No faulty implants in Luxembourg
(CS) Luxembourg's health ministry has declared that national hospitals have not used breast implants by French manufacturer PIP.
Dr Elisabeth Heisbourg from the Direction de la Santé said on Friday that hospitals in the country had already been asked as early as spring 2010 whether they were using PIP implants, when first warnings had been pronounced against the silicon used in the prostheses.
When the danger of the implants became subject to a public scandal in recent weeks, Luxembourg plastic surgery units once again assured they had not been using PIP implants.
The two surgery units conducting plastic surgery procedures not covered by insurance, the Hôpital Kirchberg and the private clinic Dr Bohler, have also been asked again to confirm where their implants come from. It is seen as unlikely though that surgeons will use implants from sources other than those used for health insurance approved procedures.
However, it is possible that women who underwent plastic surgery abroad carry the potentially dangerous implants. Any women in doubt have been asked to consult their surgeon.
Founder of the French company Jean-Claude Mas has in the meantime admitted to using low quality silicon for the implants, as it was cheaper, according to AFP. The material can cause implants to burst with potentially life-threatening consequences.
The scandal broke after women with PIP implants frequently needed follow-up surgeries due to problems with the product. An inspection of the plant showed that the manufacturer had been using silicon of a lower quality than officially declared.