The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 290,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the United States in 2016 – keeping in-line with rising trends in breast implant placement over the past ten years. Touted as a safe medical device, breast implants have been used to increase bust size for over half a century, but new evidence suggests the safety of breast implants may not be as firmly established as many women have been led to believe.
Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare but deadly T-cell lymphoma that is linked, exclusively, to breast implants. Different from breast cancer, BIA-ALCL is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer that starts in the lymph nodes – and, in the case of BIA-ALCL, may result in significant pain and/or swelling, lumps, and asymmetry in the breasts following implant placement. Risks for BIA-ALCL is consistent with both saline and silicone breast implants, suggesting it is not the filling, but the device itself causing the issue.
If you or someone you love has developed BIA-ALCL in Redondo Beach, South Bay, or surrounding areas, please call our defective medical device lawyers at 310-536-1000 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.
What Should I do if I Have Breast Implants?
At this time, the FDA is recommending women with breast implants who are not experiencing symptoms continue to undergo yearly examinations to detect BIA-ALCL along with breast cancer. For women with implants placed above chest muscles, this may require an x-ray or other diagnostic technology. If you have breast implants, be sure to work with a physician who knows how to detect cancer in women who have had augmentations performed.
Dangerous medical devices come in all forms and place untold numbers of patients at risk for serious and life-threatening side-effects every year. If you or someone you love has developed an illness or disease, or suffered any other consequence from a defective medical device, our Los Angeles County product liability lawyers can help. We have the resources and experience needed to win these cases and the tenacity required to secure the largest settlements possible.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact Kirtland & Packard, LLP today. We serve victims of defective medical devices inCalifornia from our office in Redondo Beach.