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Breast Reconstruction: When Will This Holocaust End?

Posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 01:47:46:

Dear Dr. Stoll:

The article below is an insult to all the women who were lied to and deceived about breast implants and tissue flaps.

We are left disabled and our lives ruined, but the researchers, doctors and media just call this a "complication."

I am surprised that they even mentioned TRAM Flaps in this article. There has been practically no press about tissue flaps.

How many more women must be poisoned and disabled before this holocaust ends?



Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Complications CommonProcedure Type May Not Matter

August 07, 2002

Today Women who choose to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy often have several choices available to them.

Now, researchers from the Michigan Breast Reconstruction Outcome Study have given women and their doctors some guidance regarding the risks.

Based on a study of more than 300 women, they found that the type of procedure did not affect the complication rate.

Having reconstruction done at the same time as mastectomy as opposed to later on may be linked to a higher complication rate.

But this may not mean that having a delayed reconstruction is safer, the authors cautioned.

Amy K. Alderman, MD, MPH, and colleagues reported their findings in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Vol. 109: 2265-2274).

Women Have Options After Mastectomy
Following a mastectomy, women who decide to have breast reconstruction usually have several options to choose from.

Many decide to have a saline implant placed in the breast area under the skin.

Others opt for a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis muscle) flap procedure. This involves taking extra tissue and muscle from the abdominal wall and moving it into the breast area.

This procedure may be done either as a free TRAM flap (where the tissue is removed from the abdomen and reattached in the breast area) or a pedicle TRAM flap (where the tissue is tunneled under the skin to the breast area).

Other options, such as the latissimus dorsi (a muscle in the upper back) flap procedure, are also used in some cases.

While doctors and patients may have individual preferences, there is little good data on which procedure might be better or safer.

The timing of the procedure is also the subject of debate. In the past, doctors, and their patients, often preferred to delay the reconstruction. This allowed women time to adjust to the mastectomy, and may have given them a greater appreciation for the reconstruction.

But, having the reconstruction done at the same time as the mastectomy has become more popular in recent years.

One advantage is that it may require only one trip to the operating room.

Complication Rates High; Most Factors May Not Make a Difference Alderman's team followed 326 women who had had one of three breast reconstruction procedures (implant, free TRAM flap, or pedicle TRAM flap) at one of 12 medical centers.

Two years after reconstruction, they collected data on the problems the women experienced, using phone interviews and medical records.

The researchers defined "complications" as events resulting from the surgery that required additional treatment of some kind such as antibiotics for an infection.

"Major complications" were events that required hospitalization, further surgery, or strong antibiotics.

About 45% of the women had at least one complication after the procedure, and about 32% had at least one major complication.

The high rates were unexpected, the researchers said.

Breast Implant Settlement Awards Nearly Ten Million Dollars To U.S. Gov.

Posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 01:59:09:

In Reply to: Breast Reconstruction: When Will This Holocaust End? posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 01:47:46:

Settlement Awards Nearly Ten Million Dollars to U.S. Government for Silicone Breast Implant Expenses

Government Seeks Reimbursement Even as Manufacturers Ask to Put Implants Back on Market

DETROIT, Sept. 20, 2002 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday evening the judge overseeing the Dow Corning bankruptcy signed an order authorizing a $9.8 million settlement with the U.S. Government for medical expenses from breast implant related injuries. The settlement resolves the government's claim to reimburse federal agencies for payments related to the devices.

Ironically, the government is being paid millions of dollars even though silicone breast implants are still commercially available and manufacturers are requesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put the devices back on the market without restriction.

Manufacturers Inamed, Mentor and Silimed have announced their plans to file the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration's Pre-Market Approval applications for unrestricted sale of silicone implants by the end of 2002. Currently all three companies are allowed to sell the devices for cosmetic purposes as part of clinical studies.

"Injuries from silicone breast implants have cost the U.S. Government millions in medical expenses; it is inconceivable that the FDA would consider lifting any restrictions on their sale," said Sybil Niden Goldrich, Founder and Executive Director of the Command Trust Network and implant survivors' representative on the Tort Claimants' Committee.

Due to a regulatory loophole, the FDA has never approved silicone breast implants, nor have they ever been proven safe. However, as many as two million women had received the devices by 1992 when the FDA declared a partial moratorium on their sale due to health complaints.

Until the first augmentation-only clinical trial was approved by the FDA in 1998, implants were only available to breast cancer survivors and women replacing the devices, provided they participated in a manufacturer-sponsored study.

However, members of the U.S. Congress have raised concerns about the data and poor follow-up of these trials and have pointed to on-going criminal investigations of Mentor, one of the manufacturers conducting the trials.

The U.S. government sought reimbursement on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs, Health and Human Services, the Indian Health Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration).

Although Dow Corning's plan to compensate women injured by silicone breast implants was approved nearly three years ago, no checks have been sent to claimants to date. The U.S. Government claim was one of the last legal roadblocks to implementing the plan. Other appeals are pending.

The agreement prevents the government from seeking any additional compensation for implant claims from Dow Corning or from claimants who had Dow Corning breast implants except in instances of criminal or fraudulent activity. However, the government is free to pursue compensation from other manufacturers. The U.S. is in litigation against former implant makers 3M, Bristol Myers Squibb and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

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Don't you think this whole breast cancer thing is overplayed?

Posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 04:16:11:

In Reply to: Breast Reconstruction: When Will This Holocaust End? posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 01:47:46:

Dr. Stoll:

The more women that doctors can diagnose with breast cancer or breast calcifications, the more money that the Allopathic medical establishment can make from selling mastectomies & reconstructions.

Of course GE makes money from selling the mammogram machines, and the breast implant manufacturers get their "piece of the action" and the drug companies keep their stocks up by more sales of Tamoxifen and chemo.

Think of it -- our economy could be devastated if anyone ever came up with a cure for cancer. That's a reason why we won't get a cancer cure from Allopathic medicine.

Please read the article, below. This is how I feel about about this breast cancer business.


[Excerpt: News As Public Relations by Kim McCarten]

Don't you think this whole breast cancer thing is overplayed?

Well, one thing that is never revealed is that this is an environmental disease, caused by toxins; and no one ever talks about the cure, only treatment.

And when you dig deeper you find out that breast cancer awareness month was the brainchild of ICI Industries (Imperial Chemical), which is one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides in the world-pesticides that are filled with cancer-causing toxins and dioxins.

That is essentially why you get all this PR to get your mammograms.

Of course, GE loves this; it brings profits into the mammogram facilities, and deflects attention from the link between cancer and our environment.

And this idea that breasts are just disease-ridden masses lying in wait to kill every woman is just absurd. It's an idea completely supported by every news story it seems.

They often include statements from 'experts' like 'if you have a family history of breast cancer, you better get your breasts cut off;' exaggerations such as that.

Well, it could very well be that your family lived on or near a farm that was dumping pesticides into the soil, which got into the water.

And there's hardly any focus on the fact that lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, and that heart disease kills more women than all cancer deaths combined.

It's the media shaping our health choices, and playing profit games with our lives. I knew it had to be about profits---and our breast obsession.

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Breast Reconstruction: When Will This Holocaust End? (Archive in breast.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 21, 2002 at 10:56:31:

In Reply to: Breast Reconstruction: When Will This Holocaust End? posted by Pam on September 21, 2002 at 01:47:46:

Thanks, Pam.



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