Explant Surgeons

Please find a surgeon who is committed and dedicated to the full removal of the capsules (scar tissue). This is done through either an En Bloc or Total Capsulectomy procedure. All implants should be removed in this manner to achieve the best outcome in recovery.

Go into explant consults prepared. Interview doctors to ensure you are getting what you need, see Questions to Ask Explant Surgeons List:

  • Full capsule removal (en bloc or total capsulectomy)
  • Pictures of implants and capsules
  • Pathology
  • Implants returned back to you

Other questions include: drains, CD30 BIA-ALCL testing of seromas and capsules for patients who have BIA-ALCL symptoms, and more. Some surgeons loosely interchange the terms en bloc, total capsulectomy, and capsulectomy, it is good to be educated on the difference between these procedures before going into the consult. Ask the surgeon to give you a step by step description of the procedure and make sure you are both on the same page with the terms of the explant.

As a benefit to you, this is an independent list that combines reviews from a variety of sources: multiple Facebook breast implant illness (BII) groups (large and small), Instagram, and other explant sites. Therefore many reviews and comments are regularly taken into consideration from a variety of sources and perspectives to provide a thorough review. Surgeons are vetted. They were added because one or more women used them, the surgeons did a proper explant, and the women were pleased with their results.

Scroll down to the bottom for an international list that includes Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, UK, and more. This list can be used as a reference but always do your own due diligence in research to ensure a proper explant with full capsule removal – ask questions, look at first hand patient reviews, talk to other women who have used these surgeons, ask to see implant and capsule pictures, look at breast before and after photos. and follow your overall experience when you consult. This website receives no money from any of the surgeons on this list.

Questions and feedback are welcomed, including adding or removing your surgeon. If en bloc is done please email a picture at [email protected] so it can be verified and then en bloc can be included by your surgeon’s name. This list is regularly updated.

Plastic Surgeon Explant List: 

Expert Explant Surgeons: 

These surgeons do explants on a regular weekly basis, have done over 1000+ explants, have years of explant experience, most have microsurgery training, all are very comfortable with the en bloc procedure and are more likely to recognize breast implant illness as they have seen many cases. Special thanks to Dr. Chun, Dr. Feng, and Dr. Barnett for their FDA Testimonies.

***Dr. Jae Chun – Newport Beach, CA

***Dr. Lu-Jean Feng – Cleveland, OH

***Dr. David Rankin – Jupiter, FL

***Dr. Marguerite Barnett – Sarasota, FL

***Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix – Henrico, VA

Well-Recommended Explant Surgeons: 

US:

Dr. Brian Buinewicz (Doylestown, PA or Flemington, NJ), Dr. Eric Wright (Little Rock, AR), Dr. Surjit Rai (Dallas, TX), Dr. George Chatson (North Andover, MA), Dr. Jon Bradley Strawn (Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Linda Huang (Denver, CO), and Dr. Bahair Ghazi (Atlanta, GA)

Europe:

Dr. Guy Sterne, (Worcester, UK), Dr. David Floyd (London, UK), Dr. Bianca Baican (Frankfurt, Germany), Dr. Antonio Tejerina Bernal (Madrid, Spain)

Special recognition to surgeons who explant and do not implant: 

Dr. Jae Chun (Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Lu-Jean Feng (Cleveland, OH), Dr. David Rankin (Jupiter, FL), Dr. Fredric Barr (West Palm Beach FL), Dr. Shaher Khan (Novi, MI), Dr. Amy DeRosa (West Bloomfield, MI)

Surgeons who excel at medically complicated revision capsulectomy, popularly known in the BII community as second capsule removal surgery: 

Dr. Jae Chun (Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Lu-Feng (Cleveland, Ohio), and Dr. David Rankin (Jupiter, FL)

– United States –

Alabama:

Dr. Justin Martin – Dothan, AL ($4,800)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Christopher Schaffer – Birmingham, AL ($5,500)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Alaska:

No recommendations at this time for proper explant surgeons in Alaska.

Arizona:

Well-recommended surgeons by explant patients are Dr. Parson, Dr. Maxwell, and Dr. Rowley.

*Dr. Shaun Parson – Scottsdale, AZ ($9,800 explant)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Does a lot of reconstruction and breast cancer surgeries.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the Arizona FB group and other FB support groups.

Dr. Gwen Maxwell – Tucson, AZ ($6,100 explant)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Also does fat transfer.
  • She had implants in herself and later had them removed.
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with her in the Arizona FB group and other FB support groups.

Dr. Alvaro Testa – Mesa and Gilbert, AZ ($6,100-$6,500 explant, $7,200-$9,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance. Does not do drains unless the patient requests them.

Dr. Robert J. Spies – Paradise Valley, AZ ($7,200 explant)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. John Rowley – Phoenix, AZ ($6,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and files with insurance.

Dr. Sumer Daiza – Phoenix, AZ ($8,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Richard Brown – Scottsdale, AZ ($10,800 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.

Insurance:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) covers explants as of February 2019. Here is the specific content that was changed:

“Removal of a breast implant for any non-cosmetic, medical complication or consequence, whether immediate or delayed, that arises from a prior cosmetic breast implant is considered medically necessary and eligible for coverage.”

Arizona Breast Implant Illness Support Group

Arkansas:

*Dr. Eric Wright – Little Rock, AR ($4,300-$5,100)

  • Listens to BII and tracks symptoms post-explant.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery
  • Wright FB Support Group
  • Dr. Wright is interviewed by THV11 News, ‘Little Rock Plastic Surgeon sees increased number of women with breast implant illness mystery‘ (February 2019). He says he is seeing a record number of women ask for explants and performs at least seven explants a week. He explains, “It’s the only procedure that every single lady so far says that they are glad they had their implants removed.” Dr. Wright says these symptoms are related to their implants, “[t]hings like chronic fatigue, chronic pain, neurological symptoms, autoimmune disorders.” The reporter says, “in taking them out is the only way to get rid of pain.” From the news article: “Lauri Denison had her implants taken out by Dr. Wright a year ago. She is one of many patients who swears by the surgery. ‘I no longer take thyroid medicine. I haven’t had a rash since I had implants taken out, I’m able to exercise now,’ Denison said.”

Related Articles by THV11 News:

Arkansas Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

California:

Southern California:

***Dr. Jae Chun – Newport Beach, CA ($9,500 explant)

“We see it both with saline implants, silicone implants, I see it equally with ruptured implants and not ruptured implants. So the common denominator is the presence of silicone … I would say about 80 percent of my patients feel significantly better.”

