Scroll down for a list of recent breast implant lawsuits.
Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implant lawsuits started in October 2016 with Ebrahimi v. Mentor. A Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implant case, Gravitt et al v. Mentor, passed preemption twice, first in January and then in June 2018. Lawsuits for women with BIA-ALCL commenced in 2018 and are continuing to be filed. In January 2019, two Canadian law firms requested to file a potential class action lawsuit against three breast manufactures (Allergan, Mentor, and Ideal) of textured breast implants; and another Canadian law firm has commenced a potential class action against Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants. In May 2019, a Canadian breast implant class action began against Allergan. In July 2019, after months of countries around the world recalling Allergan textured breast implants, the FDA requested Allergan to recall its textured breast implants from the US market. Allergan responded with a global recall of silicone and saline textured breast implants and tissue expanders. This comes after more cases of BIA-ALCL have been reported. Class actions are being filed worldwide against Allergan textured breast implants including in the US, Canada, and Korea. In 2019, a bipartisan bill called the Medical Device Safety Act 2019 H.R. 2669 was introduced and is key to changing the current preemption laws that protect the manufacturers. In May 2020, a woman in Germany won a two year case for disability from breast implant illness. She was initially denied disability so she started a lawsuit. In July 2020, Mize v. Mentor won its appeal; “the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment and entered an order overruling the demurrer to the third amended complaint” (Justia US Law). In March 2021, law firm Berger Montague announced claims arising from the recall of Allergan’s BIOCELL textured breast implants were proceeding to discovery.
If you are interested in following developments in any of these cases or require information in regard to breast implant lawsuits please leave a comment below.
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Where to Start:
Gather all medical records from each of your medical providers, such as: implanting surgeon, primary doctor, specialists, dentist, etc. Regardless of a lawsuit, it is important to keep your own file of all pertaining medical records. How long medical offices are required to retain medical records varies with each state. See requesting medical records for more information.
1. Obtain every page of your plastic surgery records (all operative reports, follow-up visits, etc). Ask if you were part of a manufacturer breast implant study and check all your records for any notes made by the surgeon.
2. Write down all your symptoms and try to put them in chronological order. Note the year and the month if possible of when each one started. This is important to document.
3. Talk with your doctor; share the chronology of symptoms and provide scientific literature of foreign body reaction and silicone as an adjuvant. Explant is a medical necessity procedure for many of us. Discuss this with your health care provider and see if a Medical Necessity Letter can be written.
4. Heavy metal and chemical testing before explant can help to see if there is any measurable, quantitative toxicity, as well as any other lab work that is related to your health. There is a toxicology lab in Colorado called The Carlson Company that can do heavy metal and chemical testing of explanted capsule tissues.
5. When you explant make sure your implants and capsules are not destroyed and make arrangements to secure them. Ask your surgeon for pictures of the implants and capsules at the time of surgery. You can even try asking if they will video the surgery. Maintain a chain of custody for both, implants and capsules.
6. Research medical device product liability and parallel state law claims. There have been an increasing number of Class III medical device parallel claims pursued with relative success.
7. Research and put together a list of other medical device cases that have either won or are currently ongoing against your manufacturer or other medical device manufacturers (ex. transvaginal mesh, hip implants, Essure cases, etc).
8. Search for a product liability lawyer. Provide them with your research in an organized fashion: a chronology of your medical history, any doctor reports that support your allegations, the current breast implant cases below and the other current medical device cases you researched.
9. When researching and choosing a law firm, ask what their intentions are in the larger scheme – are individual cases being filed for the purpose of a MDL (multi district litigation) or is a collective class action being organized? Pay caution if a law firm is preparing for a breast implant class action lawsuit, those are what happened in the 90s and were ultimately in the best interest for the attorneys, not the women. Class actions in this type of litigation result in low ball settlements and high attorney fees.
10. Read over a retainer very carefully, make any adjustments, and sign with the law firm. Generally, product liability and personal injury cases are taken on contingency. This means the attorney shall advance litigation costs, travel expenses, copying fees, expert witnesses, etc. In a contingency case you should not have to upfront costs. If you win the case, a lawyer’s fees come out of the money awarded. Contingency fees can range from 25-40%, with average being 33% or one-third. If there is trial involved, contingency fees can be 40%.
Breast implant illness was first publicized in 1990, when journalist Connie Chung interviewed women with breast implants sharing their experiences. Watch Exposing Breast Implant Illness.
In the 1990s, Dow’s scandal of falsified studies, circus of inadequacy in faulty manufacturing, and campaign of deceit and denial was exposed. Over 450,000 women came forward, litigation and bankruptcies ensued among various breast implant manufacturers, along with a moratorium that banned silicone breast implants for 14 years, from 1992-2006. The exception for their usage were certain reconstruction and revision cases that were supposed to be enrolled and followed in manufacturer ‘Adjunct Studies.’ The book ‘The Document Investigation and Review Committee (D.I.R.T.)‘ by Gail Hamilton provides excellent insight on the matter.
In 1998, the FDA sued Mentor, alleging that the company failed to meet manufacturing quality standards, destroyed evidence of its implants’ high rupture rates, sold contaminated implants, and failed to comply with FDA-mandated design and materials specifications. The FDA and Mentor entered into a consent decree to address the alleged violations, which required the company to remedy the deficiencies, comply with federal law, and adhere to good manufacturing practices. If Mentor complied with the terms of the decree for five years, the FDA would not oppose a petition to dissolve it (source: Mize v. Mentor).
In the early 2000s, Allergan and Mentor were approved for premarket Investigational Device Exempt (IDE) studies where a limited number of plastic surgeons were allowed to use silicone breast implants, accordingly they were supposed to inform women of the study and follow up on them. In November 2006, Mentor and Allergan silicone breast implants were conditionally approved and six postmarket studies were to be conducted, see Mentor Approval Order and Allergan (formerly Inamed) Approval Order. The manufacturer premarket and postmarket studies have overall failed to follow up on women and provide real statistics on health problems that arise.
Presently, in 2022, there are over 150,000 women in breast implant illness Facebook support groups. Similar to the Dow times, the manufacturers have again pushed a campaign marketing the safety of implants rather than disclosing the truth of lack of real statistics and follow ups, the adjuvant immunologic effects of silicone, and the numerous heavy metals and chemicals used in manufacturing. As of 2019, the FDA has finally recognized breast implant illness as risk of breast implants. Awareness efforts have been increasing. However, there is still a public health crisis occurring as the medical community at large has failed to help women identify breast implants as playing a role in their symptoms and has led to many misdiagnoses, unnecessary medications and treatments, and body parts being removed (thyroid, gall bladder, uterus, etc.). History is repeating itself and the manufacturers need to be held accountable for the lack of informed consent and toxicity caused by saline and silicone breast implants.
“The manufacturers’ attempts to cover up the real science is consistent with their pattern of covering up the real consequences of their products.” Read more and scroll down to ‘Cover-Ups Involving Silicone Breast Implants‘.
Recent Breast Implant Lawsuits:
- Weber v. Allergan (2012)
- Ebrahimi v. Mentor (2016)
- Mize v. Mentor | Nguyen v. Mentor (Spouse Plaintiff) (2017)
- Gravitt v. Mentor | Gravitt v. Mentor (Spouse Plaintiff) (2017)
- Skelton v. Allergan – BIA-ALCL (2018)
- Cashen v. Mentor | Cashen v. Mentor (Spouse Plaintiff) – BIA-ALCL (2018)
- Rea v. Allergan – BIA-ALCL (2018)
- Vieira et al v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC et al (2018)
- Sewell et al v. Mentor (2018)
- Jacob v. Mentor (2019)
- Gale et al v. Mentor Worldwide (2019)
- Billetts et al v. Mentor Worldwide (2019)
- Graham v. Mentor Worldwide (2019)
- Tinkler v Mentor Worldwide (2019)
Allergan Textured Breast Implant Class Actions (2019): US, Canada, and Korea
In December 2018, investors filed a class action lawsuit against leading breast implant manufacturer Allergan, alleging that the company concealed from them both the association between textured breast implants and a rare form of cancer and the threat this link posed to Allergan’s regulatory approvals. See Alleran Faces Fresh Woes as Investors Sue.
Lenze Lawyers, PLC in Manhattan Beach was filing Mentor MemoryGel Silicone breast implant cases, mostly meeting the criteria of a rupture. Unfortunately, they have mostly been dismissed (August 2019). In July 2020, Mize v. Mentor won its appeal; “the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment and entered an order overruling the demurrer to the third amended complaint” (Justia US Law).
For BIA-ALCL cases, attorney Dena Young Lebovic with Ross Feller Casey and co-counsel have 50+ BIA-ALCL cases filed in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Allergan Textured Breast Implants Worldwide Recall Class Actions:
In July 2019, there was a worldwide recall of Allergan textured saline and silicone breast implants: Natrelle Saline-Filled breast implants, Natrelle Silicone-Filled breast implants, Natrelle Inspira Silicone-Filled breast implants, and Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled breast implants.
1. Sauder Schelkopf Attorney at Law, Berger Montague, and Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman filed a class action lawsuit against breast implant manufacturer Allergan and its Biocell Textured Breast Implant on August 16, 2019. The case is Jane Doe I, et al. v. Allergan, Inc., et al..”The women who filed the lawsuit said they wouldn’t have gotten Biocell implants if they knew about the cancer link. Neither of the women have BIA-ALCL”, from Insider.
2. Girard Sharp filed a class action against Allergan on August 27, 2019, see complaint and information.
3. The Baumstark Firm LLC, Williams Dirks Dameron LLC, and Shell Law & Tax filed Tauben v. Allergan class action on September 20, 2019, see complaint.
4. On October 8, 2019 Megan McBride filed a class action lawsuit against Allergan with Levin Papantonio in the Central District of California. The Class is defined as “All women in the US who have implanted BIOCELL Textured breast implants and/or BIOCELL Tissue Expanders that were voluntarily recalled by Defendants on July 24, 2019.” In an email Megan sent out, she said: “If you fall within this category, you should make sure you have your implant records and keep them in a safe location. Also keep any records concerning the treatment of your recalled implants.”
Contact Megan McBride at (850) 450-1837 or email [email protected]. See Dampier Law Firm Breast Implant Related Illnesses.
Scroll below to Canadian Breast Implant Lawsuit Legal Firms.
Lee Seung-joon, with Lincoln Law firm, is the lawyer who is preparing the Korean breast implant class action lawsuit against Allergan.
Kantor & Kantor – Explants Denied by Insurance Claims:
Kantor & Kantor law firm in California was able to get an explant insurance denial overturned. See Coverage for Breast Explant Surgery Was Denied – Kantor & Kantor Stepped In and Got the Denial Overturned (June 2019).
They are now interested to speak to women who have had to pay out-of-pocket for explant and have had explant insurance denials from: BCBS California, BCBS of Illinois, BCBS of Montana, BCBS of New Mexico, BCBS of Oklahoma, or BCBS of Texas. Please contact attorney Cari Schwartz if you meet these case criteria and are interested in filing a lawsuit, her contact number is (818) 886-2525.
Canadian Breast Implant Lawsuit Legal Firms:
1. Rice Harbut Elliott
On January 3rd, 2019, the law firm Rice Harbut Elliott (RHE) in Vancouver, BC “has commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against Mentor Worldwide LLC and Johnson & Johnson in a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of British Columbian women who have been affected by” Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants.
“If you have information that may be helpful to the claim, including abnormal blood work results, diagnoses from doctors about breast implant autoimmune disease or anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), pending scheduled or completed explants, or testing of explanted capsules, please leave a message with our office.
Please keep in mind that due to the volume of feedback we have received from women all across Canada, a response may be delayed. Any inquiries about updates in this class action claim will not be answered. We will inform you by email if there are any major developments that may be important for your possible claim. Please keep in mind that litigation is a lengthy process, therefore, it is not unusual for months to go by without an update.
Please note: At present we have not commenced any proceedings for implants of the Mentor saline type or any other brand of implants including those sold and marketed by Allergan Inc., Inamed Corporation, or Ideal Implant Inc. If you have implants of the Mentor saline type and are suffering from symptoms of Breast Implant Illness, you should seek other legal representation as we have no intention of starting proceedings relating to saline breast implants.
If you have implants sold and marketed by Allergan Inc., Inamed Corporation, or Ideal Implant Inc. we would be interested in hearing from you, in light of the recent recall in the European Union of those products, as found here.”
If you live in Canada and have Allergan or Mentor implants, you can register for the class action by filling out the forms at: rhelaw.com/class-action-allergan/ (for Allergan implants) or rhelaw.com/mentor-breast-implants/ (for Mentor implants). This is being shared through this Facebook post.
September 2019 Update:
“The current status of the litigation is that we have served the Courts documents on all of the Allergan companies. We are waiting for a lawyer to be appointed to the Allergan defendants and thereafter we will be scheduling a date for a first Court appearance. Updates will be provided periodically on our website.”
