Grant Stevens, MD Performs Explantation on PIP Implant Patient
Jan 25, 2012 - 10:26:55 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Marina del Rey – Grant Stevens, MD, performed his first PIP explantation on a 23-year old woman who had them surgically implanted in Columbia six years ago. She did want new replacement implants. The procedure, which took place at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Marina del Rey, Calif. (http://www.marinaplasticsurgery.com) was recommended during a widespread recall of France’s Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants which sent shockwaves through Europe and other countries when it was reported that these implants were manufactured with industrial silicone and have a high rate of rupturing.
“My patient heard the news about the PIP implant recall and had saved the serial number and information about her implants so we were easily able to match the product which required immediate removal,” said Dr. Stevens whose video of the surgery today can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myGiYlfpXLU&feature=youtu.be.
PIP has been under a cloud for quite sometime. Dr. Stevens warned that PIP implants had documented problems as early as 2005 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16772913. He authored a second paper that dramatically documents cosmetic deformity and deflation of the PIP implants http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16874200.
“PIP company officials asked me not to report these studies, so this recent news of corporate corruption and contaminated silicone, with a possible increased risk of cancer does not surprise me at all,” Dr. Stevens said. He added that in addition to the risk of rupture and the poor grade of non medical silicone used in the PIP implants, another risk of a high rate of platinum used in heat curing of nonmedical implants can be toxic.
Dr. Stevens recommends that women who received PIP implants in foreign countries have them removed immediately (these silicone implants were not approved for use in the United States) .
For more information, call 310-827-2653. Find Marina Plastic Surgery Associates on the web at MarinaPlasticSurgery and on Facebookcom/MarinaPlasticSurgeryAssociates.
About Grant Stevens, MD, FACS
Dr. Stevens serves as the medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Marina del Rey, CA. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The International College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is the director of the USC Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and Aesthetic Surgery Division, on the editorial board of The Aesthetic Surgery Journal and on the board of directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. An international traveling professor, Dr. Stevens was recognized by his peers as one of America's Best Physicians in "The Guide to Top Doctors." He is past chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He has received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California.
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