silicone breast toxicity w breast implants - Beverly Hills, CA

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I say it was not worth (not exactly sure what I...

I say it was not worth (not exactly sure what I paid in 90's) it because of my present situation. I had breast implants done sometime around 1996... Cannot say exactly because Dr. Leslie Stephens, in BH, who did the surgery miraculously lost my chart! I loved my breast implants and wish I had done the SALINE implants and had a better understanding of the risk! It is now Jan 2014 and I am extremely ill and have been for the last 1 1/2 years. I have been to every kind of specialist and have had every test run as I became more ill and bed ridden from fatigue and immense pain. Finally Dr. ARKFELD, a rheumatologist from USC Keck hospital diagnosed me with silicone breast disease from leakage. Without going into how truly deathly ill I am, I BEG anyone, before having breast implants, read the book The Naked Truth" by Dr. Susan Kolb. It will educate you on the truth about implants and help you make a more informed choice and how to care for yourself after having the implants. If I had of known what I know now I would not be in this situation. It does not mean you cannot get implants but one needs to be aware of when to have MRI and when to exchange them out. Chances are your doctor will not tell you that. I went back to Dr. Stevens to try and find out more information about my implants and tell him what is going on. He actually was showing me NEW silicone implants he could replace mine with when I am so ill w silicone breast implant toxicity due to rupture and leakage. Please don't think it will not happen to you BECAUSE IT CAN. The book is only $17.95 and will be the best $ you will spend before spending $$ in implants. I am now spending $$$ to have Dr Kolb do an explantation and try and save my life. The silicone leakage has traveled thru out my body so we are not sure how much damage has been done until she performs the 6 hour surgery n Jan 24 th.
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

DR Stevens was very professional and a great surgeon. I would recommend him to do your surgery if you have read the book The Naked Truth by Dr. Susan Kolb and are well informed about silicone breast implants and choosing saline breast implants and then taking care of yourself after any implants. You are putting a toxic substance in your body and need to be aware of what can likely happen. I was never informed to have an MRI after every mammogram or every 2 to 3 years and to change out implants about every 8 to 10 years. Your PS will probably not tell you either. All is can say is ORDER AND READ the book THE NAKED TRUTH by Dr. Susan Kolb, who actually does implants.

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