immediately.

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