Allergan Recalled Textured Breast Implants – MSP Funded Explant Surgery in B.C.
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 certain factors are met including grade three contracture, rupture, medical purposes, or a prior mastectomy. 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.
2. LPC Lawyers Inc and Tigers Banon Inc
Two Canadian law firms based in Montreal, Quebec, LPC Lawyer Inc and Tiger Banon Inc, have requested to file a potential class action lawsuit against Allergan, Mentor, and Ideal for their textured breast implants. The two primary reasons are for the increased risks of cancer and of rupturing. See Case No. 500-06-000966-198. Read more on CTV News and Global News.
3. Thomson Rogers and Ronchon Genova LLP
“On May 23, 2019, Thomson Rogers and Rochon Genova LLP issued a class action on behalf of Canadians who were implanted with breast implants manufactured and distributed by Allergan plc and several of its affiliates.” See Canadian Class Action against Breast Implant Manufacturer Allergan to read more.
For further information or to be included in the Allergan Implants class action, please contact Kate Cahill at 416-868-3120 or toll-free at 1-888-223-0448 or by email.
4. Gluckstein Lawyers
Gluckstein law firm in Toronto is filing cases nationwide against Mentor for smooth and textured breast implants. You do not have to be explanted to file a claim. Jordan Assaraf is the attorney handling these cases. Contact the law firm at 1 (416) 788-4851 and ask for Vafa.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE INFORMATION ON LAWSUITS FILED AND TO VIEW THE LAW FIRMS FOR EACH CASE.
Mentor Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuits:
Lawsuit Filed Against Mentor Worldwide Over Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants
(September 28, 2016)
A Seattle woman, Sara Ebrahimi, has filed suit against Mentor Worldwide LLC and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., alleging the defective manufacturing of Mentor MemoryGel™ Silicone Breast Implants. The lawsuit alleges that Mentor and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, repeatedly failed to follow the requirements imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in connection with the approval of Mentor’s premarket approval application. It is further alleged that the companies failed to warn the FDA and women receiving the implants of the devices’ known dangerous propensities. The lawsuit — Ebrahimi v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, et al. (case no. 2:16-cv-07316-DMG) — was filed in the Central District of California in Los Angeles, where Mentor is headquartered.
Mentor develops, manufactures, and markets products for surgical and non-surgical procedures, including Mentor MemoryGel™ Silicone Breast Implants. The lawsuit alleges that chemicals Mentor used in the manufacturing process bled through the implants, and into Ms. Ebrahimi’s body, causing her to suffer serious medical problems. It is alleged that Mentor and Johnson & Johnson knew that their devices were defective, yet allowed them to be surgically implanted in Ms. Ebrahimi and other unsuspecting women. It is further alleged that Mentor and Johnson & Johnson failed to warn the FDA of these risks by not providing adequate follow-through studies.
Mentor MemoryGel™ Silicone Breast Implants are regulated medical devices under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act that require FDA approval. As a condition of approval, the FDA required that Mentor conduct six post-approval studies to demonstrate, over time, that its silicone implants were safe and effective. The lawsuit alleges that Mentor failed to design effective studies and, as a result, failed to provide the FDA with the longitudinal studies that were required as a condition to the devices’ approval. It is alleged that:
It was Mentor’s obligation to design and execute a study where women were able to access internet forms that are easily understood and provide a working forum to report their experience with implants. Mentor intentionally and systematically failed to make this happen which is a violation of the FDA’s conditions for approval. Data collection was sparse and potential serious side effects and harmful complications were downplayed and under-reported due to inadequate sample size.
Ms. Ebrahimi is represented by the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, which has decades of experience litigating complex cases involving defective products that harm consumers. They are currently not accepting any new clients for breast implant cases until they can get passed preemption.
This lawsuit influenced a new wave of breast implant litigation. Its research is being used as a template being replicated by the following lawsuits below.
Due to Federal Preemption laws, this case was dismissed and in January 2019 was moved to the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit. The same had previously happened with Weber v. Allergan.
In October 2019, in the Weber v. Allergan case, the Ninth Circuit upheld a summary judgement order entered in favor of Allergan. In March 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal of the Ninth Circuit ruling.
In May 2020, Ebrahimi v. Mentor lost the appeal as well.
Rexina Mize, et al. v. Mentor Worldwide LLC
(February 2nd, 2017)
The case is Mize v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, No. BC-649083, California Superior Court (Los Angeles). In March 2017, the case was transferred and reassigned to the federal judge handling Ebrahimi v. Mentor and the case number was changed to CV 17-1747 DMG (KSx). Some federal court documents are viewable for free on Court Listener. In August 2017, the case was remanded back to state court. To search the case see lacourt.org and enter BC649083 as the case number.
Her husband, Spouse Plaintiff Minh Nguyen, is also suing Mentor on loss of consortium.
They are represented by Jennifer Lenze at the Lenze Lawyers Law Firm in Manhattan Beach, CA, Jason Jordan at Jordan Law in Denver, Colorado, and Angwin Law Firm.
From the article, Johnson & Johnson Unit Sued Over Leaking Breast Implants:
“We believe the problems with Mentor’s silicone implant are pervasive and may have harmed thousands of women,” Moss said. “This suit may be just the tip of the iceberg.”
“The suit filed yesterday contends Mentor officials failed to warn Mize, who says she’s suffering from pain, nausea, skin rashes and extreme fatigue, and her physician about “the risk of serious defects and life-altering complications” tied to the leaking implants.”
In July 2020, Mize won the Court of Appeal, from Justia US Law:
The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment and entered an order overruling the demurrer to the third amended complaint. The court held that the tort claims in this case survive preemption because they are premised on conduct that both violates the Medical Device Amendments (MDA) to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and would give rise to a recovery under state law even in the absence of the MDA. The court also held that plaintiffs pleaded the requisite causal connection between their injuries and Mentor’s tortious acts to survive a demurrer. Finally, the trial court erroneously sustained Mentor’s demurrer to the loss of consortium claim because it was derivative of the other claims.
Catherine Gravitt, et al. v. Mentor Worldwide LLC
(July 25th, 2017)
The case is Gravitt et al v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, No. 1:2017cv05428, Illinois Northern District Court (Chicago). Catherine Gravitt and her husband Travis Gravitt are the plaintiffs who filed against Mentor, see Complaint. She was implanted with textured Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants in 2010 and in 2016 she discovered a rupture. Health complications included abnormal thyroid levels, swollen lymph nodes, severe and random skin rashes, blackouts and periods of disorientation, extreme fatigue and weakness, muscle soreness, frequent flu like symptoms, anxiety, depression, and more. Additionally it is alleged she gave birth to a son and daughter who both developed defects related to the toxic materials leaking from her breast implants. See docket and the news article, “Couple’s lawsuit faults California breast implant maker.“
In January 2018, the case was in part able to pass federal preemption. See Memorandum Opinion and Order and news article, “Mentor Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuit Not Preempted, Cleared To Proceed: Judge.”
In June 2018, the case was again in part able to pass federal preemption. See Memorandum Opinion and Order. Unfortunately, a majority of the alleged claims were dismissed with prejudice (permanently) and only one was allowed through preemption:
“Remaining Claim … that Mentor had information suggesting that MemoryGel ruptures were more frequent than what it reported to the FDA, and thus that Mentor ‘concealed its knowledge of known safety risks,’ including the true risk of MemoryGel implants bleeding, ‘from the FDA and the public,’ in part by failing to update its product labeling.
… In sum, Plaintiffs’ allegation that Mentor underreported the frequency of MemoryGel ruptures is sufficient to support their negligence and product liability claims. … Were Plaintiffs to prove that Mentor concealed the true rate of rupture of MemoryGel implants, Mentor may have breached its state law duty to warn potential customers–and their physicians–of the product’s risks. …
Mentor’s motion to dismiss is granted in part and denied in part Plaintiffs may proceed with Catherine’s claim that Mentor violated its state tort law duties by concealing that the risk of gel bleed associated with MemoryGel was higher than the company publicly revealed, and with Travis’s associated consortium claim. The other claims are dismissed. … [T]he dismissal is with prejudice.” (pages 24 and 25).
They are represented by Ryan A. Margulis of Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP in Deerfield, Illinois and Andy Dogali of Dogali Law Group, PA in Tampa, Florida.
Renee Cashen, et. al v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, Ethicon, and Johnson & Johnson
(April 27th, 2018)
The case is Cashen et al v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Renee Cashen and her husband Richard Cashen are plaintiffs. In February 2008, she was implanted with textured Mentor MemoryGel Siltex Round Moderate Gel Breast Implants. After implantation, she was discharged from the post-market study she had been enrolled in. In 2016, she noticed a lump under her right armpit. A month later a biopsy was done and ALCL was discovered but it took several weeks later until her doctors associated it with her Mentor breast implants. In May 2016, Mrs. Cashen had explant surgery and six lymph nodes removed. In July 2017, she began chemotherapy treatments. The Defendants allegedly failed to comply with their post-approval surveillance obligation.
They are represented by Ross Feller Casey, LLP and McEldrew Young, both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Vieira et al v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC et al
(June 27th, 2018)
Nicole Vieira and Emilia Barozzi filed complaints in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC711663. Plaintiffs were implanted with Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants and afterwards they “experienced various medical complications, including fatigue, weakness, memory loss, and nausea.” After explantation it was discovered that the implants’ silicone gel had bled. The complaint alleges mistakes in Mentor’s manufacturing of the implants and defects in the silicone used. These resulted in silicone gel to bleed and therefore triggered the medical complications.
In July 2018 the case was moved to Federal Court, Case No. 2:18-cv-06502, and in September it was remanded back to Los Angeles Superior Court. To search the case see lacourt.org and enter BC711663 as the case number.
They are represented by Lenze Lawyers, PLC in Manhattan Beach, California; Finson Law Firm, LLP in Playa Vista and Marina Del Rey, California; and by Angwin Law Firm in Los Angeles, California. Unfortunately in August 2019, this case was dismissed.
Jacob v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC
(January 29, 2019)
Lalitha Jacob, M.D., filed the complaint pro-se in Florida Middle District Court, Case No. 8:19-cv-00229. She was implanted with Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants in 2007. She developed “severely disabling and life-threatening lupus-like syndrome affecting almost every organ in the body.” In 2019, upon explantation, a rupture was discovered. The case alleges “severe systemic chemical and heavy metal toxicity affecting the entire body.”
Gale et al v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC
(February 14, 2019)
Jamie Gale and Amber Brooks filed a complaint in US District Court for the District of Kansas (Federal Court), Case No. 2:2019cv02088. Plaintiffs were both implanted with Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants and developed a myriad of adverse symptoms. Brooks had elevated metal levels in body, including barium, tin, mercury, strontium, aluminum and copper. After explantation, silicone was found in tissues in Brook’s chest. Gale had extracapsular silicone that leaked out of the implants and capsules into her body.
They are represented by Lenze Lawyers, PLC in Manhattan Beach, California; Dogali Law Group in Tampa, Florida; and Preuss ∣ Foster in Leawood, Kansas.
Billetts et al v. Mentor Worldside, LLC
Plaintiffs are Brittany Billetts, Leah Johnson, Cornelia Ditto, and Ann Delmonico, with Case No. 2:2019cv02079.
They are represented by Lenze Lawyers, PLC in Manhattan Beach. Unfortunately in August 2019, this case was dismissed
Allergan Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuits:
Nicole Weber v. Allergan No. 13-17017 (9th Circuit 2015)
The case was filed in 2012.
“Weber appealed the district court’s dismissal of Weber’s diversity action brought against Allergan Inc, asserting strict product liability and negligence, and alleging that Allergan’s Natrelle Style 20 [silicone] breast implants are dangerous.” (Sept 21, 2015). See youtube video on her 9th Circuit court hearing. (The opposing attorney talks at 37:00)
Her amended claim was found to adequately state parallel state law claims (Oct. 23, 2015).
“Weber has identified to the extent possible without discovery, the standards she believes the manufacture of her implants violated, adequately stating parallel state-law claims.” the court said.
In October 2019, in the Weber v. Allergan case, the Ninth Circuit upheld a summary judgement order entered in favor of Allergan. In March 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal of the Ninth Circuit ruling.
Vivian Skelton v. Allergan – BIA-ALCL
The case was filed as Skelton v. Allergan, No. BC696400 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It was transferred to California Central District Court and the case number was changed to 2:18-cv-02617. She was diagnosed with breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, this is an Allergan BIA-ALCL Lawsuit.
Rhea v. Allergan – BIA-ALCL
(May 8th, 2018)
Michele Rea and Carl Rea from Fairfax, Virginia filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey in May 2018, see case here.
From Ross Feller Casey in ‘Another Lawsuit Alleges Breast Implants Cause A Rare Cancer‘:
Rea underwent reconstructive surgery for a partial mastectomy in 2011. About five years later, she was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which was caused by a Natrelle Style 410 [highly cohesive silicone gel] implant made by Allergan, Inc., the suit alleges.
