Recovery from Rheumatoid Arthritis following Removal of Silicone Breast Implants and Autlogous Fat Transfer
In July 2012 a patient was referred to me who had had silicone gel breast implants inserted 27 years previously (in 1985). She wanted to have her implants removed and replaced. An ultrasound had shown bilateral rupture of her implants. As an aside, she had developed rheumatoid arthritis and was taking methotrexate 20 mg each week.
On examination, the implants were situated in front of the muscle and were surrounded by hard capsules.
In September 2012 the implants were removed and replaced with smooth-walled saline filled implants inserted in the new pocket behind the pectoral muscles.
The patient continued to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis with swollen joints and, after a few more years, decided to have her implants removed and replaced with her own fat.
In July 2017 both her breast implants were removed and replaced with her own fat taken from her hips and thighs.
On review, 6 weeks following her surgery, my patient was delighted with the appearance of her breasts which looked and felt much more natural with her own fat. But remarkably, she stated that she had no further pain from her rheumatoid arthritis since the surgery! In fact, on the day following surgery, she was able to slide a ring over her finger for the first time in years as the joint swelling had subsided.
I have arranged some blood tests to see whether her rheumatoid factor and other blood markers of inflammation have gone down but my patient has had no attack of rheumatoid arthritis for the 6 weeks since removal of her breast implants!
There are now a number of cases similar to this where women have shown recovery from symptoms of autoimmune disease following removal of their silicone breast implants. Interestingly, even though her current implants were saline filled, they still had a silicone shell and it appears that the silicone in this shell was sufficient to trigger her rheumatoid arthritis. On speaking with rheumatologists, it appears that even a tiny amount of silicone can act as an “adjuvant” and thus trigger an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.
So, not only does breast augmentation with your own fat produce a far more natural result, but also compared with an implant may prevent diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis!
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