*Dr. Jon Bradley Strawn – Newport Beach, CA ($5,400)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Specializes in reconstructive breast surgery.
  • Also does fat transfer.
  • There have been many patients who have explanted with him in the various support groups.
  • Dr. Strawn’s Breast Explant & Fat Transfer Patient Support Group

*Dr. Roee E. Rubinstein – Thousand Oaks, CA ($8,900 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII. He is very interested in BII and takes notes on patients who have symptoms. During the consult there is a questionnaire with a list of BII symptoms.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and can try to file with insurance. To have implants returned, make arrangements with the pathology lab to which they are sent after he explants them and discuss this with him prior to surgery.
  • Insurance: Patients with United Healthcare and Cigna have reported they were able to get explant coverage with him.
  • Microsurgery
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various support groups.
  • Dr. Rubinstein Breast Explant Patient Support Group

Dr. Elliot Hirsch – Sherman Oaks, CA ($6,900 explant)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and files with insurance.
  • Microsurgery
  • He is interested in conducting a clinical study on explant patients.
  • Hirsch Breast Implant Removal, BII Page, and YouTube (en bloc, graphic)

Dr. Douglas J. MacKenzie – Santa Barbara, CA ($8,500 explant, $11,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Tim Sayed – Newport Beach and San Diego, CA ($8,500-$10,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.

Dr. Munish Batra – San Diego, CA

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.
  • Offices in Del Mar and Murrieta

Northern California:

*Dr. Tancredi D’Amore – Corte Madera, CA ($10,500)

  • Listens to BII. Statement from Dr. D’Amore: “I definitely listen to BII, am fully committed to remove the entire capsule and I have seen an improvement in symptoms in virtually every patient we did surgery on.” He has had a significant increase in explants and is collecting data for a study which will be completed in the near future.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Also does fat transfer.
  • Microsurgery
  • D’Amore En Bloc Breast Implant Removal and Reviews

*Dr. Brian M. Parrett – San Francisco, Novato, and in Greenbrae, CA ($5,250)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and files with insurance.
  • Patient with CA BCBS PPO had explant covered, doctor submitted notes of exam to insurance and discussed chest and breast pain.
  • He is familiar with BIA-ALCL, has had a patient whose capsules were diagnosed with it.
  • Microsurgery.

Dr. Robert Green – Eureka, CA

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • A woman had her surgery covered in full by MediCal with him, her cost was zero.

Insurance:

Southern California Explant FB Support Group

Northern California Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Central California Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

California Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Colorado:

***Dr. Linda C. Huang – Denver, CO ($5,860-$6,300 explant, $13,500 explant and fat transfer)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • She recognizes that women are getting better after explants. She said she has done as many if not more explants as implants this year. There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with her in the various support groups.
  • Dr. Huang is interviewed in, “Colorado women say breast implants causing illnesses,” (KOAA News 5, June 2019)

For Denver surgeon, Dr. Linda Huang, removing implants is something she’s been doing for concerned women since the ’90s.

“I had a lot of pushback in the ’90s from my male counterparts, saying “oh my gosh I’m just fueling the fire and making women anxious about implants, but women were coming to me with real problems and just saying, I’m done,” Huang said, “I feel like for women, it was their choice to have them in the first place and absolutely it’s their choice to have them removed.”

Huang added she’s performed thousands of explant surgeries … [S]he says many of her patients do feel better over time after having them removed.

“I actually believe in it, so when I’m removing it, I try really really hard to be careful about taking everything out, rinsing it very carefully.”

*Dr. Jeffrey T. Swail – Longmont, CO ($8,000)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Royal K. Gerow – Denver, CO

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Plastic surgeon for Kaiser
  • Some pateints have had experience with Kaiser covering the explant.

Dr. Glenn Herrmann – Lafayette, CO ($7,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules. Does not return implants.

Colorado Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Connecticut:

*Dr. Michael Alperovich – New Haven, CT ($8,000)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and files with insurance. He listens to patients and their requests, tries hard to get insurance to cover.
  • Doctor at Yale Medicine

Dr. David Passaretti – Darien, CT

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. John C. Lee – Waterford, CT ($6,000-$7,000)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance. A patient reported that in surgery he does not rush, he takes his time and makes sure to get all the capsule out.
  • He is doing more explants and is recognizing how women’s symptoms improve.

Connecticut Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Florida:

***Dr. David Rankin – Jupiter, FL ($6,500 explant, $8,800 explant and lift)

*Dr. Dev Vibhakar – Jupiter, FL

  • Knowledgable about BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery – he completed a microsurgery cancer reconstruction mission trip in Nepal in 2014.
  • Works in the same office with Dr. Rankin.
  • Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev FB Support Group
  • Aqua Plastic Surgery Explant

***Dr. Marguerite Barnett – Sarasota, FL ($7,200 explant, $9,300 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII, committed to full capsule removal, and does fat transfers. Has been studying breast implant illness for over 30 years.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Specializes in explants – has been doing explants for the past 20+ years on over 3,000+ patients.
  • There have been hundreds of happy ladies who have explanted with her in the various support groups.
  • If you have a complication, a dent, or need scar revision she will fix it in her office free of her charge, but you would need to cover the surgery center fee. Additionally, she provides an insurance called CosmetAssure (free of charge to her patients), which covers any complications within 45 days of surgery.
  • Microsurgery
  • Dr. Barnett FDA Testimony (2019)
  • Dr. Barnett FB Support Group

Dr. Mark Pinsky – Palm Beach Gardens, FL

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules. He is familiar with BIA-ALCL, has had a patient whose capsules were diagnosed with it.
  • Also does fat transfers.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him.

Dr. David D. Rosenstein – Boynton Beach, FL ($6,000 explant, $7,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Joshua Lampert – Miami, FL ($8,500 explant, $10,850 explant and lift, $7,500 fat transfer)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Also does fat transfer, but in a separate surgery from explant.
  • Lampert Breast Implant Removal

Dr. Charles Messa, III – Weston, FL ($8,100-$9,000 explant and lift)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Also does fat transfer.

*Dr. Marc Robert Polecritti – Spring Hill (45 min north of Tampa), FL ($5,630)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Polecritti BII

*Dr. Fredric Barr – West Palm Beach, FL ($4,500)

Dr. Dallas Buchanan – Tampa, FL

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Navinderdeep S. Nijher – Ocala, FL ($4,700)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Jason Rosenberg – Gainesville, FL ($4,300)

  • He is curious and respectful towards BII.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Reconstructive Microsurgeon specializing in breast cancer reconstruction.

