Breast Implant Illness Lawsuit Filed Over Ailments from Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Implants

Two women have filed a product liability lawsuit that alleges they experienced a variety of health problems, commonly referred to as “breast implant illness”, after Mentor MemoryGel silicone implants were placed in their bodies. 

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Amber Brooks, of Missouri, and Jamie Gale, of Kansas, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, seeking damages from Mentor Worldwide, LLC, for selling the silicone breast implants without warning about potential side effects and adverse reactions experienced by women.

Brooks indicates that she received Mentor MemoryGel Breast Implants in March 2016, and Gale received her implants in September 2009. In each case, the women indicate that they began suffering a large number of health problems from the breast implants, including muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, recurrent vaginal infections, rashes, lesions, bumps, cognitive problems, headaches, loss of breast sensation, inflammation, gastrointestinal issues and other health problems.

Similar symptoms have been reported by a growing number of women in recent years after breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery, and the condition is increasingly referred to as “breast implant illness”.

As a result of the problems, Brooks indicates that she had her breast implants removed in February 2017, less than a year they were put in place. Gale had her implants removed in July 2017. In both cases, the side effects disappeared after removal of the breast implants.

The lawsuit claims Mentor has known about the health problems linked to silicone breast implants for years, yet failed to warn the medical community or patients, actively concealing the risks women may face, and failing to properly conduct a number of post-approval studies required by the FDA.

“(A) Mentor chemist of 15 years reported to the FDA that Mentor’s implants are more likely to break than the company reported. It has also been reported that the silicone is more likely to leak, even when the implants are intact, and that the materials used in the implants are more dangerous than reported,” the lawsuit states. “Mentor knew of these risks associated with its implants, but covered them up by terminating studies, sponsoring only self-serving research it could control, and by misrepresenting the risks to the users, physicians, and regulatory agencies.”

Brooks and Gale present claims of negligence, failure to warn and manufacturing defect.

Breast Implant Side Effects

A growing number of doctors are recognizing symptoms and problems similar to those experienced by Brooks and Gale as “breast implant illness,” commonly involving chronic side effects, such as fatigue, cognitive problems, muscle and joint pain, hair loss, infections, gastrointestinal problems, rashes and thyroid issues. In many cases, the problems have led women to have their breast implants removed, and concerns about the risk have become a factor many are questioning whether to undergo breast enhancement or reconstruction surgery.

Breast implants have been placed in the bodies of more than 10 million women across the globe over the last decade, and the FDA’s own data acknowledges that as many as 20% these women will get the breast implants removed less than 10 years later, often to complications like rupturing, scar tissue problems and deflation.

In addition to breast implant illness, new concerns have emerged in recent years about growing reports involving women diagnosed with a rare cancer in the tissue surrounding the device, which is known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

According to a report published in December 2018, as part of an investigation into medical devices known as the “Implant Files”, investigators found that regulators have largely allowed manufacturers to hide these potential side effects of breast implants from the public in prior years.

Before 2016, there were fewer than 200 suspected breast implant injuries reported every year, according to the report. However, in 2017, the FDA deployed more stringent medical device reporting rules, which no longer allowed manufacturers to report “routine events” without making them public. In 2017, the number of reports jumped to 4,567, and there were more than 8,200 reports in the first half of 2018 alone.

The report indicates that regulators worldwide allow breast implant manufacturers to get away with violating reporting rules.

43 Comments

  • Emma JoyMay 26, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I had Mentor Memory Gel implants in 2016 and was severely ill with constant excruciating headaches, body aches, rashes, redness in eyes and other health issues for 3 years, I was in and out of the ER saw many doctors/specialists. Had to get shots on my neck and back of my head for the headaches but did not help. I got sever depression from feeling so ill. No one could figure out my illness or sym[Show More]I had Mentor Memory Gel implants in 2016 and was severely ill with constant excruciating headaches, body aches, rashes, redness in eyes and other health issues for 3 years, I was in and out of the ER saw many doctors/specialists. Had to get shots on my neck and back of my head for the headaches but did not help. I got sever depression from feeling so ill. No one could figure out my illness or symptoms and I was becoming fragile fast. I explanted in December of 2019, it was like turning off a switch. Most of my symptoms and illnesses gone and feeling somewhat better again. I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2018. I continue with the fibromyalgia symptoms but it does not compare with the symptoms I had when I had the implants. Is there a lawsuit for these type of implants that I may qualify for for damages and suffering? Warmly, Joy Acuña-Rivera

