Breast Implant Illness Experts

Dr Pierre Blais

Dr Pierre Blais is the world’s foremost expert on breast implants as failed medical devices and has written several articles in regard to the failure of breast implants based on his analysis and findings during examining thousands of implants.  Unfortunately Dr. Blais is no longer accepting specimens or inquiries due to retirement.  If you submitted a specimen to Dr. Blais previously and want it returned, please email him at [email protected]   

Dr Lu Jean Feng

Dr. Lu Jean Feng of Pepperpike, Ohio in the U.S. is one of the world’s first and foremost explant surgeons with many educational video’s regarding proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant and breast implant illness here.

Dr Feng recently completed a long term breast implant illness study recently published here.  Dr Feng has conducted other clinical research and studies here.

Dr Diana Zuckerman

Dr. Diana Zuckerman founded the National Center for Health Research specializing in women’s health issues, and has been speaking out about breast implants for close to 30 years. In 1990, she was an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives who was responsible for the first Congressional hearing and report on breast implants, which pointed out that the FDA had allowed breast implants to be sold without ever requiring studies of women.  This raised questions about leaking implants, the possible link to cancer, and many of the health risks that have been coined breast implant illness by this website.  From 1990 through today, she has analyzed the dubious “check book” science that was published and widely quoted to falsely assure women that breast implants were “proven safe.”  Dr. Zuckerman regularly speaks at FDA meetings regarding health problems from breast implants and other implants, and is currently assisting women to get explant surgery covered by health insurance in the U.S.  Please browse Dr Zuckerman’s breast implant website containing valuable insurance and other information for U.S. women.    

Dr Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld

Dr Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld is another expert who published AutoImmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced By Adjuvants – ASIA Syndrome in regard to breast implants here.

Dr Frank Vasey

Dr Frank Vasey is a Rheumatologist who has written about the dark side of breast implants and studied the link between rheumatic disease finding and symptoms and silicone breast implants here.

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Cheryl Duet

    Thanks Nicole I’m so thankful I found out about this site I am scheduled for ex plant July 12 2021 I’m am scared to death but I know I’m doing the right thing by getting them out. Thanks again for all your research.

  2. Annie Ellis

    Lisa! Explanant those implants! I had mine way too long, I complained of weird symptoms and Mammograms DONT See Silicone. I had them removed in 2014 along with a mass under each one. The Oncologist decided morning if surgery to just remove the big glands under my right arm. Turned out a mass there too. I felt better about 3 years. Every single symptom mentioned here I now have. My brain function, both knees went bad in couple months, dry mouth, teeth being extracted that were fine a month ago, eyes are awful vision and so painful, ALL my glands Everywhere are big and painful. Some days I can barely do Anything. I once again have been a GUINEA Pig, going to 8 specialists, Rhuematologist, Hematologist, etc.. I see the Oncologist in a few days. I wish she had if taken out the glands under my other armpit as the MRI Does show glass like Opacities and irregular lymph glands and now another mass I am now upset she did not take out in the explanation surgery, as m illness now is Much worse than 6 years ago, most likely because the enlarged silicone filled glands were Left under tgat arm. I Know the silicone has traveled to my brain, got a brain MRI last week and have the 5 hrs of tests for brain function next week. My sister never had her implants taken out. Instead SHE was Also a Guinea Pig. She hit blood and bone cancer, had her pancreas removed, had heart palpitations and had heart valve replacement. After TEN MONTHS in hospital she came home. We were out watching the dolphins play in the ocean and as I walked her in to her room she had strokes and ended up in ICU 6 days. She was on a ventilator and would never walk, talk , breathe, eat, drink , or do anything again. She could Understand the doctor telling us this, and her eyes got huge and I knew she did not want to live like that! We ended up pulling her breathing tube and letting her go. In the Autopsy they could see signs of 28 consecutive Strokes, oily silicone all in her brain and Everywhere! Silicone all around the heart valve they had put in And the other heart valve was diminished like IT was eaten. Silicone took her beautiful life. I am Praying they can remove the rest of the boy glands and several masses I now feel around my rib cage. In the last TWO MONTHS my symptoms are through the roof and my life is ruined because the implants were taken out but nothing all the silicone filled glands. Scary thing is, every single gland is now big and painful all around my head, everywhere…. The salivary glands are huge and I am afraid since the silicone was already Leaked in to my underarms tgat it is in All my glands from salivary to in my brain. My heart palpitations are most likely just like my beautiful sisters, heart valves being damaged by silicone! Now there is a hard lump in my mouth that wasn’t there a month ago. It’s gotten so scary. To think how many Doctors I have gone to in the last year, especially the last 6 Months is crazy. Then I finally found the video and this site and information tonight!!! I will be telling each doctor. I Know the silicone oil has gone Everywhere, my head aches are insane, I got Rheumatoid arthritis , Srogens syndrome, and so many other health issues. My life at 64 went down Fast! My poor sister never had a chance, as the doctors had no clue. Since she didn’t complain about pain in one breast like I did for 4 -5 years, NO doctor even Thought of her implants being the culprits! Believe me You Want them out if you are having any of the symptoms. I can’t believe how Fast it took me down, from being a long time stunt woman, to where I can barely drive 5 miles do shopping for my 90 year old mom, feed the birds and back to bed. Couple doctor appointments a week and still all just Guessing. I am PRAYING I can get some life back and that these Hurrendous Pains subside🙏 Wishing you a smooth recovery, but I definitely would not wait on getting them out if you are having Any symptoms.

