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PIP implants

Some of you will have seen the headlines about faulty breast implants supplied by Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) that have leaked. French, German and Dutch health authorities have recommended that women fitted with PIP implants should have them removed as a precaution. However, the UK government’s position following an expert committee review which was set-up to examine the risks, found that there is no need for routine removal. NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who led the expert review group, said: “On the basis of the information we have, we do not think it is necessary to recommend the routine removal of these implants”.

Approximately 40,000 women in Britain have these implants and may be affected, very few of these will have received them through a private medical scheme as they are normally provided as part of cosmetic treatment which is generally excluded.

In line with UK government advice, we would recommend that anyone with a concern, should discuss their case with their surgeon or clinic.

If you would like any infromation on whether your medical insurance scheme would include cover to have implants removed then please let us know and we will check with your Insurer.

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