Mater Private statement in response to HSE update regarding textured breast implants

Published Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 16:24 pm

  • Dublin

Statement from the Mater Private Hospital in response to the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Health Serious Incident Management Team (SIMT) update and advices regarding textured breast implants, and associated risk of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

The Mater Private Hospital is liaising with and will continue to monitor closely the Health Service Executive’s updates regarding textured breast implants.

The Health Service Executive and Department of Health established a Senior Incident Management Team expert group to advise Irish Healthcare practitioners in both the public and private sectors as to the level of risk and how to identify and monitor such risks appropriately with patients.  The risks have been identified at a low level and in respect of a very rare form of cancer (not a form of breast cancer).

The Mater Private Hospital continues to take all appropriate necessary and indeed pro-active steps to ensure that all Mater Private patients who have received breast implant surgery at the Mater Private Hospital are informed of this development as a factual and precautionary measure and certainly not to give rise to any undue alarm, anxiety or concern.

Since December 2018, the Mater Private Hospital has withdrawn the use of Allergan textured implants from circulation and use in the Mater Private Hospital.  This is in line with the Health Service Executive national guidance.  Following the Senior Incident Management Team’s data sharing, we are now engaging with all patients who have had breast implant surgery up to December 2018.

We appreciate that this information may cause a degree of concern or anxiety to patients with breast implants.  We have established the Mater Private Breast Implant Helpline on 1800 855 832 (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm), where we can factually address any concerns or queries you may have.  For the purposes of General Data Protection Regulations compliance, we will not be in a position to discuss any patient specific concerns or symptomology.  We respectfully suggest that any patients with clinical queries relating to their specific surgeries, or personal clinical concerns should contact their General Practitioner in the first instance.

We reiterate that we advise all patients of the Mater Private Hospital to be breast aware and refer to our Mater Private Hospital Fact Sheet. Download it here.

Where to go for more information
The Health Product Regulatory Authority Ireland recently published information on this subject you may also find useful: www.hpra.ie/homepage/medical-devices/special-topics/breast-implants
This information is also available on www.hse.ie/breastimplants. We will update this page as new information becomes available.