Five women in Belgium have had PIP implants removed

Five women in Belgium have had potentially faulty breast implants made by French firm PIP removed since the beginning of December, the country's health watchdog said Saturday.

The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AFMPS) had received the information because a royal decree obliged to keep it informed of such matters, spokeswoman Ann Eeckhout told AFP.

To date, the agency had been notified of four cases in which implants supplied by the French firm had ruptured, while a fifth woman had asked to have them removed as a precaution, she added.

On December 23, the Belgian authorities advised women fitted with implants from Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) to go for a check-up and have them removed if there was any sign of seepage or rupture.

About a hundred women in Belgium had so far reported problems with PIP implants, Jean-Luc Nizet, president of the Royal Belgian Society for , told Saturday's edition of Le Soir newspaper.

About 300,000 women in 65 countries are estimated to have received implants made by PIP, which allegedly used an illegal industrial-grade gel that say has led to abnormally high rates of ruptured implants.

Germany and the advised women Friday to have the PIP implants removed, but Britain said it was not convinced of the need.

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TheSpiceIsLife
not rated yet Jan 10, 2012
It doesn't strike me as unusual that surgically inserting a foreign body into a highly lymphatic organ, or anywhere in he body for that matter, may have long term negative health consequences. It was only a matter of time before happened.

Surgery ought be considered a need of last resort.
Callippo
not rated yet Jan 10, 2012
It just illustrates the actual role of women in contemporary society, when it becomes advantageous for them to resort in such a way of physical modification and appearance cheating. They're seemingly equal to men, but they're effectively behaving like half-prostitutes.