Dr. Michel Samson – Port Orange, FL

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. William Burden – Destin, FL ($6,144 explant and lift)

Dr. Ankit Desai – Jacksonville, FL ($6,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Jeffrey Rawlings – Tallahassee, FL

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Florida Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Georgia:

Well-recommended surgeons by explant patients are Dr. Ghazi and Dr. Rudderman.

Dr. Bahair Ghazi – Atlanta, GA ($6,000 explant, $8,200 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and accepts insurance. Does not return implants.
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various support groups.

*Dr. Randy Rudderman – Alpharetta, GA ($7,000 explant, $9,500 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance. Does not return implants.
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various support groups.

*Dr. Marisa Lawrence – Atlanta, GA ($6,500 explant, $8,600 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII. She provides pre and post-operation BII questionnaires for research purposes to collect BII data.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: for a patient she submitted to insurance and participated in two pre-op appeals; after explant, pathology revealed a capsular infection, and she is submitting that as ‘medically necessary’ in a post-op appeal.
  • Podcast with Dr. Lawrence: Understanding Breast Implant Illness and Instagram post.
  • Testified to the FDA (March 2019) and presented data on her BII study follow-up.
  • Dr. Lawrence and a patient are interviewed in ‘Woman says breast implant caused mysterious illness‘ (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, March 2019).

Lauren Caccavone got a single breast implant after doctors told her it would help correct a chest wall defect. Just one month after her surgery, Caccavone started getting severe neck and chest pain. Soon, the third-grade teacher was suffering from Epstein-Barr virus and chronic fatigue.

After explant, she said most of her symptoms disappeared within days of her surgery.

“Silicone, saline, textured surface, smooth surface, both major manufacturers. They’re all implicated,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said her research was significant because it was not backed by manufacturers. “I think it makes the study more legitimate,” she said. “There shouldn’t be any bias.”

Dr. Paul McCluskey – Atlanta, GA ($2,800)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.

Dr. Eric Odessy – Atlanta, GA

  • Upon request accepts insurance. A lady with Kaiser was fully covered.

Dr. Carmen Kavali – Atlanta, GA

Georgia Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group 

Hawaii:

Dr. Leonard Yu – Kahului, Maui, HI ($7,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Idaho:

Dr. Linsey Etherington – Boise, Idaho ($6,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. Mark E. Freeman – Idaho Falls, ID and Wilson, WY ($6,000)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: returns implants.

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Illinois:

Dr. Landon Pryor – Rockford, IL ($6,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • He prioritizes BII patients in scheduling to get them in sooner. Performs around 5 explants per week.
  • Microsurgery
  • Dr. Turkia Abbed also practices with Dr. Pryor and does explants.
  • Dr. Pryor and Dr. Abbed FB Support Group

*Dr. Dhaval Patel – Hoffman Estates, IL ($8,000 explant, $12,000 explant and lift)

  • Knowledgable about BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Double board certified and specializes in reconstructive surgery.
  • Is updating his website to include an en bloc page in reference to BII

Dr. Michael DeWolfe – La Grange, IL ($4,500 explant, $6,500-$7,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.

*Dr. Florence Mussat – Chicago, IL ($8,200 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when the breast implant is over the muscle, when possible, otherwise she does total capsulectomy. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Mussat En Bloc Breast Implant Removal Page

Dr. Vidya Shankaran – Belleville, IL ($6,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Illinois Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Indiana:

*Dr. Brian J. Lee – Fort Wayne, IN ($7,000 explant)

  • Knowledgable about BII and is committed to full capsule removal.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Understands nutriton and detox for recovery from chronic illness.

Dr. Christine Kelley – Indianapolis, IN ($8,300)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance; a patient reported Dr. Kelley fought hard to get insurance to cover explant and to get her FMLA approved for medical leave. Another patient reported Dr. Kelley is in network with Anthem BCBS.

Iowa:

Dr. Mark W. Mulkey – Mason City, IA ($4,600)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Iowa Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Kansas:

Julie Holding – Kansas City, KS

  • Does en bloc when possible. Does not return implants. Can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: a patient reported she had Cigna PPO and was able to get insurance coverage.
  • Reconstructive microsurgery fellowship

Dr. Brad Storm – Olathe, KS

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Kentucky:

Dr. Lesley Wong – Lexington, KY

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Maurine Waterhouse – Louisville, KY ($3,100 explant, $6075 explant and lift)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Louisiana:

*Dr. Stephen E. Metzinger – Metairie, LA ($8,100)

  • Listens to BII. Dr. Metzinger discusses BII, biofilm’s role in BII, pathology tests he runs, and more. See Dr. Metzinger on BII  (FB Video).

“If you’ve had symptoms that include brain fog, fatigue, body odor that is unusual or foul, joint issues/joint pain other neurologic issues, hormonal issues, headaches, photosensitivity, chills, this whole cascade of illnesses or symptoms that often times can be written off as a neurologic disorder or fibromyalgia, if you are suffering from these and you have breast implants I would appreciate the opportunity to talk to you. I believe that these symptoms may be caused by a biofilm that’s been carried in with your breast implants and that your body is raising hell with itself in an attempt to cure this. …

We’ve seen some truly remarkable results from resolutions of optic neuritis to joint pain going away to swelling and odor going away within a matter of weeks if not days.”

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Triple board certified
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.

*Dr. Eileen Summer Black and Dr. Elliot Black – Metairie, LA ($7,500).

  • Knowledgable about BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Maryland:

*Dr. Craig Vander Kolk – Baltimore, MD ($6,500)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.

Dr. Bernard Chang – Baltimore, MD

  • Works with Dr. Craig Vander Kolk
  • Breast reconstruction and DIEP flap surgeon

Dr. Gabriel Del Corral – Westminster, MD

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Massachusetts:

Dr. George Chatson – North Andover, MA ($6,800 explant)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: a patient reported Dr. Chatson submitted insurance paperwork and  her Tufts Health Insurance covered explant.
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.

*Dr. Melissa Johnson – Springfield, MA

  • Knowledgable about BII and has spoken with Dr. Blais (breast implant illness expert).
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. Loreen A. Ali – Chelmsford, MA

  • Listens to BII.

Insurance: Tufts Health Direct through Health Connector in MA covers removal if there is a rupture or one has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.

Michigan:

*Dr. Amy DeRosa – West Bloomfield, MI ($6,250)

  • Listens to BII. Only explants, no longer does breast augmentations.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • The nurses at the hospital said they are doing more and more explants with women saying the same thing.
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.
  • Dr. DeRosa is doing independent BII research, she states she is not affiliated with any manufacturer. See Breast Implant Illness: A Case Series and Prospective Study. This can help educate others in the medical field.
  • DeRosa Breast Implant Removal and DeRosa Instagram for en bloc pictures.
  • Dr. DeRosa is interviewed in, “Dangers of breast implants” (TV5 News Michigan, November 2019)

The procedure has become so popular, DeRosa said she does a half dozen removals a week in her metro Detroit office.

