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PIP Breast Implants Removed at Icelandic State’s Cost

The Icelandic government decided on Tuesday to contribute ISK 90-150 million (USD 735,000-1.2 million, EUR 554,000-924,000) from the state budget to the removal of defective PIP breast implants in all women who have the implants in Iceland, approximately 400.


The Landspítali national hospital. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

Ultrasound scanning determined that more than 80 percent of the women who were examined had ruptured implants, ruv.is reports.

The operations will be carried out in the coming six months at Landspítali, the national hospital. The women will however not have the opportunity to get new breast implants at the same time.

“The hospital has never conducted beautification surgery and therefore we find it natural to refer women to suitable surgeons if they wish to have new implants,” Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson explained to Morgunblaðið.

“They will not give the women the authority to buy new implants themselves and have them inserted during the surgery. I’m not content,” commented lawyer Saga Ýrr Jónsdóttir, who represents the 80 women who are planning to sue over the PIP implants.

CEO of Landspítali Geir Zoëga explained to Morgunblaðið that another reason for the hospital’s surgeons not wanting to insert new breast implants immediately after the ruptured implants are removed is that they may have caused irritation in the breast tissue. It is safer to allow the breasts to recover before new implants are inserted, Geir stated.

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