They are represented by Ross Feller Casey, LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Allergan Saline Lawsuits:
In Jacksonville, Florida, the law firm of Terrell Hogan is filing hundreds of lawsuits against two local plastic surgeons – Dr. Loren Clayman and Dr. Mark Clayman. There are also allegations of fraud, as well as a lawsuit against Allergan.
“I represent about 150 women,” said Attorney Chris Shakib.
Shakib, the lead attorney in the case, called his findings unbelievable.
For further information, see articles on this here (June 1st, 2016) and here (November 29th, 2016).
German Woman Wins Disability From Silicone Breast Implants
In May 2020, a woman in Germany won a two year case for disability from breast implant illness. She was initially denied disability so she started a lawsuit.
In November 2019, the court assigned a psychiatrist who told her breast implant illness did not exist and said her illness was caused by social media.
The woman did not accept this decision and applied for a second review. In February 2020, she was assigned an environmental medicine specialist, Dr. med. Martin Schata in Düsseldorf, who ran extensive blood work. In May 2020, she got her new decision:
Chronic inflammation in multiple organs, chronic fatigue as a result of immune response to silicone breast implants. Disabled 60%.
Visit the German BII website (Krank Durch BrustImplantate) and German FB group (Krank Durch Brustimplantate – Breast Implant Illness DE) for more information. The woman in the lawsuit is the founder of the first German BII FB group, linked above.
Separate from the court case but relevant to the matter, she found a German lab called CellTrend that is doing a study on the harm of breast implants to the immune system. Their test for this is called POTS Diagnostic and costs around €467.
Medical Device Safety Act 2019 H.R. 2669
Please sign and support the Medical Device Safety Act 2019 H.R. 2669, a bill introduced to restore an injured consumer’s rights to sue Class III medical devices that are currently being preempted by federal protection.
Breast implants are categorized as Class III medical devices (along with hip implants, pacemakers, cardiac stents, etc) and are very difficult to sue due to the 2008 Supreme Court case, Riegel v Medtronic which gave broad federal protection to manufacturers. To sue a manufacturer, one would need a product liability case and these are generally governed by state laws under theories of negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. The Supreme Court ruling with Riegel created a precedent for preemption of state laws, essentially citing that Class III medical devices are solely accountable to the regulations and surveillance of the FDA. After Riegel, the only way to sue is to assert parallel state law claims where one must prove the manufacturer deviated from a guideline they were approved by (a violation of a federal requirement, such as a FDA guideline), the violation of an identical state law, and how that violation of that federal requirement caused injury.
“What does this mean? It means that patients who are harmed by Class III medical devices have a very difficult, if not impossible, time pursuing litigation if injured, disabled, or killed by a Class III medical device. The manufacturers are, in essence, protected. Most Class III cases get thrown out on the grounds of Federal Preemption.
The purpose of this bill is to restore a patient’s right to litigation should he/she be harmed by a Class III medical device. Even decades after the FDA’s pre market approval of a Class III device, if it is proven to be ineffective or proven to cause harm, individuals still cannot hold the manufacturer liable for injury, even in the case of a recall.”
Example of Federal Preemption:
Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implant complaints generally allege that had Mentor more “substantially complied with the PMA, rather than flagrantly underperforming the post-approval requirements … [its] disclosures would have led to much wider knowledge of the risks associated with [its] products.”
A judge in part agreed, stating “It is true that the complaint alleges that each such deficiency in Mentor’s post-PMA studies amounts to an independent ‘failure to comply with the [the FDA’s] post approval requirement[s].” and thus that each ‘constituted a ground for withdrawal of the PMA.'”
Yet the judge responds, “Regardless of the consequences of Mentor’s flawed implementation of the required post-PMA follow-up studies, the FDA not traditional state tort law, establishes the requirements for conducting those studies. … ‘[T]he relationship between a federal agency and the entity it regulates is inherently federal in character because the relationship originates from, is governed by, and terminates according to federal law.’). … To the extent the [FDA] was concerned about those gaps but ‘did not take … action against’ Mentor, that decision ‘rest[s] within the enforcement authority of the FDA, not this [c]ourt.‘”” Source: Gravitt et al v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC Memorandum Opinion and Order, June 2018, pages 13, 17, and 18.
Essentially, the FDA has sole sovereignty over class III medical devices and the manufacturers.
The Medical Device Safety Act H.R. 2164 would create an amendment that would allow product liability state laws to not be barred by federal supremacy. Therefore it would allow an avenue to get justice again and hold the manufacturers accountable to the harm they have caused. See “Why You Should Care About the Medical Device Safety Act”.
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Hi hun I understand completely understand your situation. I had in 1999 Siltex Mammary Textured Mentor Prothesis. I had a lifetime warranty as well. I had my own business, I worked daily. Slowly I started feeling tired. I had to have a mammagram. Well i was never informed I was not suppose to have a regular one, I should have a MRI. So I ended up with a rupture. Went to my doctor , asked him about what to do, he informed me he would not replace just one , he would replace both and charge me too. Although I had a warranty So i got down and did some deep diving on these companies I have in their own words stating we can never let them find that out. They thought it had been destroyed. Back in 1999 Natrelle and Allegen were working together. Anyway spelling all their names wrong. They ended up selling to Mentor. Mentor had to go thru FD and get approval to even use them due to they were taken down by the other companies. So Siltex Textured Mammary Prothesis was put under a PMA, for 10 Yrs. Report all damages to clients, run a small trail, and keep an eye on how well they did. I have it all in my computer. Anyway i have a lot to use. And it’s just not medical defect cover – up , it’s medical device that caused health damaged, Knowing , ETC, Much More
I would like information. I have had 3 sets of implants, the most current were in 2008. I have a history of capsular contraction, in 2013 I started to get red legs and swell mostly on my right side, I also became pregnant. I continued to swell and started feeling overall unwell. My bloodwork began to change drastically, I became very sick and I ended up losing the baby at the 8 week mark. I continued to decline and now have swollen lymph nodes, 30 lbs of fluid gain, bloodwork trippin, butterfly rash on my face, can’t touch me, all muscles and nerves are hypersensitive, pitted edema has now shown up in my face and legs, joints are freezing (morning time I can’t move my arms frozen in fetal position) Fibromyalgia was diagnosed and Rheumatoid dr states I show signs of autoimmune issues. Fast forward to 2020, I have not been diagnosed with Lupus although I show signs, my vision is changing, diagnosed not with early glaucoma, connective tissue disorder is now been diagnosed, my uterus is prolapse, bladder is falling and rectum, my trachea now seems to having major issue causing jam pain and alignment of my jaw to be off due to trachea not allowing it to sit in normal position. I will have a full hysterectomy this year (2021, delayed due to covid) and have been suffering for 8 years now. I have weight gain I can’t control, some days are worse than others due to edema, I am increasing having kidney issues since I have been on prescription diuretics’ for 8 years as well. I am now looking into spend another 15k to remove these deadly bags and spend the rest of my life trying to deal with deformity I will be left with. I now also have to worry about the cancer connection, I have Mentor textured silicon implants, yay for me!
Interested in any lawyers handling class action lawsuits against Mentor in Canada, all breast implant types of someone could email what info there is available. Thank you
Hi, I am also curious and praying there is a way to get money back with Mentor implants? I have a following on my social media who are coming to me asking if they can get money. I would love to help a lot of woman. Does anyone have information on this? 💕
lenze lawyers ditched the suits they had 2 times … dogalilaw is taking over
lenze is shady
Hi I have Silimed textured implants. I have read that these have been banned in many countries. I am wondering if anyone has information on these specifically and if there are any lawsuits and or ways to get the explant paid for. I have pretty severe BII symptoms.
I am interested in updates; thank you!
i just want to toss out a warning to be cautious of .. i am jane doe from maricopa in the berger & montage class action .. or i should say was! they had me sign into contract with them and clearly knew my implants had been removed months prior to signing for almost a year we were in communication about the case and last week i recurved a message that they were dropping me from the class action due to the fact i had mine removed before the recall . which to me it shows that when i chose to explant it was not because i knew i had recalled implants but the fact that they were making me so sick. they added it was to help women recover costs and money to have the recalled implants removed . so i guess to them that the struggle i had to come up with explant money (which took me two years of complete misery getting sicker and sicker made it hard to work my full time job turned into a 10 hour a week job that i had to keep being a single mom with bills to pay saving was near penny’s, i had been saving for my daughters headstone who passed away june 17,2011 and had to make the hardest choice of my life …take the chance unsure it was the problem but was desperate for my health since i had ny 2nd child who was finishing up her highschool years when i was at my worst, all she has known her entire life is her mom was always sick. i got my implants mcghan (allergan) biocell 168 textured implants july 1995, 1996 i carried my second child to 6 months then lost the baby (my first child who passed was a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby) in 1997 my youngest was born prematurely after having been ordered 5 months of bed rest she was 4 pounds and the rest of her life is my implant hell) so i decided that my health would be what my daughter would want me to have so what i had saved went towards my surfy to explant i borrowed the rest . to this day my daughter does not have a headstone and in the time lost they tased the cost of it 3000 ontop of the original 5 grand …and i’m still laying back my loan . so if that’s not enough to be careful a law firm that does not really have real compassion to want to help all women suffering that these implants have caused them then i guess they did me a favor it just would have been nice since there’s so much time one has to file and they locked 8 mo plus of my time with a lame excuse as if they had no idea i had removed them and that i did not need compensation for mine because they were already paid for . it’s going to take me years to pay back that surgery and replace the headstone savings and i felt that was unprofessional and untrusting and you want a honest trusting attorney to handle your case or you will get screwed . just like berger & montage screwed me of time and other opportunities that passed. so choose wisely and ask all the questions you can and want remember in the end they are working for you
Just wanting to know if there is an actual lawsuit for mentor breast implants going on?
I am looking also. Was implanted with MENTOR Silicone in 2008. Have been progressively getting more ill every year since. Please send me info if you have found representation. Thank you.
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YES they are in
I want to know also. I have been ill from my Mentor implants, gradually getting worse. I have silicone in my spleen & lymph nodes. Assuming I will have to live with misery and fear the rest of my days. As far as I know, there is no way to purge this toxin from my system. Any info. Would be helpful and appreciated. I feel like we are living a David & Goliath nightmare. 4057402000 C Shaw
Anyone want to know answers, I am part of dow corning implant litigation and wow has industry LIED so much and gotten away with it. Not all implants are bad. Way too many getting sick still, although different reasons than back before 1990’s. WHAT THIS SORRY JUDGE did and FDA has done is to allow IMPLANT MFG get away with MURDER. THEY LIE and put out publication and hired people to hire people in medical publications TO LYE by twisting the truth to even the DOCTORS, which is why your having so much trouble with the doctors not getting it.
IN THE 1980’s, that long implant issue was published over and over > is implants bad? Are you depressed or frustrated and mad as hell? <
if your do NOT feel your depressed, why the hell you taking that crap for it. OR IF its not alot better or your not cured, WHY YOU KEEP TAKING IT!
TREAT IT LIKE CANCER…… I regained some form of a moderate life by treating it like cancer, In fact 2 yrs ago I did get cancer. I have gone off about 20 RX,… yep ! went off so many things. I have now cured or put in remission so many diseases i had, PLUS doing so much better and finally clear-headed with little pain at all doing the things I just shared. And trust me, i tried every miracle cure there was I could find, grasping at ANYTHING that might help all these years. I feel like i have come out of a long coma.
ITS UP TO YOU. FIND A DESCENT DO family doctor asking first when you call if they ARE DO MD, and also work with alternative health. ALL MINE ARE and it makes a big difference.
Mine are medical too. but that way they also KNOW and combine. IT IS UP TO YOU NOT TO ALLOW THEM TO HIDE YOUR ISSUE WITH RX's vs CURING it so you can have a normal life, or a normal moderate one vs not being functional, which THIS WILL MAKE YOURS.
And GET THEM OUT if you have not and your sick.
these are the ONLY WAY it will change if YOU change and willing to do whatever it takes.
AND TRUST ME, committing to life changes such as juicing, diet, even talking if really sick on a treadmill or going oFF pain killers can be touch.(and depressants IF you're not depressed) just wean yourself off over a month's time. YOU CAN DO IT. tell your doctor you're DOING IT. they will help. And do not be taking such 'WITHOUT NUROLOGIEST giving you test to PROVE your chemically imbalanced too! Dont allow doctors to do that to you if you dont feel you are just because you feel lost that no doctor can find out what's wrong with you! know the difference. learn there is a difference. And of course, if you ARE chemically depressed stay on them, but ask them to check your medically to show you test that you are.
