Yesterday, speaking with a regional surgeon, I expressed it is my hope that through my experience of having undiagnosed rupture for 16 years doctors here would learn from it. I said that I hoped when a woman with breast implants presents with symptoms that could suggest rupture, or other complications, that they would order an ultrasound or MRI.
His response was quick. He adamantly stated he would NOT do that. His reason being that if he ordered a test it would be leaving him open to culpability. So, as was done with me, he would continue to pretend he’d seen nothing and do nothing.
He stated that women don’t get breast implants here and should not expect care here. That if they get breast implants they’d better be informed themselves prior to getting them. He said he knows nothing about breast implants and has no intention of learning anything about them.
Women may not be implanted in Northwestern British Columbia, but they DO get referrals to plastic surgeons, for breast augmentation, through regional doctors.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO WOMEN IN NORTHWESTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WITH BREAST IMPLANTS:
You are on your own medically – YOU MUST BE PROACTIVE! Request an ultrasound or MRI. If you’re refused remind the doctor that FDA and manufacturer guidelines recommend MRI 3-years after augmentation and every 2-years subsequently.
Anyone with questions or concerns is welcome to contact me.
** Qualifying comment: Though I disagree greatly with the surgeon’s stance on the issue of breast implants I appreciate that he expressed this outright. I wish I had known this years ago … **