“It’s been amazing. The improvement that we find. Some women say that within one week they feel an immediate clarity to their brain, to their head. Their eyes are brighter, they have improvement in their skin tone,”  DeRosa said.

In the last few years, DeRosa said she decided to stop performing implant surgery all together. She said it will stay that way until the FDA can figure out why so many women are having adverse reactions.

“All implants, no matter if they’re filled with silicone or filled with saline, the shell is a silicone shell. So that’s what the body comes in contact with, and what it would react to,” DeRosa explained.

*Dr. Shaher Khan – Novi, MI

  • He is a big supporter of BII. Only explants, does not do breast augmentations.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Michigan Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Minnesota:

*Dr. Jennifer Harrington – Plymouth, MN ($7,540)

Dr. Tracy Kayan – Minnetonka, MN ($5,600)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: a patient reported Dr. Kayan wrote a letter to her insurance and got insurance coverage for the explant.
  • Dr. Kayan FB post on BII

Dr. David Ruebeck – Edina and Minneapolis, MN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: patient with UCare insurance was able to have the explant covered; she did not have capsular contracture but did complain of pain. Another patient reported he was willing to fight hard to get insurance to cover.

Dr. Jonathan Witzke – Woodbury and St. Paul, MN ($6,200)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Mississippi:

*Dr. William B. Walker – Ridgeland, MI ($8,500 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Missouri:

None have been recommended at this time that do full capsule removal.

Nevada:

Dr. Brian J. Parker – Las Vegas, NV ($5,700)

  • He listens to BII and has seen women getting better after explants, however his office might initially try to dissuade from explant.
  • Does not do a full en bloc but does total capsulectomy, ask for a detailed step by step of the procedure.
  • He said he has done as many if not more explants as implants this year. He has said everyone of his explants expressed they felt all the way better or drastically better after explant. There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.

Nevada Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

New Jersey:

*Dr. Brian Buinewicz – Doylestown, PA or Flemington, NJ ($6,000)

““It affects nearly every organ system in their body,” explains Dr. Brian Buinewicz.

“”I have 200 patients over two years and the vast majority of them are getting better. … These implants are causing chronic inflammation that’s now kicking off systematic inflammation in their body,” Buinewicz says.

An explant patient of his had “[d]igestive issues, adrenal issues, hormone issues, pigmentation issues, hair loss, depression, weight gain, inflammation,” and post-explant states, ““[a]lmost every symptom I’ve had is gone, completely gone.”

Dr. John Paul Tutela – Livingston, NJ and New York, NY

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, partial video, and returns implants.
  • In New Jersey he is affiliated with about six hospitals and with surgical centers; in NY he is affiliated with at least two excellent hospitals and with surgical centers. Therefore the patient has options.
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Renee Comizio – Morristown, NJ

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

New York:

Dr. John Paul Tutela – Livingston, NJ and New York, NY

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, partial video, and returns implants.
  • In New Jersey he is affiliated with about six hospitals and with surgical centers; in NY he is affiliated with at least two excellent hospitals and with surgical centers. Therefore the patient has options.
  • Microsurgery

*Dr. Adam Perry – Bay Shore, New York

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: a patient reported that office staff submitted authorizations and insurance covered explant in full.
  • Perry Breast Implant Removal 

Dr. Eric Mager – Great Neck, NY

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and can try to file with insurance. Does not return implants.

Dr. David Rigan – Buffalo, NY

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.
  • He is doing more explants and following his BII explant patient’s recovery progressions.

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

North Carolina:

Dr. Glenn Lyle – Raleigh, NC ($5,100 explant done at his practice, $6,100 explant done at the hospital, $10,044 explant and lift, $7,023 explant and fat transfer)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants (returns silicone implants whole, does not return saline implants whole, only the shell).
  • Also does fat transfer.

Dr. Victor Ferrari – Matthews, NC ($6,824 explant, $11,000+ explant and lift)

  • Upon request: Takes pictures of implants and capsules. Does not return implants.

Dr. Bill G. Kortesis – Huntersville, NC ($6,500)

Dr. Gaurav Bharti – Huntersville, North Carolina ($6,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible, takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Extra: Dr. Edward Bednar in Charlotte is very popular for fat transfers, some ladies explant and then later go see him.

Breast Implant Illness Support In the Carolinas FB Group

Ohio:

***Dr. Lu Jean Feng – Cleveland, OH ($8,450 explant, $15,450 explant and lit)

“I have totally stopped putting implants in people because I believe that eventually everyone will have problems with these implants, and some of these problems are not easily reversible. Whenever a cosmetic procedure and cause health problems- it is not worth the risk. Cosmetic procedures are meant to improve the quality of life, so if the quality of life can be destroyed by a cosmetic procedure it is not worth doing.” (Webinar Transcript, pg. 6)

  • Knowledgable about BII, is committed to full capsule removal, and does fat transfers.
  • Does en bloc when possible, takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Specializes in explants – has been doing explants for the past 20+ years. Does not put implants in, only explants.
  • There have been hundreds of happy ladies who have explanted with her in the various support groups.
  • Dr. Feng excels at medically complicated revision capsulectomy, popularly known in the BII community as second capsule removal surgery.
  • Board certified Microvascular Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
  • Member of American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
  • Published scientific articles on breast implants, lymph nodes, and more.
  • Testified to the FDA on breast implants (July 1998).
  • Many months wait to get an appointment (can be 6-8 months).
  • Dr. Feng’s Breast Implant Removal Youtube and Website.
  • Dr. Feng FB Support Group
  • Dr. Feng is interviewed in, “Reports of breast implant illness continue to grow” (wkyc studios, September 2019)

Those symptoms included: fatigue, chest pain, hair loss, headaches, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain, rash, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, neurological issues, and hormonal issues.

”These are fairly typical for breast implant illness which is what we have been studying in the last five years,” Dr. Feng says.

*Dr. Pankaj Tiwari – Gahanna (Colombus), OH

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: A patient reported he billed insurance appealed to get approval. Another patient reported he appeals if insurance denies. A patient with UHC reported he fought through appeals and got it covered. Other women have also reported success with Dr. Tiwari getting insurance explant coverage.
  • Microsurgery
  • Breast Implant Associated Autoimmune Disease Study Review

Dr. Ergun Kocak – Gahanna (Colombus), OH ($7,200)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants and can try to file with insurance.
  • Microsurgery
  • Works in the same office as Dr. Tiwari.

