I Need Breast Implant Revision Surgery but Don’t Know What Kind of Implants I Have, What Should I do?
September 13th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
It is customary for your surgeon’s office to give you an I.D. card after breast augmentation surgery that contains breast implant information you may need in the future. Unfortunately for many San Francisco Bay Area women, as the years pass they may have lost their card. The best thing to do is to contact your surgeon’s office and see if they have a record of it. If your surgeon is no longer in practice, then try contacting the hospital or surgical facility where you had the procedure done. This should be done as soon as possible because records are not kept indefinitely. In California records only need to be kept for 7 years, but each state has its own requirements.
When having breast implant revision surgery, it is very helpful to the surgeon to know who the manufacturer of your breast implants is, and what type and size they are. In many cases, the manufacturer will cover the cost of the breast implants and provide compensation to the hospital or surgery center for part of the cost of the revision, if the reason for the revision is the failure of the breast implants.