  3. Rita Boland

    I have researched the net extensively to try and find a qualified surgeon for complete removal of encapsulated implants. My situation is dire.
    Thank you,
    Rita B

      1. Cheryl Duet

        I have implants since 1996 and have been wanting to remove them for years but when I went to talk to dr about removing them he examined my breast and said that he didn’t see any issues and said he saw no reason to tale them out. Now keep in mind since I got my implants my health has declined in so many ways not feeling good for years then finally when I went in for my yearly Gynogoligist check up in or around 2006 which was 10 years of having my implants, I talked to my dr about me loosing strength in my arms and legs. He had me immediately go to a neurologist and from there it was test after test after test. Then they finally sent me to a rheumatologist and after numerous blood test and other test they diagnosed me with Lupus. I have since been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, poor circulation in my lower extremities, my cervical and lumbar are terrible I have had surgery once on my cervical and looking to have another surgery sometime this year. I had lumbar surgery on Jan 29, 2021, I have all types of issues with reflux, gastroparesis, etc, I’m now facing having to have my mitral valve replaced and I my tricuspid valve has leakage also, I have high blood pressure, I’m now over weight due to medication they have me on. I’m on way to much medication daily hate having to take it. They even have me on chemo pills once a week. From the medication they had me on since 2006 for lupus I recently was taken off of Hydroxychloroquine and prednisone due to both my eyes making changes which means I may go blind waiting to see eye doctor to see if there has been any further damage to my eyes since I was taken off. This was diagnosed Jan 27, 2021. I am facing a vein procedure in both my legs one scheduled on June 17, 2021 and the other leg soon thereafter once my right leg heals. I have issues in both my feet. I would love to talk to someone regarding having my implants removed properly so that my body can heal. I just never been right ever since I got these implants. Tired of hurting 24/7 Thanks Cheryl Duet

        1. Mini

          Hi Cheryl,
          I also was told that I needed a vein procedure in my left leg, but I refused to have my main vein cauterized and closed off. I just knew it had to be something else. After my explant, it went away. I hope this helps.

  4. Rebecca

    Hi, I’m from Dorset in England. I have almost all of the symptoms of BII and the past month got dramatically worse. If I request to have them removed by the company I had them done due to this. Should I still have to pay? I can’t understand or get round the fact, that something so harmful to my body, I should have to pay £4000/£7000 to have them removed. I paid so much to have them in. I can’t feel the way I’m feeling anymore, but I also can’t afford £4000/£7000 either.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Rebecca,
      Your placing surgeon may remove your implants for a lower cost however he is unlikely to explant you properly which means En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy. The only thing you can do is report your symptoms to him and tell him you want your implants removed and all the capsule tissue removed as well and see what he says. Don’t let him talk you into just slipping the implants out or leaving the capsules behind because you won’t recover from your symptoms. Removing capsule tissue correlates with our recovery. We feel its safest to go to a surgeon known for explanting properly even if does cost you.

