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Scientific research leaking out


PIP Implants failing more frequently than previously thought

Results reported on 17 April 2012 in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery are worrying for PIP victims and it seems that news gets worse the further the investigations go and quite how much worse we have yet to find out.

The rate of failure of the PIP implants could now be as high as 33% therefore 1 in three women with implants are likely to have ruptures. This follows a previous study of women with the implants between January 2000 and August 2005 which indicated the rate was much lower at about 8%, but it appears that the studies themselves were inadequate considering the high volume of implants that have been used over the years.

Mr. Jan Stanek, co-author of the article proposes that all PIP implants, due to the high rupture rate and uncertainty about the nature of the silicone gel, may need to be removed.

In the same way that the silicone gel is leaking we are now seeing the leak of reports and studies from the scientists who have taken a very long time to speak on this subject but it is better late than never.

If you have concerns about the silicone breast implant treatment then contact us on 0800 213214 or complete our simple on line enquiry form to discuss claiming compensation.

The article is “The PIP mammary prosthesis: A product recall study” M.G. Berry and Jan J. Stanek (DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2012.02.019); in press, ahead of print in Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Full text of the article is freely available at

Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) is the official journal of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and is affiliated to the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (