Breast implant removals begins at Caja hospitals

Surgeons at Hospital México removed possibly faulty breast implants from two patients Monday. The two women were the first of some 29 who are scheduled to have the implants removed. According to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Three Caja hospitals are evaluating about 10 woman a day and have identified 139 patients who received implants, the health agency said. Most were given implants because they were mastectomy patients.

The implants, known as PIPs, have been known to rupture easily, and many were made with low-grade silicone that can cause infection or inflammation. The PIP implants were approved by foreign and local health officials until the Ministerio de Salud revoked the approval in the middle of last year. The implants were made by the French firm Poly Implant Prostheses.

Hospitals Calderón Guardia and San Juan de Dios are also participating in the evaluation.

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