  • RuthOctober 22, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I have had all these same problems. Dr's treated me like I was crazy and sent me to a shrink . I have PTSD, suicidal tendencies, depression, panic attacks, tremors, horrible problems became allergic to dairy cant put on any weight, loss of muscle mass, brain fog, severe fatigue, joint pain, I get sick so easily, loss of sex drive, had to have my uterus removed dur to chronic yeast infection [Show More]I have had all these same problems. Dr's treated me like I was crazy and sent me to a shrink . I have PTSD, suicidal tendencies, depression, panic attacks, tremors, horrible problems became allergic to dairy cant put on any weight, loss of muscle mass, brain fog, severe fatigue, joint pain, I get sick so easily, loss of sex drive, had to have my uterus removed dur to chronic yeast infection that lasted none stop for 3 yrs. You name it I had mentor saline 600cc put in, in 2006. Had no idea my worsening health had anything to do with them. I cant afford to get them removed. Looking for a miracle, and a lawyer that could help with compensation for the hell my family and i gave had to live though. Dr Bill's, lack of energy to even be a good mother. Had any of these side effects been listed before i recieved these death bags i would never in a million years risked even one of these side effects..

  • HaleighSeptember 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I had mentor implants placed 6/8/2016 and have been ill almost constantly ever since. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and a large list of other diseases, with most of the symptoms other women have claimed on this site. Is there any way to get legal help in getting them removed? I can’t afford to get them explanted due to the tens of things I’ve had to spend on medical bills.

  • JillSeptember 26, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Hi, does anyone know if their breast implant ruptures or leaks before it's even a year old, do they have to pay to have them replaced? In this case they are gummy implants. I received them in Oct of 2020 and have not gotten a mammogram all of 2021, until I discovered a large lump in my left breast. The radiologist that read the mammogram and ultrasound suspects it is silicone and the pictures in[Show More]Hi, does anyone know if their breast implant ruptures or leaks before it's even a year old, do they have to pay to have them replaced? In this case they are gummy implants. I received them in Oct of 2020 and have not gotten a mammogram all of 2021, until I discovered a large lump in my left breast. The radiologist that read the mammogram and ultrasound suspects it is silicone and the pictures indicate it is ruptured. I'm getting an MRI soon, which will indicate if this is 100% the case. Am I responsible for the cost to replace them? They are literally less than 1 year old! Thank you

  • JanaApril 24, 2021 at 4:14 am

    I had my first set of mentor implants in 1995 then do to a rupture I had them replaced in 2005. During all this time I slowly started having problems migraines, fatigue, severe joint pain. I talk with many’s doctors they gave me diagnosis of autoimmune disorder, Thyroid Disorder, Barrett’s esophagus, celiacs and so on. On 2018 I had a capsulized 4 and 3. I talked with a surgeon about having them o[Show More]I had my first set of mentor implants in 1995 then do to a rupture I had them replaced in 2005. During all this time I slowly started having problems migraines, fatigue, severe joint pain. I talk with many’s doctors they gave me diagnosis of autoimmune disorder, Thyroid Disorder, Barrett’s esophagus, celiacs and so on. On 2018 I had a capsulized 4 and 3. I talked with a surgeon about having them out and was told I just need to have them replaced. So now I have silicone and I have gone down hill so fast my head is spinning. I have Everything symptoms on the Breast implant illness list. Some days I can’t even bare to get out of bed. I feel all these symptoms should have been in a disclaimer so we could make a decision where we wanted to be healthy and small busted or sick and have large breast. I am searching for a attorney that might be willing to take on my case against mentor. It seems they can keep making these time bombs with no consideration to the woman who or in horrible pain and feel as though they are dying. I am having mine removed and looking forward to hopefully getting better. These implants have stole so much of my life and given me many illnesses I have just scraped the surface . I lost my Job and some of my best years. Much love to all of you ladies who have suffered as I have. I pray we may all be able to improve our health and happiness.

  • JeanineMarch 29, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I had breast cancer in 2014. I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery where mentor high profile silicone gel implants 550 mL on both sides were used. Because I went through six rounds of chemotherapy I always thought the health issues I have been plagued with over the last 6 1/2 years or because of the chemotherapy. I have had so many different health issues that I started to think [Show More]I had breast cancer in 2014. I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery where mentor high profile silicone gel implants 550 mL on both sides were used. Because I went through six rounds of chemotherapy I always thought the health issues I have been plagued with over the last 6 1/2 years or because of the chemotherapy. I have had so many different health issues that I started to think something is really wrong And it can’t All be from chemotherapy that was 6 1/2 years ago. As I research more I am now convinced it is the implants which I am going to have removed as soon as I can get an appointment. I’ve had all kinds of tests and nothing else seems to be the problem it. I was a fitness competitor prior to my cancer diagnosis but now I can’t even walk my dog without pain. I will be seeking legal action. I feel like I’m dying so many days that I don’t even wanna get up but I do. I don’t feel like myself, I wanted so much after the cancer diagnosis to get back to my life and now I have been struggling for years with one thing after another. As I read all these comments it sickens me.