Oklahoma:

Dr. Nicole Castellese (formerly Patel) – Tulsa, OK ($5,300)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with her in the various FB support groups.

Dr. Anureet K. Bajaj – Oklahoma City, OK ($6,400 explant, $7,400 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with her in the various FB support groups.

Dr. Derek Shadid – Oklahoma City, OK ($7,000 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Also does fat transfers.

Dr. Kevin Kunkel – Tulsa, OK ($2,900)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Oklahoma Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Oregon:

Dr. Dann Leonard – Salem, OR ($4,700)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Insurance: multiple patients have reported he has been able to get explant insurance coverage. Women have commented he considers explant as medically necessary.

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Pennsylvania:

*Dr. Brian Buinewicz – Doylestown, PA or Flemington, NJ ($6,000)

““It affects nearly every organ system in their body,” explains Dr. Brian Buinewicz.

“”I have 200 patients over two years and the vast majority of them are getting better. … There’s a certain subset of women that are prone to inflammatory issues. These implants are causing chronic inflammation that’s now kicking off systematic inflammation in their body,” Buinewicz says.

An explant patient of his had “[d]igestive issues, adrenal issues, hormone issues, pigmentation issues, hair loss, depression, weight gain, inflammation,” and post-explant states, ““[a]lmost every symptom I’ve had is gone, completely gone.” (Source: CBS Philly)

Dr. Raymond Capone – PIttsburgh, PA ($4,500)

  • Chief of Surgery at Shadyside Hospital.
  • Upon request: accepts insurance.

Dr. Robert Kang – Pittsburgh, PA

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.
  • Microsurgery fellowship

Dr. Simona Pautler – McMurray, PA

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Emily Peterson – State College, PA

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

South Carolina:

Dr. Clayton Crantford – Charleston, SC ($5,400)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Breast Implant Illness Support In the Carolinas FB Group

Tennessee:

Dr. Jason Wendel – Nashville, TN ($9,100 explant)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.

Dr. Robert Chandler – Memphis, TN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants and accepts insurance.

Dr. Michael R. Burgdorf – Nashville, TN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. Melinda Haws – Nashville, TN ($6,900 explant and lift)

Dr. John B. Summitt – Nashville, TN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Vanderbilt University

Dr. John Moore – Franklin, TN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Murphy Garnett – Memphis, TN

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. Steven J. Smith – Knoxville, TN ($8,500)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. Matthew Endara – Columbia, TN ($6,500)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: accepts insurance.

Nashville Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Texas:

Well-recommended surgeons by explant patients are Dr. Rai, Dr. Rodgers, Dr. Straka, Dr. Whitfield, and Dr. Heistein.

*Dr. Surjit Rai – Dallas, TX ($6,000 explant, $8,600-$9,300 explant and lift, $10,000 explant, lift, and reduction)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Dr. Rai FB Support Group
  • Dr. Rai Explant
    • Over 1,000 breast implant removal surgeries performed
    • Dedicated to complete capsulectomy and en bloc when possible
    • Compassionate care and experience with patients with Breast Implant Illness (BII)
    • Knowledge of the latest research in Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
    • Sends all capsules for pathology and any other studies needed

*Dr. Bruce Rogers – Katy, TX ($4,300 explant, $7,000 – $8,000 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII and is committed to full capsule removal.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • He recognizes that women are getting better after explants. He said he has done as many if not more explants as implants this year. There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups, including over 50 positive explant reviews of him.
  • Dr. Rodgers FB Support Group

*Dr. Philip J. Straka – Kingwood, TX ($5,200-$5,900 explant, $8,000 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII – he is optimistic women will get better once the implants are out and will start to heal.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. Charles Polsen – League City (Houston), TX ($6,000 explant, $12,500 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII – he is understanding and familiar with implant problems.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance. To get the implants back you need to speak to his nurse and request the form, then you can go to pathology and pick them up.
  • He recognizes women are getting better after explants.

Dr. Mark Clemens – Houston, TX

  • Specializes in microsurgery, breast reconstruction, and BIA-ALCL research.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • He is a leading researcher on BIA-ALCL along with pathologist Dr. Roberto Miranda and surgeon Dr. Charles E. Butler.
  • He mostly only takes cancer related surgeries and women who have a BIA-ALCL diagnosis. BIA-ALCL usually presents as unilateral breast swelling. Prior to explant, an ALCL diagnosis can be made by detecting fluid buildup between the implant and capsule through an ultrasound or MRI. That fluid can then be aspirated and tested for CD30 immunohistochemistry.

Dr. Melissa Crosby – Houston, TX

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Specializes in reconstructive surgery and is well known in the breast reconstruction community. She used to work for MD Anderson before opening her own practice.
  • Microsurgery

*Dr. Kristi Sumpter – Houston, TX ($5,100-$5,600 explant, $8,200-$9,100 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Also does fat transfer.

Dr. Robert Whitfield – West Lake Hills (Austin), TX ($7,500 explant, $11,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.

*Dr. Jonathan Heistein – Forth Worth, TX ($3,750)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can can try to file with insurance.
  • Microsurgery

Texas Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Forth Worth, Texas Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Dallas, Texas Explant FB Support Group

Utah:

Dr. John Hijjawi – Murray, Utah ($4,800 explant, $8,500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance (speak with Corie).
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Kimball Crofts – Lindon, UT($4,500 explant, $8-10,000 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Does a free laser treatment on scars.

Dr. Leland Chick – Salt Lake City, UT ($4.200 cash – $4,500 credit for explant, $6,200-$6,900 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.

Dr. Randall Barnett – Ogden, UT ($6,700)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

*Dr. J Michael Self – Draper, UT ($8,700 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Financial: SelectHealth insurance in Utah with the Select Med plan has helped cover partial costs of explant for a lady. She did not have rupture or capsular contracture but she did have pain.

Utah Breast Implant Illness FB Group

University of Utah has a BII survey to better describe the symptoms reported by patients with Breast Implant Illness, to identify potential risk factors, and to characterize which symptoms improve following implant removal. Dr. Kwok from the University of Utah Division of Plastic Surgery helped create the survey.

Virginia:

***Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix – Henrico, VA ($7,500)

  • He is very supportive, compassionate, and understanding of BII. He is dedicated to taking great care of those with BII inside and outside of the operating room. Additionally, he is conducting research on women who are explanting.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Microsurgeon
  • There have been many happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.
  • Stanwix FB Support Group
  • Stanwix Instagram
  • Stanwix Breast Implant Removal:

“Dr Stanwix wants you to know you are not alone. Breast implant related illness is a health issue that is often overlooked. Many women are often misdiagnosed with other diseases that have similar symptoms and do not realize that their symptoms and health issues can be related to their body’s reaction to their implants. Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix, MD, FACS is a highly sought after surgeon in breast implant removal. He not only has the highest of expertise in implant removal, but he is compassionate to his patients and passionate about this topic.”

