Final PIP implant verdict: Substandard but not toxic
20 June 2012 15:34 in Medical Government/ NHS related news
The government has published its final report into the performance of the heavily-criticised PIP breast implants, finding that the products are substandard but non-toxic.
Following an extensive global evidence review, an expert group led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has found that the implants do not contain any carcinogenic materials or anything that will pose a long-term health risk.
However, they do possess inferior mechanical strength that renders them twice as likely to rupture as other implants, which can cause local reactions among some patients.
Women with PIP implants have therefore been advised to speak to a surgeon about their options, with the NHS pledging to support any patients who choose to have their implants removed.
Professor Keogh said: "This has been an incredibly worrying time for women. We have been determined to look thoroughly at all available evidence so we are able to give them the best clinical advice possible."
The controversy surrounding PIP implants arose following the discovery that they utilise non-medical grade silicone, leading to a significantly increased rupture risk.
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