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Sunday, December 02, 2012 jmh9563, Community Member, asks

Q: I had a biopsy on my breast and the surgeon punctured my breast implant.

I just recently had a biopsy taken on a solid mass in my breast..during the biopsy the surgeon punctured my breast implant. Are they responsible to pay for the cost of a replacement or removal of the implant?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
12/ 2/12 4:59pm

I haven't heard of this happening before.  It seems reasonable to me that you would be reimbursed for any costs that occur because of the surgeon's mistake.  However, it may turn out that some of the fine print in the documents you signed before surgery say otherwise.  How did the surgeon explain the mistake and what did he say needed to be done about the punctured implant?  What does the plastic surgeon who originally put in the implant say?  I hope the biopsy turned out to be benign and that you are OK.

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jmh9563, Community Member
12/ 2/12 5:11pm

Well the surgeon never said anything about puncturing the implant. I didn't even notice until the next day when I looked in the mirror. I go for a consult with my plastic surgeon (the dr who put the implants in) on Tuesday morning to see what he is thinking. Then I go Tuesday afternoon for my results of the biopsy. I know I should be finding out my results first....but Tuesday morning was the only time the plastic surgeon had time.

 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
12/ 2/12 5:45pm

Of course, what you ultimately need to do about the implant will depend on the results of the biopsy.  However, I think it is good that you will get a chance to talk to the plastic surgeon about what will need to happen with the punctured implant before you see the doctor about the biopsy.  That way you will be better prepared to ask intelligent questions about the next steps either way. I hope you get good news.

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jmh9563, Community Member
12/ 2/12 6:07pm

Thank you:) I will keep you posted on eveything!Cool

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
12/ 2/12 8:32pm

We will look forward to learning what you find out.

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By jmh9563, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/02/12, First Published: 12/02/12