1 In 5 Women Have More Than One Breast Surgery, Not By Choice

The FDA reported that a lot of women that have breast surgery will have to have another breast surgery or repetitive surgeries for years to come. Find out …

As I have written before, breast surgeries are sought after without any seeming thought of the complications related to it. I heard a story once that the wife involved in selling her home was upset that the closing was delayed 10 days. Why? She was not going to have the money by her “boob job” date. What do you think about that?

There are a number of possible complications with breast surgery but if there were not any other problems that exist as a result of an invasive surgery it is the fact that repeat surgeries are commonly performed in an effort to correct problems that exist as a result of the initial surgery. This is reported and substantiated by the FDA. Why don’t more women turn to breast enhancement naturally products that are proven to work? Breast success is not dependent on the immediate results of a surgery but the long-term satisfaction of “functional” breasts.

One disturbing discovery that came to light from the FDA hearings was how often breast jobs have to be redone. The McGhan study revealed that more than one out of five women with cosmetically enhanced busts-and 39 percent of cancer patients-need additional surgery within three years. The top reasons for such procedures include replacement of ruptured and leaking implants and alleviation of hardened breasts caused by capsular contracture and other factors.

What is really frightening is that new implants don’t always solve the problem. After a second surgery, nearly half of cancer patients (whose remaining breast tissue and immune systems may be more fragile due to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy) develop severe capsular contracture, and 26 percent require a third breast procedure within two years.

Kim Green, a 36-year-old homemaker with two children in West Hartford, Connecticut, got breast cancer in 1998, when she was seven months pregnant, and had her breasts rebuilt after a double mastectomy. Up to this point, she has gone through 11 procedures costing in excess of $70,000, which was all covered by insurance. And with only one implant right now, she faces still more surgery this coming January for the second.

Each time implants have been removed, she says, “it’s like having a mastectomy all over again, with total anesthesia and drains in my chest. It has been spoiled my entire year. I had to have a surgical procedure almost every month for the entire year. At the time I was pronounced to have breast cancer, which is what my mother passed away from when she was only 35 years old all I could think about what that I just wanted to live.

I never dreamed reconstruction could be this bad. It’s worse than chemotherapy.” Yet she’s determined to keep trying. To her, having her breast back to normal is symbolic of being past her disease. “I want to look as normal as possible,” she confesses.

Despite stories like this and the complication rates shown in the latest studies, FDA officials feel it’s ultimately up to consumers to decide what risks they will take. Thanks to the hearings, both implant companies now have new package inserts that detail the study findings, which are also posted on the FDA website.

“Patients can now look at pamphlets to learn more about the stories of other women who have implants,” says the FDA’s Dr. Feigal. “The entire reason for the FDA approval process was to compile information so patients know precisely what to anticipate.”

With a FDA report like that I can’t imagine why so many women rush to the knife instead of turning to herbs, creams and exercises that work.

If you know someone that is considering breast surgery share this with them so they can make an educated choice and perhaps be spared from years of frustration.