Some of the breast impnat patients develop symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, hair loss, swollen glands and IBS that cannot be explained from a medical standpoint. While breast implant illness or BII, is not a medical diagnosis. Dr. Robert Whitfield believes that it is important to listen to each patient to help them develop a plan for their care. Many patients are experiencing symptoms that cause them to request breast implant removal surgery in Austin, TX.
Breast implant removal surgery involves the removal of both the capsule and the implant in their entirety. Dr. Whitfield believes strongly that it his duty, and his privilege, to take care of his patients in whatever way possible. Part of this is trying to understand the underlying “why” behind unexplained symptoms. Dr. Whitfield can and does perform en bloc capsulectomy for his breast cancer and breast augmentation patients requiring or requesting breast implant removal. In the case of breast cancer, the patient will be provided the option of a reconstruction with their own tissue using the DIEP free flap.
Post removal, Dr. Whitfield evaluates the information from the DNA analysis of the capsule and the pathology of the capsule. If there is bacterial or fungal contamination, recommendations will be discussed with the patient. At this point, it is also helpful if the patient has had genetic analysis with “23 and Me.” The raw data can be analyzed to help those patients better understand any genetic predisposition. Recommendations about the environmental factors, diet and overall nutritional status of the patient will be evaluated by referral to the appropriate providers.
Breast implant-related illness is a term for a cluster of symptoms that some patients develop who also have breast implants. The most common complaints are:
Recovery time varies, based on the patient. Since many women come in with their immune systems already suppressed it may require a bit longer to recover. In general, recovery from breast implant removal surgery will take in the range of one to four weeks. Symptoms related to autoimmune disorders require longer. Many options will be discussed regarding treatment of other underlying medical conditions once the implants have been removed.
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