*Dr. Christopher L. Hess – Fiarfax, VA ($5,600)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: returns implants.
  • There have been a handful of happy ladies who have explanted with him in the various FB support groups.
  • He recognizes the importance of full capsule removal and that women are getting better after explants. He is sympathetic towards BII.

Washington:

Dr. Kai Morimoto – Spokane, WA

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.

Dr. Otway Louie – Seattle, WA

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and accepts insurance.
  • Microsurgery Fellowship

Dr. Allen Gabriel – Vancouver, WA

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and accepts insurance.

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Wisconsin:

Dr. Venkat Rao – Madison, WI ($2,655)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery Fellowship

Dr. Thomas Kinney – Brookfield, WI ($4,100-$6,400)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Specializes in breast reconstruction, has performed over 1,000 DIEP flap procedures.

Dr. Joesph Rucker – Eau Claire, WI ($4,400)

Dr. Michelle Bonness – Brookfield, WI

Wyoming

*Dr. Mark E. Freeman – Idaho Falls, ID and Wilson, WY ($4,000)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Upon request: returns implants.

– International –

Australia:

Australia & NZ Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Australia has launched breast implant screening at the Integrated Breast Implant Check Clinic at Macquarie University Hospital.

From the scientific article, Breast Implant Illness: A Way Forward (2019):

“A new breast implant check clinic commenced in Australia, is now scaling to 2 states and will provide an important low cost entry point for women with breast implant-related issues to be assessed both clinically and with imaging and/or pathology. These clinics will serve to capture patient, surgical, implant, and outcome data. They will also serve to standardize work up for patients with potential BII. These will include wide ranging blood screening for autoimmune disease markers (Table 3) and also collect patient-reported outcome measure data with validated instruments such as the BREAST-Q and modified BREAST-Q, as pertaining to cosmetic surgery. These patients will need to be followed up closely and for a period of ≥2 years to track their progress following explantation.”

Dr. Gerard Bayley – Greenslopes, QLD

Dr. Lisa Creighton – Buderim, QLD

  • Onco-plastic breast surgeon

Dr. Anna Loch-Wilkinson – Bournemouth, UK and Southport, QLD

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Microsurgery
  • Had a BIA-ALCL patient and did a full en bloc removal of implants and capsules. This removed traces of the cancer and patient does not need to have chemo or radiation.
  • Gold Coast Private Hospital

Dr. Peter Widdowson – Southport, QLD

Dr. John Kippen – Sydney, NSW

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Ross Farhadieh – Sydney, NSW

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Gillian Farrell – Brighton, Victoria

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Specializes in breast reconstruction.

New Zealand:

Australia & NZ Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Dr. Meredith Simcock – Aukland, NZ ($11,500 NZD)

Dr. Julian Lofts – Auckland, NZ

Dr. Stuart McNicoll – Hamilton, NZ ($13,000 NZD)

Dr. Charles Davis – Wellington, NZ

Dr. David Glasson – Wellington, NZ

Dr. David Crabb – Northland, NZ

Canada:

Canada Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Toronto/Ontario Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

French Canadian Group – Maladie des implants mammaires (BII) Groupe de support Canadien-Francais

*Dr. Aaron Brown – Abbotsford, BC ($7,600)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Stephen Nicolaidis – Montreal, Quebec

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Colin Mcinnes – New Westminister, BC

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Nancy Van Laeken – Vancouver, BC

  • Microsurgery

Dr.  Kate Elzinga – Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Annika Card – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

*Dr. Nicolas Guay – Kleinburg, Ontario

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery
  • Specializes in reconstruction for breast cancer.

Dr. Karen Cross – Toronto, Ontario

*Dr. Leonard Harris – Burlington, Ontario

  • Listens to BII. He is doing a study on BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Dr. Leonard Harris BII

Allergan Recalled Textured Breast Implants – MSP Funded Explant Surgery in B.C., Canada 

In B.C., public health insurance is called the Medical Services Plan (MSP). The MSP has decided to fund explant surgery for patients with the recalled Allergan textured breast implants. If you live in B.C. and have the recalled Allergan implants you can see your primary doctor and have a discussion about explant and MSP funding it. Hopefully other provinces’ public health systems follow B.C.’s lead.

Costa Rica:

***Dr. Victor Urzola – San José, Tibás ($7,800 – $9,600 depending on doing only explant, explant with lift, or a flap breast reconstruction. Price includes anesthesia and operating room, but keep in mind that with additional expenses – flight, lodging, transportation, medications, and optional services of pathology, lymphatic massages, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, overnight hospital stay, nurse aftercare, etc. – total expenses can add up to $11,000+)

Dr. Urzola says women from 14 countries have come to him with similar stories of hair loss, joint pain, skin rashes and chronic inflammatory disease. He says like Gary, their symptoms all went away when the implants were removed.

Urzola says that all breast implants, whether filled with silicone or saline, have a silicone casing and breaks down over time causing silicone molecules to seep into your body, affecting different organs and cells. And it’s hard to diagnose that the implants are what’s making a person sick because the symptoms mimic other types of problems, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia.

During surgery, Urzola not only removes the implants, he removes all affected tissue and the capsule that forms inside each breast. He rebuilds each with your own skin and fat. It’s a five-hour surgery.

The doctor also wrote a letter to the FDA saying breast implant illness is real. His message, in summary, is that there is a group of woman that are sick, and it needs to be addressed by health authorities.

Europe:

Netherlands –

SVS – Dutch breast implant illness advocacy with also an American website. Facebook is Meldpunt Klachten Siliconen. The SVS Foundation was established in 1992. Additionally, there is the Dutch Coalition of Silicone Survivors (COSS).

Dutch Breast Implant Illness Facebook Support Group

*Dr. Rita Kappel – Zwolle, Netherlands (€3,500)

  • Listens to BII.
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Dr. Kappel has done research and published scientific articles on silicone breast implants making women sick.

Dr. Franziska Lichtenegger – Bilthoven, Voorschoten, and Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. Paula Roosink – Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dutch explant insurance coverage:

Zorginstituut Nederland sent a memo to all health insurance companies in May 2018. They state that when a woman has health issues that do not go away with treatment that explant should be paid through insurance. Therefore, if you can show a history of doctor visits and have systemic symptoms, explant should be covered.

A Dutch woman had her explant surgery covered by Menzis insurance, she had Grade IV capsular contracture and a lot of pain.

