Friday, November 17th, was a joyous day for Allergan and Mentor Corp. These two companies were finally given the green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell their silicone-gel implants after a 14-year ban.
The silicone-gel implants have been banned from the market since 1992 because they were believed to leak and cause women to be sick. But since no link has been found between silicone-gel implants and disease, the FDA decided to lift the ban. However, there are still some concerns regarding the silicone-gel implants due to the fact that these implants don’t last forever and there is always the risk of rupture. In order to detect these leaks, regular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exams will have to be made with no guarantee that it will be covered by medical insurance. Furthermore, silicone-gel implants cost two times more than saline implants which are considered safer. Now I understand why doctors prefer the silicone-gel implants.
I hope, for the safety of all those 300,000 people who get implants each year, the FDA made its decision based on scientific facts and was not influenced by corporate and political pressure. Hopefully, this will be on the agenda for Congress’ next meeting where the matter will be given a closer look.

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