AFTER what i went through, GOD ONLY KNOWS if they STILL have mishaps and recalls on batches. They got away with it before clearly, so when one can do this, they do it again! One's Character has a way of repeating itself, especially in today's world where morals and doing what is right, is placed on sidelines for Greedy. THEY MAKE BILLIONS so whats a few million if they get caught and have to payout. EVEN if it cost the a Billion, they have profited, so they don't care. Sad, Wrong, but that is the bottom line and truth. We are just their pawns.
so, its UP TO YOU to fix yourself.
WHICH IS HARDER! 6 months, and 2 months a year after to be healthy again OR LIFE OF SICKNESS?
in 30 yrs, is the ONLY WAY I have found that 100% WORKS.
MANY like me out there too. LEFT BEHIND. I hope this helps you to understand what happened in all this.
And those who are becoming sick, who knows. Maybe they STILL have issues or have an issue again, or your just one of those who have an allergic reaction.
if so, sad to say you joined the same family now as many of us went through in 80's over RECALL that was allowed not to recall it and hide it. even today still hiding it…
I hope this helps you, even if it just helps ONE person, it been worth the typing of it all.
oh, yea… took 18 months but this has fixed the cancer issue too. yea.
just not the spine or muscles due to too much damage for too long sadly, but at least I am more functional now.
And i put my name on it cause I love for them to try to come after me for truth. That would be my lucky day.
(deceiving greedy implant mfg lying bastards is what they are).
I have breast implants under the muscle and had surgery for cancer lymph nodes dissected I’ve been shocked in this hand and my breast implants have been hurt several times I need legal assistance the hand I was shocked and leads up to the breast that had cancer in the lymph nodes and they kept hurting me anyway
Hi Laura. How are you doing? Any improvement? Just curious about the dilated blood vessels on you hand and arm. I have the same issue, and am trying to find a connection to the breast implants I have. Have horrible symptoms all over my body, and had the implants put in in March of this year. So it’s hitting me pretty hard and fast.
I need a lawyer ..they hurt my implants for 2 years..I got shocked in this hand and they’ve continue to hurt me through this hand into this is the arm that I had breast cancer that leads to my breast I also had my lymph nodes dissected
Crystal here from Texas… I am currently going through multiple health issues due to my silicone mentor memory gel under the muscle implants. I just recently found out what has been happening to me. I’ve though for so long that I was just falling apart from age. This is so infuriating I have my explant consultation appointment coming up this month thank god! Looking for any law firms taking the these cases in Texas. Please help I will not stop until I have answers and removal of these sack of disease trying to kill me! Gods on my side I will not stop! *Law firms for mentor cases in Texas please reach out *
As I read through these comments and have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines chronic fatigue Lyme disease with no evidence of actual lyme Hashimoto’s heat and cold intolerance pins and needles fog of the brain my life is fucking ruined I need help I am everything on those symptoms and the doctors with the last 1500 some odd days have been telling me it’s in my head I’ve been tested for MS lupus I have so much going on I’m on disability. My entire world is me being so sick I can’t do anything
You have same diagnosis’ that I have been given. My Hemiplegic Migraine left me hospitalized on the Stroke Unit twice! Happened in 2017. I couldn’t walk or talk for four months. I was given SSDI IMMEDIATELY! I have gone through SO much testing. Was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. All the Doctor’s I’ve seen have poo poof my question of BII. I am also looking for a Law Firm to take on MENTOR. Please stay in touch with me. 949.432.8171.
I just had my breast implants removed Silimed, I had them for 8 years and for 8 years I have been so sick. Back and neck pain, my lungs collapsed, hair loss, dry skin, night sweat, and since November I started to have mouth ulcers, eye inflammation and throat pain. After many Doctor’s visits in April I got diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease Pemphigus Vulgaris. I removed my implants 2 month’s ago but the healing process is a nightmare because this autoimmune disease causes inflammation and around the scars is causing inflammation that looks like burning. I need a Lawyer because Silimed implantes have destroyed my life.
I am having all these issues. Something needs to be done. I reached out to the company, mentor this is the reply I received
I’ll give you the phone number and email for our warranty department: 1-866-250-5115, [email protected] please contact our team if you have any other questions regarding your complaint.
Not surprised unfortunately! I have mentor implants as well, and I have so many issues that have gradually decreased my ability to have a functioning life over the past 2-2.5 years.
Crystal, I am in Okla. & also had Mentor. I had them removed last Feb. after learning the reason for my feeling so bad was the rupture and resulting silicone in my spleen and lymph nodes. Not long before that I had misery with my gallbladder & had it out. I have severe arthritis and constant neck & back pain. I too am interested in finding the right attorney. Good luck and God Bless
Following. Just had Mentor textured implants removed at my own expense after horrific health issues r/t contracture & rupture m.
i have had two surgeries for my breasts I had them put in may of 2017 and one deflated in a year in 2018 and had second surgery now I am in capsulated and the other has deflated I have been Botched and these money hungry plastic surgeons keep making me pay for there mistakes. I have 7000 dollars in really messed up breasts I have pain every day and my plastic surgeon said its not his fault he did nothing wrong he said he can go in and put more saline in my right breast but my husband is a nurse and said your breast is deflated and he cannot do that I then called doctor he said he has done nothing wrong but he can put more saline in the breast to make it look like the encapsulated breast so they were the same size I told him no and went to a different plastic surgeon and he said there is no way he could fill a deflated breast and now its 7000 more to fix them I am really concerned that these two mentor breasts deflated one in 9 months and the second in less than two years he told me it had a pin hole in first haw do you get a pin hole
I had breast cancer in 1994 six months after have the saline implants I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have gone down rapidly in the last 10 years. I did not know about this until a friend told me she had hers removed. I am interested in any information I can gather
I live in Indiana and within the first two years after receiving implants I started developing all of the symptoms shown. I had a rupture in about 3 to 4 years, and had to have new implants put in, they are the rough textured implants, and my health started going down hill even faster. I was diagnosed with fibromayalgia, PTSD, arthritis, and had to have a hysterectomy due to uncontrolled bleeding within two years of getting implants. I am even at the point of kidney failure without any known cause for it. I have been suffering for 30 years now.
I had mentor saline smooth for 11 years, tested positive for infection in chest. I had them removed In May this year and still have debilitating fatigue about to be fired from my job for being on leave since February. Is anyone in my boat are there any lawsuits?
Hello. I had Mentor saline put in in 2003. Had a full body rash for first 2 years. LYME disease & fibromyalgia symptoms for 11 years , had my thyroid removed for Graves’ disease that doesn’t run in my family. Had a debilitating cough that got so bad I thought I was going to drown. Got so bad I just didn’t know how much longer I could take it. I was complaining about one of my implants to my co-worker and she said, maybe your cough is from your implants. She got me googling, I got them out this passed November & my cough is sooo much better! I can actually lay Down without drowning. I can sleep through the night. I just can’t believe it. I am so mad. I don’t know about any lawsuits. I am looking into it now because I am so upset that this was my problem the entire time.
Allergan breast implant illness lawyers
Hi, do you know of a law firm who are filing a class action for Allergan recalled implants?
Lana since you aren’t aware of what a class action lawsuit is, I need to tell you. You as an individual with YOUR OWN problems resulting from implants are treated like cattle and you will get pennies on the dollar while the attorneys WHO WERE NOT INJURED, rake in all the money. THIS IS AN INSULT TO ANYONES INTELLIGENCE TO BE PART OF A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. Dont waste your time being herded into absolute ignorance of which you and the other victims do NOT receive one BENEFIT. These predators will drag your life out and offer you 100.00 while they make millions. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?
I am looking for an attorney in salt lake city UT. Explanted July 1. Recalled textured 401 cohesive implants for 5 yrs made me very sick. Never would have allowed anybody to put these in my body had I known the toxic truth about them. Help had double mastectomy yrs prior. I am left concaved and deformed. Nothing on my chest.
I am looking for a lawyer to sue the dr. For misinformed consent, let alone the manufacturer. I live in salt lake city. Double mastectomy when I was 37. Im 53. Reconstruction a yr later with saline implants. In 2014, I explanted the saline ones and replaced with the recalled allergen 401 cohesive textured implants. Very sick with 95 percent of the bii symptoms. Just explanted July 1, 2019. Since I had these recalled implants put in, I had 100,000 in medical services trying to figure out what was happening. I was very very sick. I would not have agreed to have these toxic things put in my body had I been told of the FDAs concerns yrs prior to putting them in. It would have been my choice to be flat minus the yrs of feeling like I was dying and scared. Im concaved and mutilated looking at 53 yrs old. Some symptoms gone, not all but feel better over all. Physical scars/ chest not easy to deal with. Lost my gall bladder and wear hearing aids and vision struggles still.
Please contact me I am about to have surgery and test tumors in my breast and remove my implants.
Does anyone know if you have a percutaneous pre-op implant deflation in the Drs office, will that interfere with any possible future claims? My doctor is recommending that in the office to see if I need a lift. For almost 15yrs I’ve had saline implants with many of these symptoms. Unfortunately, I do not know where my implant card is to know the brand I have. My symptoms got so bad after 3yrs post implant that I had my thyroid removed. Medication couldn’t control my autoimmune thyroid problems that my option was radioactive treatment or total thyroidectomy.
Another question is what is everyone’s experience with sending the implants to pathology? If I do the percutaneous implant deflation how do I send out the fluid that is removed? Anyone have the doctor take cultures? What have your costs been associated with pathology?
Thank you in advance!
Salne implant deflation is not recommended.
(#2) If you have SALINE implants, some plastic surgeons will suggest an office visit to simply drain the implants to “assess” how the breasts change in the coming weeks and then do a surgery to remove the implants. Run away! Do not allow a surgeon to deflate the saline implants while they are still in your body. Saline implants may have faulty valves and can develop microbiological growth, in rare cases even mold (see saline implants and mold). Dr. Pierre Blais states: “Furthermore, many surgeons habitually incorporated pharmaceuticals such as anti-inflammatories and antibiotics with the aqueous solutions of such implants. These compounds degrade to comparatively toxic entities which add their effects to the previously-cited injuries.” Piercing a hole in the implants and then leaving them in the body in that condition leaves the body vulnerable to contamination. En Bloc breast implant removal is the gold standard for all explants, even saline implants. See en bloc ruptured saline implant removal to understand the mess (fragments and fluids) that is contained within the capsules and how important it is that it stays in the capsules instead of contaminating the body. Dr. Urzola does an en bloc saline implant removal and provides an illustration of why saline implants should not be deflated. Dr. Straka demonstrates en bloc removal of breast implants and one comes out with mold.
Additionally, you inquired about pathology and doing cultures of the saline fluid, in that case you would need the implants not to be drained. Mycometrics and Real Time can test saline fluid for mold and microorganisms.
There is a news story of a woman who had saline implants and had her thyroid removed too.
In 1983 I got mauled by a dog leaving me with no beasts, dr put implants in. 2006 Dow recalled n I thought I had them replaced. Well I gave a rupture n found out he never removed n replaced the silicone implants. They are 36 yr old n leaking!!!! Any recourse?
Is it too late to be involved in this? I’m just now finding signs that this may have been the cause of all of my medical issues the past few years.
Hi Trystan, contact lawyers to see if you meet statue of limitations and case criteria. Some law firms have recently picked up interest and many cases are currently being investigated.
Please help me I had mentor silicone implants that ruptured and the doctor didn’t even send them back to mentor as they are supposed to do. He also did part of the procedure in the office as I had MRSA that was in the actual implants. [Lease what can I do
I am definitely interested in filing a suit. I’ve been sick for years. I used to have silicone. Not sure what brand. Was tested for high amounts of silicone years later. Had them replaced in 2013 with Mentor smooth saline and I have about 50 symptoms. I have capsular contracture and am planning to explant in November 2019.
My mentor silicone implants were put in after a bi lat mastectomy in 2009, I had a lot of questions about there safety and was assured that they are 100 percent safe.That was the beginning of the problems that started almost immedediatey. I Have gotten sicker and sicker as time went by. I lost a decade of my life over these toxic bags and in the process of trying to get them out .
I have all of the symptoms and then some. I feel like i am dying. I have textured under the muscle implanted 2015. Ruptured and hardening. I was healthy and now I can not function. I have them removed Thursday on Halloween and I am scared. I don’t hear anything about the company Sientra. I have MRIs, intense migraines every single day. My entire body aches and feels like it is cooking. Please help me.