Denmark –

Dr. Janne Horn – Copenhagen, Denmark (40,000-45,000 Danish Krone)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Roskilde Privathospital

Germany –

Krank Durch Brustimplantate – Breast Implant Illness DE (Germany) Facebook Support Group

Krank Durch BrustImplantate Website

Dr. med. Bianca Baican – Oberursel (Frankfurt), Germany (€6,600 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance.
  • Dr. Baican and Dr. Potente work together at the same office.

Dr. med. Zeynep Potente – Oberursel (Frankfurt), Germany (€6,600 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, returns implants, and can try to file with insurance. German patient who explanted with her had capsular contracture Grade IV and insurance covered 100% of explant cost. It was not a private insurance.
  • Dr. Baican and Dr. Potente work together at the same office.

Dr. med. Beatrix Munder – Düsseldorf, Germany (€4.200 including a two night stay)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. med. Frank Busse – Wasserburg and Rosenheim, Germany

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. med. Hansjürgen Jost – Landstuhl, Germany (€2,500 with overnight stay, €2,200 without overnight stay, €130 pathology testing, €55 bacteria and mold testing)

  • Total Capsulectomy. Upon request takes pictures of implants and capsules, partial video, and returns implants.
  • Speaks fluent German and English.
  • His wife is also a doctor and they  work together as a team. A patient commented it is like getting double care for the price of one.

German News: Risiko Brustimplantate (2018)

Survey: Risiken von Brustimplantaten

Austria –

*Dr. Markus-Johannes Handl – Vienna, Austria

  • Listens to BII. A patient who explanted with him reported he did believe her symptoms could be from the implants as part of an allergy and autoimmune response.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Switzerland –

Informationen zu Brustimplantaten

Dr. med. Marina Barandun – Aarau, Switzerland

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery

Dr. Pierre Nahon – Geneva, Switzerland

  • Believes the capsules should be removed and sends to pathology.

France –

Dr. Pierre Dumas – Nice, France (€3,500 explant, €4500 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.
  • Dr. Pierre Dumas and Dr. Paul Gasnier work together at the same office. Dr. Gasnier also does explants.

Dr. Corinne Becker – Italy and France (€3,900 explant and fat transfer)

  • Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Milan, Italy
  • Also does fat transfer

*Professor Laurent Lantieri – Paris, France

  • Listens to BII. Has said “these pockets of silicone are carcinogenic” in regards to the PIP scandal.
  • Hospital Pompidou
  • Specialist in reconstruction for DIEP
  • Removes silicone lymph nodes.

Dr. Christophe Grinfeder – Bordeaux, France

Dr. François Jérôme Authier, MD, PhD works at Henri Mondo Hospital and University Paris Est-Cretil in research. He set up a study for the neurological impact of silicone.

French News:

In April 2019, France is the first country to ban breast implants linked to cancer risk of BIA-ALCL.

France bans textured and polyurethane breast implants made by 6 manufacturers: textured Natrelle implants by Allergan; Monobloc textured implants by Arion; Silicone textured implants by SEBBIN; GFX, IMPLEO and COGEL implants by Nagor; MATRIX implants by Eurosilicone; and POLYtxt, Sublime Lime, Microthane and Diagon\Gel® 4Two implants by Polytech. Source: ICIJ.

Belgium –

Dr. José-Albert Budo – Liege (Luik), Belgium (€3,200)

  • Believes in BII. He recognizes the problems with silicone and breast implants.
  • Upon request: returns implants. At least three women have explanted with him in the BII Facebook groups. It was reported he did en bloc but pictures were not posed, so please make sure you discuss full capsule removal with him and pictures. He mentions the importance of total capsulectomy (at 4:40) in the following interview as well as the significance of removing all silicone and contamination.
  • He is interviewed and speaks on the risks of breast implants in Breast Prosthesis Scandal (skip to 3:30)

Dr. Caroline Mestre-Stanislas in Uccle, Belgium is an internal medicine doctor who was recommended by a patient for recognizing ASIA Syndrome with her silicone breast implants. See Resources and Expert Researchers to read more on Dr. Yehuda Schoenfeld’s publications on ASIA Syndrome.

Italy –

Avvelenamento da Protesi (Italia) FB Support Group

Dr. Nicola Kefalas – Torino, Italy (€8,000 includes overnight stay at the hospital & BIA-ALCL pathology / include notte in clinica e dismissione il giorno dopo e laboratorio specializzato in istologico e citologico e esame per BIA-ALCL)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules. 
  • Familiar with BIA-ALCL
  • Patient advocate who explanted with him

Dr. Manuela Roncella – Pisa, Italy

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules. 
  • She is familiar with BIA-ALCL, has had a patient whose capsules were diagnosed with it.
  • Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Pisana
  • Direttore Centro Senologico Ospedale Santa Chiara

Quello che hanno cercato di nasconderci sulle protesi al seno: cancro e malattie autoimmuni (Novembre 2018) 

In 2015, Italy banned Silimed breast implants (Brazilian). See Avviso di sicurezza urgente – Impianti Slimed. 

Spain –

Implantes mamarios y enfermedades-Espana (Spain)

Dr. Antonio Tejerina Bernal – Madrid, Spain (€6,500 explant only / solo por explantar, €6,700 includes silicone lymph node removal, hospital, and two lymphatic massages / pues la operación con extirpación de ganglios, hospitalización y dos masajes linfáticos)

Dr. Marco Romeo – Madrid, Spain

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules. 
  • Micorsurgery
  • Also operates in Menorca and Dubai

Dr. Cesar Noval – Valencia, Spain (€6,400)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules. 

Dr. Josep Prat Escayola – Barcelona, Spain (€5,600)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules. 
  • EN: Consultation is in Sabadell and the operation is in the hospital of Terrassa, where he is the head of the plastic and restorative surgery. Price covers all costs including facility and pathology of the capsules.
  • SP: Su consulta es en Sabadell y opera en el hospital de Terrassa, donde es el jefe del servicio de cirugía plástica y reparadora. El precio cubre todo, incluye las facilidades y el análisis de las cápsulas.

Protocolo clinico para la deteccion del linfoma anaplasico de celulas grandes (LACG) asociado a implantes de mama (Feb. 2019)

Poland –

Dr. Mikolaj Kubasik – Zakrzewo, Poland

  • Has had a patient with rheumatoid arthritis improve after explant, therefore he has some awareness of the benefits of explant.
  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Ukraine –

Dr. Denis Pominchuk – Kiev, Ukraine

Hungary –

Dr. Bognár Gábor – Budapest, Hungary (€1,600)

  • Microsurgery

Cyprus –

Dr. Demetris Stavrou – Nicosia, Cyprus (€3,000 including night in the hospital)

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.
  • Done at the Aretaeio private hospital.

Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland):

Breast Implant Illness Nordic FB Support Group

silikonimplantat

Dr. Tor Svensjö – Kristianstad, Sweden

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules

Dr. Lennart Blomqvist – Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Michael Olenius – Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Oya Kocabalkan – Stockholm, Sweden

News:

Sofias liv förstördes efter bröstförstoringen

Iceland:

Breast Implant Illness Iceland FB Group

Íslenskar konur eru í auknum mæli að finna fyrir „brjóstapúðaeitrun” (BII) og láta fjarlægja púðana

Ireland:

Ireland Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

UK Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group

Prof Malcom Kell – Dublin, Ireland

  • He is at Mater Private Hospital and needs a referral letter from your general physician.

Dr. Ahmed Salman – Dublin, Ireland (€4000)

Dr. Nadeem Ajmal – Dublin, Ireland (€4,380)

Israel:

Breast Implant Illness Israeli FB Support Group

הקבוצה נועדה לתת תמיכה ליווי ואינפורמציה בנושא ההשלכות הרפואיות והבריאותיות של שתלי סיליקון וסליין והתהליך להחלמה.

Japan:

Dr. Ken Arashiro – Okinawa, Japan

Malaysia:

Dr. Yap Lok Huei – Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia (RM 30,000, about $7,300 including one night stay in single suite)

Mexico:

Dr. Arturo Valdez – Cancun, Mexico ($4,700 explant and lift – includes tests, medication, and transportation)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Rodrigo Morales – Mexico City, Mexico ($5,000)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Alejandro de Rivera Campero – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ($4,500 explant and lift)

Dr. Bernardo Garza Meija – Monterrey, Mexico

Middle East:

Dr. Jaffer Khan – Dubai, UAE ($5,500)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.

Dr. Ashok Govila – Dubai, UAE

South Africa:

South Africa FB Support Group

Well-recommended surgeons by explant patients in South Africa are Dr. Liakos and Dr. Geldenhuys..

Dr. Dimitri Liakos – Johannesburg, South Africa (R45,000 explant, R65,000 explant and lift)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: Takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Many patients in South Africa have explanted and speak highly of Dr. Liakos.
  • Plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon

Dr. Stuart Geldenhuys – Cape Town, South Africa (R57,000-R67,000, if the surgery goes longer the price can get towards the latter cost)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: Takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Many patients in South Africa have explanted and speak highly of Dr. Geldenhuys.
  • Prefers not to do a lift at the same time as explant.

Dr. Dale Geoffrey – Cape Town, South Africa

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: Takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. Conrad Pienaar – Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. James van der Merwe – Johannesburg, South Africa (R60,000 explant and lift)

Dr. Charles Serrurier – Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

Dr. Bronwen Schoenfeld – Howick, South Africa (R60,000 explant, R65,000 explant and lift)

  • A handful of ladies in South Africa have explanted and speak highly of Dr. Schoenfeld.

Dr. Nicolette Landman – Olifantsfontein, South Africa

Dr. Chris van der Walt – Port Elizabeth, South Africa (R40,000 explant and fat transfer, no lift)

Dr. Paul McGarr – Durban, South Africa (R60,000 explant)

  • Microsurgery

South Africa explant insurance coverage:

Medihelp Necesse Package covered a lady’s explant in full when she had a breast ultrasound and it confirmed that the implants leaked, as a note it took three ultrasounds to finally detect the leak. Momentum covered most of another lady’s explant when she had her surgeon write them a letter emphasizing two large lumps. Additionally, the Bone and Breast Care Centre comes recommended for specializing in breast scans and reports. See the insurance page for codes to submit to insurance, South Africa uses the same ones as the U.S.

South America:

Doença do Silicone – Apoio ao Explante (remoção de prótese)

Explanted Silicone Instagram

Dr. Luis Eduardo Bermudez – Bogata, Columbia ($10,500,000 Colombian pesos, about $3,162 USD)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: can take partial videos of surgery, takes pictures of implants and capsules, and returns implants.
  • Microsurgery
  • Office at the Santa Fe Foundation University Hospital in Bogota

Dr. Susana Margarita Correa Gutierrez – Bogata, Columbia ($3,600)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • A top surgeon in Columbia for breast cancer reconstruction

Dr. Santiago Aguilera – Cali, Columbia

Dr. Luis Bitar  – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dr. Ayeray Juan de Val ($2,000) – Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules and returns implants.

United Kingdom:

UK Breast Implant Illness FB Support Group and the group’s Recommended UK Explant Surgeons List (from 5/17/18). UK PIP.

Popular for explant in the UK are Dr. Sterne and Dr. Floyd they have explanted many ladies and come highly recommended.

Dr. Guy Sterne – Worcester, UK (£4,000+)

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Popular in the UK for explant, there are many happy ladies who have explanted with him.

*Dr. David Floyd – London, UK (£5,000+ explant, £8,000 explant and lift)

  • Listens to BII. Some patients present him a list of all their BII symptoms, he takes copies and is listening. He is conducting his own research. He recognizes that women are getting better after explants. He states, “Many patients find that their health improves dramatically after removing their implants.”
  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Popular in the UK for explant, there are many happy ladies who have explanted with him. See Realself review.
  • Floyd BII, En Bloc, and Breast Implant Removal Gallery

*Dr. Paul E. Banwell – East Grinstread (Sussex) and London, UK

  • Listens to BII.

Dr. Anna Loch-Wilkinson – Bournemouth, UK and Gold Coast, Australia

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.
  • Microsurgery
  • Had a BIA-ALCL patient and did a full en bloc removal of implants and capsules. This removed traces of the cancer and patient does not need to have chemo or radiation.

Dr. Robert Morris – Plymouth, UK (£3,220)

Dr. Lee Min Lai – Bushey, UK

Dr. Sunita Shrotria – Surrey, UK

Dr. David Oliver – Exeter, UK

Dr. Hassan Sulaiman – UK ($2,695)

Dr. Chien C. Kat – Birmingham, UK (£3,700)

Dr. Awf Quaba – Edinburgh, UK

  • Does en bloc when possible. Upon request: takes pictures of implants and capsules.

Dr. Eve. Mitoff – Glasgow, Scotland

UK explant insurance coverage:

Some ladies have had success with having the NHS cover their explant. One lady went to her doctor and explained the pain and discomfort she was in and was referred to a hospital breast clinic where she then had her explant. In consideration of this option, please ensure full capsule removal.