PIP Patient - Testimonial after Replacement Surgery with Aurora Clinics1st June 2012
Well, I had my first augmentation in 2004. Like a lot of my friends, I’d had my children, and I’d done all that I’d been told to do and breast fed, and then ended up with something that didn’t resemble my body any more. So I decided to stop moaning about it and have my first implants undertaken.
I went to a clinic that was recommended to me by all my friends and a surgeon that was recommended to me by all my friends. At first, yes, I was pleased with the results. I mean, obviously after moaning and carrying on about them for a good couple of years, it was nice to finally feel myself again.
I was contacted initially by one of my friends who had had an augmentation at the same time saying that she believed that the Court House Clinic and Mr. Khan had used PIPs. So I started to do a bit of research, and then just after Christmas, January this year, I contacted my clinic and essentially I didn’t get very far. They were very evasive at first. When I first rang up, I said, “I’m concerned. Did I have the PIP implants because I don’t remember at the time Mr. Khan ever saying there are different types of implants and different types of manufacturers?”
But when I rang up, all I did was give them the date and they said, “Yes, you’ve got PIPs.” They didn’t even need to check. At that point, you just begin to think to yourself, “Why do they not need to check? Why do they know that everybody’s got PIPs?” So that was my first concern.
After then, it was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, asking questions. I asked, “I’m concerned,” and they said, “Well, have you got any pain?” I said, “No, I have no pain, but obviously if these are what I have, I’m concerned for the future.” They said, “Well, if you’re concerned, you can go and have an ultrasound.” I said, “Oh great. Are the Court House Clinic going to pay for that?” And they said, “No. If you’re concerned, then you can have it done on the NHS or you can pay for it yourself.” I said, “Well, that’s not really helping me because all that an ultrasound will show me is that they’re okay today. It won’t tell me that they’re okay tomorrow or going on in the future.”
So we to’d and fro’d. They eventually got in touch with me and everybody else that I know who’d had the PIPs through a letter that basically said that they were waiting on the government’s findings and that they would not be replacing unless you had a rupture.
Obviously, I wasn’t happy with that because I thought, “Well, how ill do I have to get, or what has to happen to me?” In the end, I decided that, even if it gets sorted in a year or two years from now, that’s not good enough for me. I’ve got three kids. I can’t live with that uncertainty.
As I was looking around the Internet, the Aurora Clinic came up. I saw a lot of the films that Mr. Richards put on the Internet going back quite a while. It obviously became apparent that this had been an issue for quite some time and a lot of surgeons were concerned with the PIPs and the quality of them.
So I rang up the Aurora Clinic, and immediately, as soon as I called, it wasn’t a case of being fobbed off. It wasn’t a case of, “We’ll see you in six months’ time”. They wanted to know when I would like to come for a consultation. The whole process from the moment that I first rang up until I had my replacement and re-augmentation in February was fast. I felt very listened to. I felt as if finally someone was actually taking it seriously, that this wasn’t a case of they’re trying to fob you off or trying to cover up anything that’s been going on in the industry as a whole. As far as they were concerned, “Yes this was a problem, and we will do our best to remove and replace them and give you a good result as well”
Recently in the news, it’s been saying also that other clinics, where people have gone back, they’ve been told they’ve got to sign a confidentiality agreement or they’ve got to have more surgery otherwise they’re going to be left with scarring or they’re going to be left with their nipples all over the place.
I’ve had my re-augmentation through the Aurora. I literally had like for like replacement, and I couldn’t have been treated better and I couldn’t have had a better result. In fact, I have a better result now than my first augmentation