I had my Mentor Silicone Gel implants put in in August of 2011, I have been suffering for almost 3 years now of unexplained illness, some illnesses much longer. Severe Immune issues, food sensitivities, I developed an allergy to cellulose, I cannot even tolerate most vegetables anymore, extreme diarrhea for almost 8 years, IBS, SIBO, extreme dry eyes and mouth, numbness in my arms, insomnia, extreme anxiety, itching 24 hours per day, chest tightness, developed exercise induced asthma, toxic mold sickness, vision issues, acid reflux, tissue above voice box is swollen and I have polyps in my throat, stomach pain, on and off sore throat and lymph glands in my neck, episodes of extreme cold and over reactive bladder, struggling with bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, low to no limbo, depression, fatigue, body and joint pain, my hair smells weird, chronic inflammation, mineral deficiency, mental fog and confusion. This has taken my life and caused so much emotional stress. I am not able to be the mother, girlfriend, sister or daughter or friend I want to be. I rarely want to leave my house. I am seeing an amazing doctor in Boulder now that I believe is the right person to finally help me. He is doing very extensive testing and I will see him in 4 weeks or so to get results back and have a game plan on how to regain my health and life. It is very expensive but worth every penny if I can finally get my life back, I cannot tell you how much money I have spent the last several years on doctors and tests with no answers. It’s so frustrating and difficult because I feel so alone with very little support, people think you look fine and this is all in your head but this is real. You know your body and health and when things aren’t right. I did take the LRA ELSA/ACT test this website recommended and it showed a moderate reaction to silicone. How can these companies and surgeons allow putting implants in without testing your sensitivities to silicone or all the other toxic materials in implants first? Its literally a $200 test to ensure your health. You can also do a skin patch test with a piece of silicone through an allergy specialist that may have better results than the ELSA test. I am currently working on doing that as well. I called Mentor and they will only give a list of ingredient to your surgeon, so I have my surgeons office trying to get the list. It truly sickens me that money and greed are put before women’s health. If you are experiencing breast impact illness, you are not alone and this is not in your head, I was very healthy and active before my implants.
18 years ago I had implants. I wasn’t aware of anybody having any issues but I just thought I was falling apart. I did not equate it to the implants. Fatigue, upper shoulder and neck pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia, eye problems, low libido. Thank goodness for the Medical Medium, I don’t think I would be alive if I had not been following his protocols and changing my diet. It isn’t easy but at least I think I can hang in their until January 2020 when my explant surgery is scheduled.
My story parallels with Patricia but I developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma to the neck 4 yrs. after implants for reconstructive mastectomy. I am told by doctors that there is no link of my lymphoma and ALCL but could there be an indirect link? Swelling of neck nodes is also a symptom of BII. Also, will Medicare pay for explant with en bloc? I have Allergan textured.
can anybody recommend Doctors for explant surgery?
Hopefully you were helped by now. Highly recommend Dr. Jae Chun, Newport Beach, CA
Dr Christine Kelly in Indiana My wife just explanted last a week ago and she is by far the best around! Curious to know how many women here have received any reimbursement yet by any of the manufacturers??
Dr. Curtis Harris in Mobile, AL is highly recommended and is experienced with the “en-bloc” procedure.
2:2019cv02079 is the case number for billetts v mentor
Hi Ladies I too have Mentor Silicone Gel implants, and waiting to get them removed. Horrible excruxiating pain in joints feet, knees, elbows arms, hair loss, feels like pressure on my head all the time. Chocking feeling like I can’t swallow all the way. Severe exhaustion, I am a triathlete and have no energy, I just lay in bed all the time. Cannot work right now. Do any of you ladies have any suggestions as to what to do now? I may try to settle with Mentor out of court. As well as not get an implant put back in. Has any one had a D removed and was a B cup? I think I may need reconstructive surgery to get them lifted up again. So sad, cannot wait to get these things out of my body!
Thanks so much and sorry everyone is having a horrible time.
Hello all I had Dow Corning implant removed after multi complications. Replaced with Mentor textured saline which I was told safer. Ha!
I now have severe allergies fatigue have had cancer twice. And my immune system is a wreck. Any class action yet for Mentor? I was part of Dow Corning regret replacement. So sick.
Any North Carolina firms taking cases?
I had saline implants implanted in 1999 after dbl mastectomy. I started having encapsulation and pain , and started having severe fatigue and other health problems. My family physician really believed it was the implants that were making me ill.
In 20 years I have been to 8 breast surgeons that refuse to remove the implants. I have 9 auto immune diseases. Why are these surgeons so afraid of admitting that another surgeon might have made a mistake
I am looking for a lawyer I live in VA please I need help I am in severe pain fainting and I can’t sleep I go to any doctor they think I am crazy just complaining they diagnost me with over 10 thing they give meds no thing works I know it’s from my breast implant after only one year all my symptoms come up it’s over 7 years Iam suffering please I need help this is my email [email protected]
I to also live in VA and will be explaining in October in FL. Have you been able to locate an attorney and if so are you willing to share the name? My email is [email protected]
I am explanting next week. Was your manufacturer Allergan?
I had saline implants at the age of 43, by the time I was 45 I started with reflux. It went dow hill after that. I only learned today that the implants could be causing some or all of my health issues. However, at my age someone could easily say all this is due to age. I am not sure how much age has to play into all this but the list of illnesses make me think twice about my health.
I had mentor silicone implants in October 1985. For the past 30 some years, I have been constantly ill with connective tissue/ auto immune issue. I too signed the Mentor/ Dow lawsuit which was never paid out do to bankruptsy by Mentor. Now, I am a near invalid very ill and unable to function due to pain and brain fog. My implants are both ruptured. I have no insurance…. due to my husband loss of insurance/ (employer) as he was
critically ill for much of 2011. This illness left him disabled with vascular dementia. I am his caregiver and can’t even take care of myself.
Any help: suggestions ….. and such would be so appreciated. I am scheduled for explant in April,
I am a 67 year old woman. I had silicone breasts implanted in 1974. I see a surgeon next month. I am scared. They are 45 year old implants. My husband and I were told the implants would last a lifetime. We have been married for almost 51 years and we both regret having the surgery done. I know they need to be removed and hope insurance will cover the Explant as surgery was cosmetic augmentation. Please tell young women that they are beautiful just the way they are. Shame on the FDA for allowing this tragedy to continue.
Have you explanted? Which surgeon did you choose, location? Are you feeling better, regaining some health? Did you have the implants sent for testing? Which tests? Which pathology lab? Sending thoughts for your speedy recovery. (my implants were put in 1984; I am frightened of what condition they are in and what toxins they have put into my body.)
Is there a lawsuit for Mentor silicone gel implants we can join?
Please share your doc’s nsme. So not see any in my area. Thanks A
I have been battling dermatomyositis and sarcoidosis dx in 2014. I had my implants removed immediately. I have been using alternative treatments to battle my Illnesses.
My surgeon who removed my implants found one was torn.
I too developed dermatomyositis…seemed to hit me out of nowhere! Initially thought I had a viral infection contracted on my travels abroad. Having had an ultra sound scan this month that confirms ruptured Mentor implant, I believe that the DM diagnosis coincided with the misbehaving implant.
How are you feeling since the explanation, Carolann? Hope some improvement!
Hi Carolann Kummins,
Hope this finds you in better health and spirits?
Sorry, I didn’t hear back from you, and asking again if your dermatomyositis symptoms are clearing up.Are you still on steroids?
Would appreciate your feedback!
@Carolann how are you doing?
I am sorry that you are going thru this. Have you noticed any improvement since the explant?
Hi Christine. I finally Explanted May 20th. Yes, there were some immediate improvements such as constant neck/shoulder pain and less blurry vision. However,I am still on a low dose of Prednisolone for the dermatomyositis; muscle strength not fully restored yet, but I hear it takes time.
How are you?
I am trying to find an attorney in Colorado who can assist me with a lawsuit to get my implants out. I had my surgery in May 2017. I have chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety; GI issues and candida, appendicitis, ulcers, full body inflammation which lead to severe sciatic pain in my left leg, tinnitus, insomnia, memory loss, brittle nails, horrible mood swings and crying fits, brain fog, inability to concentrate, (my brain will start drifting even while driving!), and acne on my upper torso, back, shoulders, and decolletage, and probably several others that I can’t even think of right now. The anxiety and depression started 3 weeks after surgery. The full body inflammation and sciatic pain started 6 weeks after surgery. Everything else started to build up in the months following the surgery. The appendicitis and emergency removal happened in September 2018.
Another here. Had breast cancer, reconstruction in 2011. Have been disabled and on disability for fibro, chronic fatigue, dizzy, headaches, chronic pain, for over 7+ yrs! Ever since getting implants! Just found out ystrdy from Dr it’s the implants! So mad!!!!! The pain I’ve had to live with! And fatigue! 😡😠😤
Same, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 had reconstruction surgery. Ended up disabled and on disability for various medical reasons. Now, finding out that 99% are related to the implants! So frustrated 😡
I had mentor inplants put in 2007, when I was 26. they always felt soft. I started noticing that I was having pain in both breast, along with joint, muscular pain, night sweats and chronic fatigue but I attributed it to just getting older, mind you I was 35 when I started having issues. At 39 I had explant surgery not knowing that I infact did have BII. My capsules were abnormally thick, and so my doctor decided to send them to pathology. They came back positive for fungus mold and silicon gel. I am so shocked and upset that I havent heard mentor recall their implants.
Hi – My name is Virginia. I have Mentor silicone implants and have been suffering an array of alarming auto immune, viral / bacterial, and lymph symptoms since implant in 2010. I would like to have them removed en bloc but am also seeking the advice of a lawyer in NC or in FL where I had the implants done. Please contact me if anyone can help! Thanks, another sick girl.
Hi there – so sorry that this happened to you. I got my silicone implants done in NC too. I am not diagnosed yet, but I think I have scleradoma. And the pain is unreal. I’d love to know whatnot can find out!
2011 Allergan Implant with Left Rupture.
Sever pain and most all BII symptoms. I had to quit working. I feel like I should be compensated for what I’ve been suffering through and for a defective device
I had reconstruction in 2014 with mentor smooth round moderate plus profile saline. I have suffered with pain under my arm and in my armpit since then. I have had a full hysterectomy, colorectal surgery, and thyroid surgery due to cancers since implants. I ache all over and my hair is falling out. ANY information regarding help please forward
Take them out. You won’t regret it.
Hi, I had implants 9/ 2004 (MENTOR Smooth Round High Profile Saline)
Never really been happy with them, numbness in right side nipple, loss of sensation.
About 8 years ago, started having issues, Vertigo, Severe migraines, always feeling ill, low energy, nausea etc. in 2016 I had a full Hysterectomy after spending years in pain. In 2018 I began on a downward spiral of stomach issues, finally being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I am tired constantly, migraines, sinus issues!
I have gone from being a happy, busy, working mum of 3 to a couch potatoe with no interest in life. Could this be due to the implants ?
Yes. Check out Mentor Saline symptoms reported to the FDA in Adverse Reaction Reports.
Hi Claire. I say absolutely. Please read my statement above. I had mine put in in 2003. Explanted in November 2019. I immediately started being able to sleep like a baby. I can lay on my back without coughing and gagging. I can laugh without coughing and gagging. I was on a nebulizer sometimes 2-5 times a day on bad days. I couldn’t breathe towards the end. I’m in PA looking for a lawyer. I will NEVER have those things put back in my body! There has to be something we can do! I Want to sue Mentor. I had the saline. They were smooth.
I have mentor saline implants (smooth round profile)- that were inserted in 2006. I have breast implant illness, and have been suffering undiagnosed for 5 years, progressively symptoms are getting worse. I would like more information on the lawsuit, and a lawyer. I live in southern NJ.
Same. I had my mentor implants placed dec 2006 and I have had anxiety every sense.
I had Memory Gel implants in 1988 with the manufacturer being Mentor Corp. In 1999 I was diagnosed with severe RA with a blood factor of 150. I had the symptoms about a year or less prior to being diagnosed. Would like to know the procedure to file a lawsuit. Thank You
Hello. I have asked for help but no onhave been sick for years, I had implants over 40 years ago and no one could ev r identify because my surgeon died in 1984. I retained an attorney but since the. She retired and I got so ill in 2007 I was told I was going ro die with neurological disease so I didn’t have implants removed when the settlement was ending as I was too ill. I finally had them removed September 2018. It’s the best thing I ever did but they are heyer Schulte and no one will help me with my case. I am in the mdl 926:suit, but now I don’t know what to do and need help appealing since the settlement for these implants are over. Dr. Pierre blais did the biopsy and told me I did qualify but now I see I don’t, not in USA. Any ideas? I am lost. I have had lupus, lymeand neuropathy and parathesis for so many years I’ve been soooo sick,
I’m in Newmarket Ontario. I have the Mentor brand and type. Could you please send me information on the lawyer or law firm who is doing the class action suit in my area?
I have Mentor saline implants and would like to receive any new information.
Please send me info about class action coz I have breast implants illness
There is also a lawsuit against PIP
Can someone please let me know when, where etc I can find out where the class action suit is being placed in Ontario and how to reach that lawyer?
Hello please email to me the info on lawyers and the center you went to my email is [email protected]. I’m in Miami.