  5. Silvia Smith

    Where can I get surgeon names highly recommended for Wichita, Kansas?

  6. Lise Tanguay Chowdhury

    Thank you Nicole for all your work and research.
    So important and valuable.

  7. Elena Diaz

    Those doctors listed for implant explant are the only ones in United States? Is there any in Mexico?

  8. Marcia

    Can these things cause mental illness to get worse? Can they make you suicidal?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Marcia,
      Yes breast implants do cause anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, studies show there is higher incidence of suicide with breast implant users.

    2. Julie

      Bonjour, Marcia
      Oui tout à fait, je fais partie de ses femmes. J’ai eu un implant durant près de 30 ans et durant toute ces années sans acception j’ai été placé dans trouble de santé mentale, malgré le fait que je disais aux médecins vous faites fausse route sur le diagnostique. Je ressentais que c’était mon corps physique qui était malade et qui me donnait des symptômes psychologiques tel que la dépression, l’anxiété, les attaques de panique, les idées suicidaires, des signes du trouble de la personnalité, etc. TOUS ces symptômes sont entièrement partis depuis mon opération en capsulectomie-en bloc par la Dre Lu-Jean Feng, une pionniaire dans ce type de chirurgie. Ma vie est passée de position alitée à vivre à nouveau! Le silicone qui était dans mon corps est partie en majorité, on ne pourra pas pour l’instant savoir combien de dépôts il reste dans le système imminutaire, mais ma santé est revnue à 90% passant de plus de 60 symptômes à 2-3! Garde courage et surtout renseigne-toi bien. Lis toutes les informations sur son site, Nicole a un excellent résumé de toutes les informations nécessaires pour se sortir de cet état qui accable notre santé.

  9. Cathy Phillips

    I am so grateful, thank you

  10. Amy Hooks

    Hi, have you heard of or come across any research or studies that have shown abnormal cardiac values (extremely elevated HDL, elevated Cardiac C reactive Protein, elevated Fibrinogen Antigen, elevated apo-lipoprotein A1) associated with Silicone Breast Implants?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Amy,
      Come to the group and use the search feature and search the posts about those specific test values and you will find women reporting them.

    2. Lisa Schaefer

      I coded 6 times exactly a year after my gel implants were out in. Spent a week in the hospital and they couldn’t figure out why! I’m currently seeing a cardiologist who’s sending me to an EP cardiologist thinking I need a pacemaker because my heart goes from the 30’s to 160’s. No blockages, no enlarged heart. I have chest pain and shortness of breath thinking I’m having a heart attack but I’m not. I just recently heard of the recalled implants so I started researching. I don’t have that brand but I have nearly ever single symptom shown! My neurologist wants me to do a 5 hour memory test cuz I can’t remember things. I am bipolar manic depressive but I’ve tried to kill myself a few times in the last year! My anger and rage is worse than ever! I’m in tears now because I’m 105 pounds and had implants put in after weight loss surgery. So now I’m worried!

  11. Ruth Heidrich

    Thanks, Nicole, I’ll check this doctor out. BTW, what is “SSED”?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Ruth,
      SSED stands for Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data.

  12. Taqtik

    Thanks for sharing the informative information with us.

  13. Ruth Heidrich

    I have a dear friend who is a chemistry professor who questions me when I refer to heavy metals being leached into the body along with the silicone. Are there any reputable, scientific sources that I can both read and refer to him?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Ruth,
      Yes there are, please check out Dr. S V Maharaj who is a silicone platinum expert. Also women do heavy metal testing via hair and other tissue samples that show metals and many go on do provoked 24 hour urine tests and find the metals. Personally I found high vanadium in my hair tests and vanadium was one of the highest metals in my breast implants according to the SSED for my implants.

    2. Charlene Maloney

      Yes, Please google “Gel Bleed and rupture of silicone breast implant investigated”. It will bring up a report from the “Cllinical Medical Reviews and Case reports, 2016.”
      This is a case of a female who had a rupture, cancer, then passed away. This is the report of her autopsy which shows that she had silicone particles throughout her body. It seems somewhere it does say they found silicone droplets in the brain and liver.

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