Only half of the 12 plastic surgeons of whom the Directorate of Health requested information on all breast augmentation operations that have been carried out in Iceland (i.e. not only those carried out by the surgeon using PIP implants) have provided a formal response, even though the deadline to do so expired on January 13.
Breast implants. The photo is unrelated to the story. Source: Wikipedia.
The surgeons, who work at private clinics, received a letter with the aforementioned request on January 5, Fréttablaðið reports.
According to information from the Directorate of Health, only one of the 12 surgeons has returned the requested documents on paper, five have responded formally and four requested an extension due to them being abroad, among other reasons.
Two have not responded and so formal replies from six surgeons have yet to be received.
The Icelandic Association of General Physicians sent a letter received by the Directorate of Health on January 16, requesting a meeting on behalf of the Association of Plastic Surgeons to discuss the matter with the medical director of health.
The meeting is scheduled next week.
The Directorate of Health explained that they had requested information on breast augmentation operations from the plastic surgeons to obtain an overview of such operations and be able to evaluate the frequency of ruptures and other incidents.
Other European countries have also carried out such actions in light of the defective PIP breast implants.
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