IIn rhe 1990s I became part of the original class action lawsuits. I believe my case, which is still open was sold to another local law firm.. I have no idea what steps to take to find it as I become sick with SEVERE disabling Reumitoid Arthritis, heart disease among other numerous disease and disirders. Can you point me in the right direction? I still have the implants and feel certain they are leaking and are now quite deformed
Is there a lawyer in Toronto that would be willing to take on a case against Allergan ? From having tumour in my spinal cord to 5 or more masses in my breast , to find that one was ruptured and it leaked !! Which having cohesive Gel they should never leak !!
Hi. My name is Alyssa. I am in the Niagara Region. I have Allergan Cohesive gel textured implants. I don’t have a rupture but I am experiencing pain and swelling with my right implant. I’d like to have an en bloc removal. Could you connect with me about a surgeon in the Toronto area?!
My unfortunate wife and our family have been adversely affected by this issue and are looking for legal representation out of FL or NC? pls advise anyone??
Mentor worldwide is the rename its old name was Dow Corning who could not manufacture in US due to settlement. Be aware fhat the implants are not new they were just remarketed under a different design name Allergan memory gel are the Dow Corning implants and filler gels ask for this i vo i. Discovery. JOHNSON AND JOHNSON Became 3M who joined with Baxtor who is now Mentor
I had mentor textured implants in 1990. Auto immune disease. I have kept all my records on them. All through the years had skin rashes heart brain fog totally fatigued through the years. Mine were silicone. Not a healthy way to live with chemicals in your body. Actually like poison.
Hi I am in need of removing my Mentor gel implants and I’m stuck trying to figure out what to put in to replace???? Is anything out there healthy?
I had a bilateral masectomy so no breast tissue or nipple at all.
Don’t get anything unless you use your own fat. The hack who removed my implants left me seriously disfigured. I then went to Dr Melmed in Texas who removed the capsules that the hack didn’t. Not sure what your symptoms are but my implants changed my life and health and they just aren’t worth it.
good luck. Karen
After 28 years my original implants ruptured. Had them replaced in 2009 with Mentor saline. My right one has totally leaked out. My eyes are affected, occasionally skin rashes/spots appear, aches and pains that won’t heal, and cracks in corners of mouth that won’t heal. I asked my surgeon if he was going to use saline (my first were silicone) and he looked me straight in the eye and said “no, your body is used to silicone so that is what I’m using”. Well according to my medical records he used saline. I honestly don’t know what I have. I was able to find out that Mentor warrants them for 10 years. I need help with contacting a lawyer to find out my options and if I can make Mentor pay for removal and all medical bills since insurance won’t cover this. I am totally disabled with a kid in college so I am not able to cover any of this. I’m in Tennessee and in need of any help at all with finding a lawyer. Thanks you
I had dow corning silicone that were ruptured on my chest for years. I cant even ell you the how devastting health wise that has been. I wont even begin the long list of auto immune and cardiac problems ive had. I too had them replaced with Mentor saline. Im trying to fine out if its too late to be a claimant in the Dow Corning classaction suit!! I just found out when Dow Corning went bankrupt due the 4 Billion dollar classaction they just restarted under the “Mentor”name!!! Its been a long road!!! and theres not end in sight. Im medically bancrupt at this point!!
I find find all the help you need??? Take care, I pray for us all!!
I need help, i have many autoimmune disorders, i am weak, i am sick, panic, the list goes on. Please I want them out please. Help me
I am working with Levy Law in NYC who has begun taking inquiries to start a case again Mentor Saline Implants
Contact Brady McLaughlin at 212.605.6243 / [email protected]
I am having all these issues. Something needs to be done. I reached out to the company, mentor this is the reply I received
I’ll give you the phone number and email for our warranty department: 1-866-250-5115, [email protected] please contact our team if you have any other questions regarding your complaint.
To the women out there severely damaged by memory gel silicone MENTOR implants, know there is a cure. I left my state and my family to go to Sponaugle Wellness Center in Florida. They surgically inserted a port and detoxed me for 6 months, daily. I pooped and peed out so much plastic and rubber that it smelled up the apartment and burned the top layers of skin off. It cost me a quarter million dollars, but my lab results definitvely prove that I was chemically poisoned by the exact ingredients in the impants and I plan to sue! These implants leach over time into tissues and the brain. You don’t have to have a rupture to get sick. Get them removed ASAP! I had multiple organ failure and was starving to death (as the chemicals destroyed my gut lining) and left home in a wheelchair, unable to speak well, looking like a Holocaust victim, and I can now walk and talk again and have gained back my weight, although I not totally recovered yet. I cannot work for at least a year, I am told by my doctor. My life and family have been severely implacted, my family was told to prepare for my death and I have very young children. I have severe post traumatic stress from this experience. Still, THERE IS A TREATMENT FOR THIS!!!! You don’t have to be disabled for life. Get treatment, no matter what the cost. Go into debt and then sue. Johnson and Johnson have destroyed millions of lives through their experimental implants.
Hello Rachael, I live in south FL and would like more information on Sponaugle Wellness Center and name of lawyer you are using. I too had mentor, very very ill, explanted in April, and going through hard detox process. Looking for lawyer to go to trial on individual case, rather than class action. Thank you, T @ [email protected]
I’m so sorry about everything you’ve been through. I’m happy to hear you’re beginning to heal. I recently explanted and I have several questions for you regarding the Wellness Center. Will you please email me? [email protected]
Hello please email to me the info on lawyers and the center you went to my email is [email protected]. I’m in Miami.
Rachael: I am so sorry about what happened to you. I had pain from the first time I got the implant on the right side. I have pain and I knew something was not right. I have had severe pain. I couldn’t sleep and I even had another surgery and the dr said that he needs time to heal. He wanted to have 2 more surgeries in Aug and dec. and I wasn’t felling confident with him. I sent to another dr and I knew I needed to take this out of my body. The Dr that I chose was in Aug 28 9 days ago and he said I had so much scar tissue and my entire mentor implant was tore and rupture. This is why I was having sooo much pain. He does not use Mentor- he uses Sientra and now it has only been 9 days but I feel great. Thank God I made the decision to take the implant out- I knew in my heart that something was really wrong and I was in so much pain that I could not work or sleep. Do you have the attorney’s information? I’d like to foloow up with a case please? Thank you! Kelli Altman
Hi Rachel, my first implants were into 003 my second set of implants were and 2016. I’ve been critically sick even more so after my second set of implants. I have mentor saline, I suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, Memory fog,anxiety, depression, I feel like death, there are many days I want to take my own life. Planning to explants this week. I’m looking for help for detox and a attorney that will take my case . If there’s anything I can do before hand to make sure that I do everything possible to be seen and heard please help me With advice. I can guarantee that my implants are the cause of my severe illness. I Can guarantee that the suicidal thoughts that crossed my mind our from mentor breast implants. I can’t remember the last time I laughed, the last time I enjoy being happy, I can’t remember the last time I could properly dry my own body without having to lay across a towel to get dry, or pump my gas without crying for help, life has changed drastically.
I started with Dow Corning silicone that rutured and sat on my chest for years!! I then had explant and mentor saline replaced them. My health and heart health is devastated!! I feel like im dieing daily and with whats gone on I have no idea why iv survived!! Maybe its to fight these bastards!!! lets share any Mentor lawsuit info. I know the first suit was Anita Laux v Mentor worldwide llc. dec 29th 2015. Check it out. Im researching cause I have a super rare auto immune cond thats causeing my small vessels to close making my immune system attack my skin. Ive been covered with bleeding ulcers for 6 and a half years!!
I need information on attorneys in Texas, I had Mentor saline implants put in 18 yrs ago and have had unexplained health issues ever since. My left breast has always hurt and burning and I have had a couple of cyst and tumors removed as well as a lymph node biopsy, I have all the classic symptoms everyone else is describing minus a few and my left arm, shoulder and rib cage area front and back are constantly swollen and painful. I am ready for some relief and want them taken out and ready to heal. Please help
I have the same problems. Did you get any answers? I’ve been told there’s a statute of limitations.
Hello Cathy, deeply sorry to read of your illness, so many of us shared the same story after story. How has this happened yet again? History repeating itself. My question have you had any luck finding attorneys in Texas that would help us with mentor breast implant case? I’m planning on explanting this Thursday 11/15/18 I’m doing everything to figure this out. Suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, I suffer with brain fog,
*hard time concentrating,
*anxiety and depression bouts,
*ringing in my ears,
*shortness of breath,
*gasping for air,
*always freezing, especially my extremities in the beginning,
*achy, stiff hip every morning in the beginning
*excessive hair loss,
*dry skin, hair and eyes,
Slow healing of cuts and scrapes,
*Takes extended amount of time to heal from the common cold,
*Easy bruising,throat clearing, cough difficulty,
*Gastrointestinal and digestive issues as IBS, acid reflex, Gerb, gastritis,
*Fevers night sweats and tolerant to heat/cold,
*Slow clearing of common colds and flu‘s,
*Fungal INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND others listed,
The list Goes on and On.
My explant Dr. in San Antonio, Texas is “(((increably price at $2600 4 explant only)))” he Spent 30 years in the military explanting he is awesome. I now need help with an attorney, detox, help with my next steps
I read your list of ailments before your explant. I have many of the same. My biggest worry is extreme fatigue and am told nothing is wrong. My question for you is how do you feel now that the explant was performed? I would love to hear back from you as my symptoms are getting worse. Thank you.
Please share your doc’s nsme. So not see any in my area. Thanks A
Michelle….who was your doctor?? Do you recommend? Do you feel better?? Thanks
Can I please have the name of your Dr.
I explain ted this morning with Dr. Whitfield in Austin, TX — AWESOME, THOROUGH, COMPETENT doctor!! All my tissue, etc. was set off for biopsy. I am just now able to consider a lawsuit. I am fortunate I had money for the surgery and the YEARS of doctor visits, etc. I am considering a lawsuit because I do not know another way to make my voice heard in a way that could potentially impact the use of these devices for other women, thereby saving them from my experience (or even more severe as suffered by so many!). MY QUESTION: has anyone filed in the Central Texas and can recommend a lawyer? Thanks and blessing to all!
I’m experiencing so many of the named symptoms associate with the implants. I’ve recently a second rupture and was looking for a dr in my area; then after reading all this I want them out -no replacements. I’m looking for a Dr for this in NM that is very familiar with this process and also with options what to do next aesthetically speaking because I’ll be going from dd back to a b cup.
I think mentor should be responsible as this will be yet another operation and all the illnesses associated with having their implants in, deserves compensation. I’m not sure how to go about it. It appears it will be all out of pocket.
I have smooth saline-mentor.
I had Meghan implants put in November 1976. I filed in early 2000″s for the lawsuit against Dow Corning and Maghan. I only have a note from the plastic surgeon describing what he put in me. They wanted hospital records and records from Dr. My surgeon closed up his office several years after my surgery and went to Israel. The hospital also closed it”s doors and another hospital opened up later. I have not been able to get any information from either. I had my implants removed in March 2018 but the casings had been reduced to the size of a quarter. So no implant serial codes were available. I have been sick for several decades and finally went on disability in 2014. Is there anything I can do?
That is the situation that happened to me with my dr not keeping accurate records, he retired and they did not keep patient files after that. I had my implants put in 1988, if I hear of anything I will contact you if you would like me too. Take Care. Cindy
I Hazel had my implants put in California in the 70’s From the medical Board of California information Dr Frank L Gaunt license was revoked 1982 and I could only have relased implants removed was Silastic Implants My implants ruptured I had infection through out my body Impants removed Implants rupture drcould not give me anything Salstic implants I need help for more proof I’ve went through a lot of imbarresment withmy deformed body also pain with mastetic bras& sicicone breat insert The capsule was so ruptured pieces were left in from that can still have breast cancer Lab in California Pathology could not release information. If any help my email [email protected]
Tracy Catherine April 19th 2018. Just had my left breast implant X-Plane 10 due to rupture. But at first doctors thought I had an infection due to the severe redness and soreness of my breast trying to drain fluid but there was nothing surgeon plastic surgeon went in Wednesday April 18th to explant my mentor gel and discovered it had ruptured do you believe I have a claim I became very ill with nausea vomiting flu like symptoms depression memory hard to focus tired finally went to the ER on Monday April 16th just was discharged and came home today Thursday April 19th just curious to know I don’t even know if my insurance cover it thank you
Hi. I am Kimberly. I am having all these symptoms, been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, etc… I saw a Hematologist today, and my blood counts are half what they should be. I am scheduled to do a bone marrow test next week. I am unable to work! I have not had a period since I had my implants. My heart rate, BP has been extremely low. I have all symptoms. I have MENTOR silicon gel implants. My doctor has never once followed-up with me! Please advise me how to go about getting a lawyer. Should I get them explanted or go through the Bone Marrow test? I have many issues, and I am just 41. Thank you so much!
