Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

(Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — For Katherine Smylie, it was a five-year journey to figure out the hair loss, memory fog, irritable bowel syndrome and constant pain — especially the migraines.

“I had migraines every day for over two-and-half years,” the Edmonton woman said.

Her doctors told Smylie she was crazy, she said, and there was nothing she could do. There were days when she wanted to give up, until she met a rheumatologist who put all the symptoms together and told her one thing: Get her breast implants removed.

“I felt like I was validated for once: Finally somebody was listening to me and was caring about my best interests,” Smylie said.

The 47-year-old believes the cause of her health problems was the Biocell textured implants she received in 2012, two years after undergoing a double mastectomy, which was followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Those same silicone implants, made by Allergan, have come under growing scrutiny from some doctors who say they are seeing many of their patients return with debilitating side effects.

While all textured implants form fluid around them in the body, none are to the extent of the Biocell implant, say doctors, who believe it’s because of the aggressive texturing that promotes adherence and keeps the implant more firmly in position. (…)

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