PIP Replacement Surgery – Both Ruptured
We begin the operation with Adrian Richards, the surgical director of Aurora Clinics, opening up the breast and finding the customary creamy fluid we only see from ruptured PIP implants. He squeezes it out into a container before removing the implant. The implant, after removal is shown to the camera and we see the rupture is in its infancy. A tiny rupture around the baseplate, but with the implant still in its original shape, meaning it is not very advanced.
The next implant is also ruptured. Creamy fluid oozes out again, and Mr Richards says he thinks it is around 100-150ml of this creamy fluid in total. He uses the sucker to clean it out before removing the implant. This rupture is a lot worse, and difficult to hold as the rupture is so advanced. The shell is only being held together by a small margin, which is stopping the implant being in two parts. Pieces of silicone are falling out of the implant as it is being shown to the camera, being held in two hands to try and keep it together.
When comparing the implants at the end, we see they are the same lot number, and with both being ruptured it shows this lot number is definitely one to look out for. Mr Richards compares the ruptures, and guesses at where the rupture began on the implant in a much worse state. It looks as though it has ruptured in a similar place, around the baseplate, and will just have ruptured earlier than the other one which is why it is in a more advanced state of rupture. The patient also had symptoms synonymous with ruptured PIP implants, which we feel will subside now they have been removed.