A review of 198 patients (389 implants) who had breast implants removed

David T. Netscher, L. E. Walker, G. Weizer, J. Thornby, P. Wigoda, D. Bowen

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Because of the large number of women now returning to their plastic surgeons with concerns about their breast implants many years after surgery, we are afforded an ideal opportunity to evaluate these patients over the long term. This study reviewed 198 patients (389 implants) who underwent explantation by two surgeons over a 2-year period, correlating prosthesis type, location, and length of time since implantation with two adverse endpoints, implant rupture and symptomatic capsular contracture. Significant findings included a relatively high rate of implant rupture in patients whose implants had been in place over 20 years, an increased incidence of both symptomatic capsular contracture and implant rupture in single lumen gel implants and a positive correlation between severity of capsular contracture and implant rupture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


  • breast implants
  • factors associated with rupture
  • rupture rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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