Please contact me
2006 Mentior Smooth Round Spectrum Saline
Tomorrow I am scheduled to have my Mentor Saline Breast Implants removed, they were placed in Oct of 2006. I remember about five years ago my energy was going down, at the time I was at the end of my 20’s. I thought it just was something because of my age but now I have learned more about this illness and think it may be something to do with it. I have also lost a lot of weight, experience brain fog, lack of memory, night sweats, anxiety and depression. I am Veteran and only have the VA to go for care, which they are going to do removal surgery because one has deflated completely as of a month ago. I am very thankful to the VA because without them I would not have any means of covering this surgery I need because I am currently deformed with a D cup on one side and a B cup on the other.
I got same put in 2008; then one leaked and they replaced nothin 2010.
I’ve recently noticed same side has leaked. So I got online to look for plastic surgeon in this area (I moved to a different state), to find out there’s a recall and all the symptoms listed I have SEVERAL. And like you, I thought I was just because I hit my 30s and slowing down.
Prickly feeling all over
Neck/back muscle aches/knots
Tingling numbness in feet and arms
I can go on…
So, now instead of a replacement I’m looking for explant doc. 🙁
I’ve got a D and now a B. Not sure what they’re going to look like afterwards and not sure what my options are.
Just finding all this out today!
I meant left side leaked and they replaced again in 2010.
*now another leak.
Wow I thought I was alone all this time. Just read the news yesterday how the fda is investigating mentor!! I had 40cc mentor smooth round saline in 2017..a once vigorous mother of 8 now struggles with debilitating peoblems..the exact same as everyone..anxiety and heart palpitations were the fist..then numb arm for a yesr..I went to 2 different dr and they both told me something diff. Finally I took the gabapentin and found relief for about months.i had been clean off heavy drugs for 12yeats and had to fight to get off the gabapentin!! It was not an example I was going to set for my family. My quit struggles with this have led me to many of thought of suicide cause I cant see a way around it!! Now I have heard and huge problem with libido and inflammation! I am to looking for information on legal pursuits. [email protected]
Looking for a lawyer who has the guts to sue allergan I had my implants for 8 years I am 32 and very ill I cannot find a lawyer willing to take on the company that did this to me
I’m going through the same thing with them. They are no help at all !! The surgeon and Allergan are parteners in Crime. Lawyers are not able to help !! At least in California!!
Good luck to you.
I just had an explant 3/12/2018… they almost took my life. I have had a million issues. I will get my implants next week and would like to know if I can file an suit. The overall cost for me to explant was 10,250.00
Hi I have recently had my saline implants removed. I was very ill and had a lot of symptoms that mimicked an autoimmune disease. I also had a contracture on my left breast. The plastic surgeon who put them in told me they had a lifetime warranty. He is deceased. I saw a new plastic surgeon for the explant and she deemed it “medically necessary ” to be explanted. When she opened me up , she saw a lot of inflammation along with edema in my chest. I have blood work that shows high inflammation markers prior to explant. My concern is the manufacturer is “Hutchinson” who was bought put. I can’t find much information on them other than they were bought by mcghan who than became Allergan. I had them put in around 2000. However, I was told they were “life long” and didn’t need to be redone like the others. I have been to many specialists and no one could quite figure out what was wrong with me. I suffered extreme pain and so much more. I just recently explanted and already feel relief. Do I have any chance at a lawsuit of any kind? Thank you for you time and for all of your help!
I believe I may be in the same situation. I can’t find any information about my McGhan implants even though I have the device id card with lot and catalog numbers. Preliminary searching led me to Allergan but I don’t yet know what good that will do. I had implants put in in 1997 and over the last decade I’ve had ongoing medical issues that within the last 5 years drs tell me is just menopause. I’m 47. Please let me know if you find any information.
Any information would be appreciated. I just found out about this illness and need to get an explant. Need to know who I can safely see to get these removed. I am getting sicker and sicker. Please help me if you can. Thank you SD
please contact me, I have proof my saline leaked and gummy degraded
Hello…a loved one was recently diagnosed with ALCL caused by implants put in a decade ago. We are considering starting a class action suit. I am writing from Ontario Canada. If there are any other women in ontario or canada that you know of that have had the same thing happen please contact me I would like to hear your experience. I do t believe anyone should have had to deal with this!!!
The ALCL in Women with Breast Implants BIA-ALCL Facebook support group has other women diagnosed with ALCL. The admins of it are familiar with a secret Facebook group for BIA-ALCL litigation.
Christina, Please contact me….I have had my silicon gel implants for 14 years…I have been ill for 4 years. I was diagnosed with + ANA 3 years ago and my titers are rising rapidly without the Lupus rash. I have only just begun my journey…
I am in Oakville Ontario
I had implants 10 years ago – mentor gel ones placed in Calgary. I now realize why I have been so sick since then. Would love to connect with you.
You can email me at [email protected]
I have 1988 silicone implants both ruptured .i am disabled feel like i am dying.i am waiting for referral again to ucdavis the doctors. Been waisting 8 months on this with medicade i can not fiend 1 plastic to gove me the time of day i will blow the whisel soon. They are killing us. I dont no what brand implant in me i know its deadly .. Katherine melton.
Hello, My mame is Florisala I have mentor saline breast implants And have had them since 2007. Immediately after getting these implants i was diagnosed With hypothyroidism. for past 11 Years My heath has declined severely. I Used to be so active And very outgoing. Now i cant hold a job because i sleep over 10-14 hours a day i have no energy. Its hard to wake up and even have drive. And after reading all The symptoms, i just about have all of them. I have now been diagnosed With hashimotos And chronic thyroiditis. My life is falling apart. Im depressed And unhappy, i have 3 children And barely get to hang out With them cuz im so tired all The time. I need help. I dont want to feel like My life is passing me by And im missing My children grow up. Please contact me With more info on process to Sue. Ive had The worst 11 years of My life wasted And its just getting worse by The day.
Same here- got mine in 2007, but have only had symptoms the last 4 years. I am getting my out asap.
Me As well. Mentor Saline Smooth..! For the past year I have had severe fatigue,swollen glands under my arms,hand tremors,heart palpitations,face rash,brain fog,depression,no smell,taste has changed,foul smelling odor! Which I’m paranoid others can smell. I have been to 3 drs,blood test after blood test. .I have become withdrawn,barely have enough energy to go to work and then back home to bed. I go for Ultrasound and ammo next week. .I’m at the end of my rope. I went from energetic,vibrant,to Sick And No Answers. .NO WAY TO LIVE!!
Ditto, here! I am now on SSDI (Disibility) so since 2006…I went from healthier than a 21 y/o (I was 50) & working, making 75K, to a shut in, living on $15,000 a year. Hopeless! Now I have no money to do anything about it. I had Dow silicone implants in 1989 and had them explanted, and they put in mentor textured textured Saline implants. I had one child after the saline and plants and breastfed and he definitely was affected. Thanks for listening
Hello. I had mentor saline as well. Very ill. I will post my story. I’m 2 years post explant, many symptoms better or worse. I’m left with about 9 awful symptoms left. Diagnosed with mold, Lyme, heavy metals and gadolinium toxicity. I’d like to locate an attorney as well. Mentor needs to be accountable
Julie, I have all the same symptoms as you & also have Mentor Saline Smooth! I have been so sick for the past 5 years – severe fatigue,swollen glands under my arms,hand tremors,heart palpitations,face rash,brain fog,depression,no smell,taste, hair falling out. Of course, Dr visit after dr visit & blood test after blood test, not many answers. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s, Chronic Fatigue. I too have become withdrawn, major panic attacks. This is horrible …Thyroid meds have helped substantially!
I was led to believe I had a law suit against Dow. My case is supposedly still open with Dow. My Lawyer quit on me and my husband after 8 years of raking me through interrogatories, Dr visits lab tests, and Web of deceit then told me I was unco-operative and I had no case. With further insult he put a claim against my case to pay him more money. I supposedly had Mc Ghan implants in 1983 + 1986, with removal in 1991. I found out that even though my case against Dow was still open, Dow does not pay on Mc Ghan implants. Mc Ghan is of no help, just keep giving me other phone # to call. And Lawyers I talk to say I may still have a case but at this time they cannot help me. My lawyer that quit won’t talk to me or give me any information. He has lied to me and mistreated me by leading me on for so long. Plus because I was so confused during the whole prosess I felt helpless, depressed etc. Just over a year ago I found out my husband has Aperger’s and didn’t know he was adding to my confusion. Even though I remember so much of my consult and proceedures I even have written paperwork from all this time, I feel my rights have been abused by both the doctor’s and lawyers. And I don’t know where to go from here.
If you feel your lawyer has been dishonest or incompetent then you can file a complaint with the state’s lawyer discipline agency and/or you can sue for malpractice.
“Every state has an agency responsible for licensing and disciplining lawyers. In most states, it’s the bar association; in others, the state supreme court.” See here for more information on options of what you can do and see here for information on where you can file a complaint against your lawyer and what happens after it is filed.
Obtain all your legal records from your lawyer and get second opinions. If you decide to sue, there are statue of limitations that vary by state for filing a malpractice lawsuit. That means you must file a lawsuit within a certain time deadline.
Similarly, obtain all your medical records, and if you feel a doctor has been negligent you can file a complaint with their state’s medical board and/or have the option of a medical malpractice case.
There is a McGhan Breast Implant Stories Facebook support group where you can ask implant specific questions. There are some ladies in that group who are very familiar with McGhan’s legal history and one lady in particular in there was in a McGhan lawsuit (Juris v. Inamed).
Thank you for your help, it is very much appreciated. I signed that petition of the Medical Safety Act. and added a page to my FB with words. Right now, I think that’s about all I can do. I will register a complaint with the Medical Board and with the State Bar when I have time. Although I don’t think it will do anything. I didn’t get implants to sue anyone,or anything, in particular a preempted clause. I got them cause I thought they were safe, didn’t leak, or break. I got them cause I trusted, trusted that this was a safe way to have the breasts I never really had. I guess I was jealous? When I met my husband, Dave I had a man that showed me he was willing to care for me. He paid for my implants and trusted the Doctor as I did. I didn’t know it would all end up like this. I didn’t know my husband had Asperger’s and what that meant. Even though throughout my life I have had some premonitions and could sense some future events or the outcome of a movie before it ended, I just didn’t know that I was somehow involved in a big political battle. When that Moratorium took place, feelings kept flooding back to me. I remember when I had my kids this overwhelming feeling would come over me that I was waiting for something, but I didn’t know what. I remember craving something, but I didn’t know what. Dave remembers me mentioning these things to him but he didn’t know what to make of it. After reading so much about everyone else’s miseries and how long this legal battle has been going on; since the dawn of implants? and the fact that everything is preempted makes me wonder why? What is the purpose? I don’t think I should have to take the ridicule anymore. This is not Junior High! I think I deserve to know after all this time, what the breast implants were all about and why the long game. Don’t you?
Hi are you still looking for an attorney for mcghan silicone breast Implants
Hi Bev , i have Mcghan silicone implants Style 40 also 1989 …and a long list of illnesses ..i can not find any info on my McGhan Medical corp. i file claim thru Dow corning and i could not find a dr to back me up ..Dow Sent me a check for 1.000 and i cashed thinking i can never get the dr. to write forms for me..so was not cover for the Dow Corning Breast Implant / Bankruptcy Settlement. Both of my implant rupture last summer and I finally found a dr. That refer me to a Plastic Surgeon..i am having both explanted on March of 2019 …I like to sign up for a Lawsuit against McGhan , pls let me know if you do find an attorney..im in NY State. thank you and i wish you the best, Marina
I had Dow Corning implants in 1988 became very sick filed in class action lawsuit in 1995-97, no longer have the records. In 2008 had the implants removed as they had ruptured, with advice of ps to replace with Mentor silicone implants.Currently having many symptoms again. December of 2017 MRI shows intracapsular rupture. Scheduled to have enbloc explant April 2018. Live in Missouri please advise on any recourse with 1988 Dow Corning compensation and 2008 Mentor Silicone Implants lawsuit. Also my insurance will not pay for explant.
1. The Settlement Facility Dow Corning Trust (SFDCT) website is for claimants and they have a “Contact Us” link where you can leave them a message.
Phone Number: +1 866-874-6099
E-mail: [email protected]
2. Claimants’ Advisory Committee
Phone number: +1 419-394-0717
Email: [email protected]
3. For Mentor silicone breast implants the law firms that are investigating claims are Lenze Moss and Abbott Law Group (see here for their questionnaire).
Just underwent explant surgery of my ten-year-old Mentor implants. I also needed lymph nodes removed from both under arms due to leakage of silicone into those nodes. The implants were removed, total capsulectomy performed, lymph nodes removed and mastopexy procedure done. My doctor did test me for numerous immunity diseases, metal toxicity,etc. When my implants were placed in 2007, I was put in a mandatory post study by Mentor that needed to be completed once a year. It was a detailed questionnaire regarding my health, etc. during the past year. After several years that post op study just ended?? Is it legal for them to just abruptly discontinue an important study like that?
