21 Dec 2011

Doctor says defective breast implant not used in NZ

4:35 pm on 21 December 2011

Plastic surgeon representatives say no procedures using a brand of breast implant found to be defective have been performed in New Zealand.

Health authorities in France are concerned for the safety of about 30,000 women who have the so-called PIP implants, (Poly Implant Prothese), which have been linked to a string of health problems.

Medsafe, which administers the medical device database in New Zealand, says the implants are not marketed in this country and are not on the database.

The president of the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons says he has removed intact implants from women who had the procedure done in Europe.

Howard Klein says there may be other women living in New Zealand who have the implants after being operated on overseas.

Dr Klein says any women with breast implants who have concerns should see a plastic surgeon.

The PIP implants have been distributed in Australia.