I had Sientra implants in 12/2013. I developed an atypical mycobacerial infection.
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This is an unusual infection, and is not associated with Sientra implants, to my knowledge. It is more typically related to an inadvertent break in sterile technique by the surgical team, or instrument contamination. It has been reported in surgical marking dye, liposuction cannulas, and a number of other outside sources, like fish tanks, hot tubs, soil and farm animals.
Sientra had an independent inspection of their implants, and their reintroduction into the US market was approved by the FDA.
Implants out, antibiotics. If you're "still dealing with this" then your surgeon is not dealing with this correctly.
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Hope this helps and best of luck!
P.S. Sientra implants have returned to the market with ongoing FDA approval in the United States as of this month- March 2016 and are only available at this time in the Albany NY, Capital District area at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC
Atypical mycobacterium infection
I am sure you are working with an infectious disease specialist and know that the type of infection you have is most commonly found in patients that are immunocompromised in some way. Many types of the atypical mycobacterium come from the environment (soil, water, vegetables, and dairy products). Any foreign body (like suture material, breast implant, heart valve, or orthopedic implant) can be a place where bacteria commonly grow essentially beyond reach of your immune system.
I have had one patient who developed an area of infection a year after an abdominoplasty that required surgical removal and resolved. Some patients require many aggressive surgeries to try and control this process and it can be very devastating. I hope you are working with the best specialists available in your area, and wish you the best during this difficult time.
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