I am wondering if there is any legal action that I can take? I am not at the present time having any type of illness, but the fact that the silicone has leaked into my lymph nodes is a serious concern. I do not know for sure if that silicone has leaked into other tissues or organs. I have my explanted implants and all records. The emotional, financial hardship has been difficult, but if future issues arise due to leakage of silicone, I want to get it on record now.
According to an FDA email, the Mentor MemoryGel Large Post Approval Study (P030053 / PAS001) was “restructured to small cohort studies and NBIR.”
1. The Large Study (PAS001) that you were enrolled in was accepted to be revised/replaced on 10/01/2014 into a restructured small cohort study called the Re-Op Study (PAS009) which was accepted on 01/16/2015. “The Re Op Phase will collect data when a Large PAS participant with MemoryGel breast implants requires a secondary procedure/reoperation.”
The Large Study was an original requirement of the Approval Order that allowed the breast implants to be conditionally put on the market: “Failure to comply with any post approval requirement constitutes a ground for withdrawal of approval of a PMA. Commercial distribution of a device that is not in compliance with these conditions is violation of the act.” For more information about the studies, see here.
2. NBIR stands for the National Breast Implant Registry, something that has been in discussions since the 90s. The FDA stated in an email, “National Breast Implant Registry (NBIR) was further developed over the past few years trying to include all approved breast implant devices and follow-up patients for longer term safety/clinical outcomes.” However to date there is little to no information available on this.
Reportedly the reason for the restructuring of the original study was due to the low follow-up rate of 20.1% at year 7 of the 10 year study. However there seems to be many instances where women were not followed up on or were dropped from the original study prematurely. Diana Zuckerman, President of the National Center for Health Research, is looking into the lack of follow up in the studies, you can contact her with your experience. Additionally, the law firms Lenze Moss in California and Abbott Law Group (see here for their questionnaire) in Florida are currently investigating Mentor silicone breast implant cases.
“Post-approval studies (PAS) are conditions of device approval. A sponsor’s failure to comply with any post-approval requirement may be grounds for withdrawing approval.” – FDA
I got saline implants in 2002 which were manufactured by McGhan (formerly Inamed, now Allergan). By 2008 I began experiencing regular aching pain in my legs and back and by 2010 I was riddled with back and neck pain, extreme muscle tension, then severe jaw pain, and chronic migraines with brain fog and blurred vision too. For years I’ve undergone countless doctor visits, painful tests, and MRI’s ruling out MS, Lhyme, Rheumetoid/Psoriatic arthritis, Lupus and many more auto immune diseases that could be the culprit. I nearly lost my life in 2013 due to serotonin shock syndrome from trying medications for my pain. I keep getting results with high levels of C3 which is common with auto immune disease because it means your body is attacking itself. I had a mammogram in 2014 because of stabbing pain in my breasts that even shot through to my arm but my tissue was too dense for the scans to conclusively confirm or rule out anything. Finally after being told several times that “it’s not my implants and just have Fibromyalgia” I listened to my body and decided to have them removed on 12/22/17. I asked to keep my capsules in tact and only one survived the explant but it’s filled with mold (which is currently in my possession). I immediately felt a 70% improvement in my back, neck, leg and head pain as well as my normal muscle stiffness not to mention the anxiety and depression I’ve developed from spending years in daily pain. I clearly lost a decade of my life to mold poisoning and although I cannot get it back I do feel that I am owed a hefty compensation. My surgeon has always assured me that the implant sac manufacturer promises mold cannot enter the air tight valve yet I have clear evidence of a faulty vavle. Is this a case anyone can recommend an attorney for that may represent me with no up front out of pocket costs? Thank you for your time
Try to contact your state’s lawyer referral service, there can be several in various counties and they will see if they can find you a lawyer that is interested.
Find out your state’s statue of limitations (SOL) for product liability, it is one of the first things a lawyer will look into to determine if a case is viable. When you speak with an attorney you can mention delayed discovery – that is a term used to extend statue of limitations and should apply in cases such as yours where upon explantation evidence for causation was revealed.
– McGhan Medical Corporation has a long and deep troubled legal history and its founder Donald McGhan is serving a 10 year sentence in Texas federal prison, you can read more about it here.
– There have been three recalls for McGhan saline breast implants, you can find them under FDA Medical Device Recalls and by entering “McGhan” under Product Name.
– There is a McGhan Breast Implant Stories Facebook support group, I believe they were searching for some legal avenues too.
– There is a Saline Breast Implants and Mold page.
– Make sure to get all your records, see requesting medical records for more information.
I’d love to have a conversation with you. I feel like I’m dying. All the same things that you went through.. I did as well. So sick and currently out of work and begging yet another doctor to listen to me. Saline Inamed implants put in in 2005. Rupture to one side occurred in 2014. Truly I’ll about 6 months after. Had the second one ruptured at surgeon in office. It’s been downhill since. I feel devastated and hopeless. So sick.
Any updates I am sick and weak and need help
Are there any attorneys specializing in the mentor silicone implants lawsuit in the state of Georgia?
Lenze Moss in California and Abbott Law Group (see here for their questionnaire) in Florida are the attorneys currently investigating Mentor silicone breast implant cases. Pay caution if a law firm is preparing for a breast implant class action lawsuit, those are what happened in the 90s and were ultimately in the best interest for the attorneys, not the women.
Any information about allergan silicone implants might help us a lot over in the UK, trying to get help after ruptured implants were removed August 2017.
Please share this article with women concerned about the Mentor Implants Recall – https://trulaw.com/9-deaths-from-rare-cancer-lead-mentor-implants-recall/
Omg.. Got implants 2013 and I constantly am sick flu like , sinus infections, upper respiratory infection, halusnation 3 times now , body pain , stomach infection (helicobacter pylori) , hair loss. Major decrease in sex , voice is horse all the time , swollen lymph node under left arm . insomnia , mood swings, depression , fatigue, sweeting , cold chills , pain under breast , scores on my arms all the time and ECT. , advice please .
I was 19 yes old and had a Mentor Becker saline filled/silicone adjustable implant in 1997 for a deformity. At the.time I was briefly explained by my DR. that silicone was banned for use but the FDA was allowing Mentor to use silicone gel under specific limited use. My surgeon told me it was the implant I needed to obtain the best outcome. He never went into any detail more than saying extra paperwork would be needed by him to allow these implants, since the FDA is monitoring these Mentors implants. I was not informed that I was part of a clinical trial. I worked 1 mile from Mentor in Santa Barbara and 6 miles from my surgeon. I had no follow up and was more than available to if requested to do so. I was began noticing skin rashes, wounds that wouldn’t heal. Heart palpitations at age 23, diagnosed w SVT. I had hyper and hypo thyroidism. My hair fell out, seizures, IBS infertility and miscarriages. 2003 I was diagnosed with SLE LUPUS. The list of ailments grew n grew. My surgeon died suddenly in 2002 and I have not been able to locate his surgery notes. I never made the connection to my implants to all my health issues. Last week my left implant had a total rupture. Finding out that the silicone gel shell has been leaking and gone for a while. I did notice a small change over the years it the implant but nothing that gave me an idea it was leaking. My doctor said these Mentor new design double implants were lifetime. I need help finding out what recourse I have with legal , medical help by mentor. They failed to follow up with me and had even more responsibility to do so after the death of my surgeon. Mentor when I contacted them originally knew who I was by my name and DOB. But when I called back a different department claimed not to know me. Is there any lawsuits about my implants from 1997? I am a nursing mom and concerned what is in my milk? Is he have silicone poisoning? I have suffered so long and I want help to get medical treatment and explant. But Mentor is refusing to say what the exact implant lot I had and both my pediatrician and my doctor need to know in order to take the next steps. Please help. I am very scared. Are there any cases I would fall in and where are my clinical records with Mentor
Jessica O’yates our stories are so similar it made me cry. Curious how you made out. I am home and I’ll after years (11) of asking about these implants. I feel these doctors knew and after losing more than half my long hair and my seeing countless docs, neurologists, cardiologists… they came up with SLE. I need help. I can’t even lift my head and I, too, am nursing. So scary. I will need to borrow money to get these removed now and then fight.
I had the same implants put in and my left breast is leaking. Almost all of my lymph nodes in my right auxiliary are full of silicone. I am having them removed 29th of August in Santa Monica by a plastic surgeon and a breast surgeon to remove as much silicone as she can. I called Mentor and the said they had no idea what I was talking about. My doctor who did my initial implants 20 years ago is retired. I found his home phone number and called him to get the name of the doctor he passed his patient medical records too and not happy with me he told me. Now I am trying to track down that doctor to get the Information on what study I did for Mentor. I will find out even if I have to fly back to Nebraska to her office to get them. I have done extensive research on the internet and every page that leads to that study has been removed. I will keep you posted on my findings.
I am apart of the FDA Study Group for Allergan textured silicon gel 410 implant group implanted partially under the muscle October 2004. I’m suffering with Bii and scheduled to see a Hematologist Oncologist Oct 27th 2017. I went once a year for 10 years to follow up. I didn’t see my Dr every time, the assistant spoke with me. I called his practice a month ago and found out he no longer practiced & went to my office a couple weeks ago and confirmed he retired 2 years ago, when I asked for my records they said it’s in storage. I contacted Allergen and spoke with device materials department and the originally found my information and then pretended they don’t have any records of my implants. I believe I still have copies of everything. I’m scheduled for an explant November 21st 2017. My preop appointment is November 1st 2017.
I had my saline implants done 12/10 and mine just recently ruptured I guess I was nieve and didn’t know I should have received the numbers off my implants nor did the surgeons office offer it. Long story short I tried to call the doctors office to get that information and they are telling me it’s been too long. If I had that information I could file a claim with Allergen and they are telling me I would be covered 100%. I am so angry right now because I cannot afford the get these replaced without help from Allergen.
Since 2012 when I had the mentor gel implants put in I’ve had to have 14 surgeries and I experience almost all of the symptoms! Everytime I try to go back to work I have to quit due to another surgery.and possibly have another coming up. My primary doc is worthless no one believes in this illness.. help
I belice my entire life and health has taken a fown turn since I had my implants. I have an undeactove thyroid. Low testosterone. Low libido. Back, neck pain. Nipple pain. Dry skin. Kiss Loss of hair. Depression and mood swings. Pain in mid back and under breasts.
I just had surgery to remove the fluid around the bag. I have a drainage tube now. They are talking about removing the inplant.
Both my mentor saline implants had to be replaced due to rupturing….the right April 2016 and the left just two weeks. I’ve suffered greatly mainly financially because of having to miss so much work. I think mentor should have to pay for my pain and suffering.
Ive.been having problems with my implants.sharp pain,sweating,scorenes in breast .1 implant swollen.
Ps I have atypical squamous cells of unknown origin in my body.
I have Allergan silicone within days after my surgery Dec 2013.
I knew something wasn’t right.
Long story short
Went to primary plastic surgeon and w more for second opinion. I knew the right was ruptured. They all said no way.
My general Dr ordered MRI Dec 2016.
Both were ruptured. As of today July 16th…ruptured implants still in. Yet my plastic surgeon could not make time in,Dec to take the. Out even when my insurance was paying 100% for explain removal. SMDH
Get them out ASAP! Find an attorney willing to sue your physician. He took an oath “to do no harm.” My Mentor silicone implants were removed 7/14/17 and unbeknownst to me, the left one was ruptured. I’ve been hospitalized three times and now being treated for 2 different bacteria that Infectious Disease claims came from ruptured implant, Pscudomonas aeruginosa & Serratia murcescens. I almost died. The antibiotic, Cipro is making me very sick with diaherria & nauseousness. I am astounded Johnson & Johnson marketed these implants specifically to breast cancer survivors in 2006. I went through enough emotional turmoil in 200 when I was initially diagnosed, chose reconstruction, and months later developed capsular contracture.
Contact The Lu-Jean Feng Clinic in Chargrin Falls Ohio. She removed mine and is an expert in ruptured implants and the removal of them. She performs miracles.
Does anyone have any information about law suits in Canada? I had my implant done almost thirty years ago, I’m having a hard time convincing my doctor that my implants are causing my health problems.
Interested in updates. Thanks so much for putting this comprehensive list together.
I was part of a mentor and Dell Corning lawsuit several decades ago that was dismissed when mentor and Dell Corning filed bankruptcy to avoid paying out funds I no longer have any of these records however with all the new information available now is it possible to still file a claim for compensation so I can afford to get them X planted
1. The Settlement Facility Dow Corning Trust (SFDCT) website is for claimants and they have a “Contact Us” link. If you had Mentor, according to the Claimant Information Guide, you would be part of Class 7 (see page 4 of previous link).
2. Claimants’ Advisory Committee
3. Contact the Explant Financial Assistance Program.
4. If you have capsular contracture and health insurance, try to file a claim with your insurance to see if they will cover it.