  • JESSICAFebruary 9, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I had mentor memory gel 525cc put in in July 2020. I've had migraines, stomach pain, lower breast pain, breakouts and much more since the implants. Went in today to get them out because of also excessive rippling and plastic feeling and possible synmastia, and the doctor didn't take them out to switch them for the sientra hsc+ like he was suppose to!!!! Even the paperwork and nurses and everyone k[Show More]I had mentor memory gel 525cc put in in July 2020. I've had migraines, stomach pain, lower breast pain, breakouts and much more since the implants. Went in today to get them out because of also excessive rippling and plastic feeling and possible synmastia, and the doctor didn't take them out to switch them for the sientra hsc+ like he was suppose to!!!! Even the paperwork and nurses and everyone knew we were exchanging implants and he did do it. He just moved f on over to under. What do I do

  • KimberlyFebruary 5, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    After having Mentor Silicone high profile implants put in in 2008, was diagnosed with Inflammatory breast cancer in 2016. After my double mastectomy in May of 2018 I had Mentor Memory Gel implants put in during reconstruction. I am now scheduled to have them removed after numerous health problems.

  • CynthiaDecember 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I have Mentor MemoryGel Smooth Round implants; 2007. For the last several years I have not felt well, and have sought medical advice (including Cleveland Clinic) for various symptoms only to be told that there is nothing wrong with me (countless blood tests, CT scans, X-Ray’s, MRI’s, Ultrasounds, bone density, dental deterioration, mental health, etc.); it was recommended that I pursue psychiatri[Show More]I have Mentor MemoryGel Smooth Round implants; 2007. For the last several years I have not felt well, and have sought medical advice (including Cleveland Clinic) for various symptoms only to be told that there is nothing wrong with me (countless blood tests, CT scans, X-Ray’s, MRI’s, Ultrasounds, bone density, dental deterioration, mental health, etc.); it was recommended that I pursue psychiatric evaluation. I’ve been denied long term disability insurance. I continued to go back to my primary physician as I just don’t feel well. My mammogram’s showed micro calcification’s in the past, though, the most recent two year study shows my breasts so dense that Radiologist’s could not provide an accurate determination of my breast health (I had little breast tissue before the implants). I’ve suffered with overall malaise, nodules on my thyroid, weight/appetite and hair loss, extreme dry skin, loss of muscle tissue-sagging skin, accelerated aging of skin, swollen joints, severe insomnia, cracking/bleeding of my skin, Electromagnetic and radio frequency sensitivity, severe asthma, breathing difficulty, upper and lower GI pain/digestive issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing, brain fog, memory degradation, and this year, a Thorasic Dissection (Aneurysm) in my chest as well as a fluke asthma attack (22% oxygen in my blood) that nearly killed me. My research shows that the implants I have contain a high level of heavy metal’s, hence my EMI/RFI sensitivity to satellite devices such as cell phones, computers, in home satellite water meter, and electric meters on my home; I’m literally an antenna, and having meters replaced with analog devices. Up until recently I didn’t give any thought to it being attributed to my implants. My quality of life could not be more affected. My family and friends are exhausted from my constant pursuit of not feeling well, and associated behavior/neurological affects. Seeking legal help, though from what I have read, not one case against Mentor has been successful (most recent judge dismissed case; October 2019). I empathize with all of you, and pray there is a fair and equitable solution for all of us. Thank you, Cynthia

  • DonaNovember 17, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    implants due to BRCA1+ in 2012 have 350-7504BC 750 cc mentor Natrelle lot 12C159 I have suffered with a variety of things- chronic fatigue, brain fog, unable to concentrate, severe anxiety, sleep dis order , weight gain, and the worst is a awful hand and skin infection for the last 8 years. I was finally diagnosed with psoriatic plaque psoriasis and eczema. I have been wearing cotton glove[Show More]implants due to BRCA1+ in 2012 have 350-7504BC 750 cc mentor Natrelle lot 12C159 I have suffered with a variety of things- chronic fatigue, brain fog, unable to concentrate, severe anxiety, sleep dis order , weight gain, and the worst is a awful hand and skin infection for the last 8 years. I was finally diagnosed with psoriatic plaque psoriasis and eczema. I have been wearing cotton gloves for 8 years. OTEZLA did help but caused mental issues, TREMFYA was a nightmare and recently deciding on another option. If you saw my skin and hands ---my daughter swears I have implant illness. Is there ANY ISSUES with MENTOR of that reference #??

  • IvanaJune 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    My journey with Mentor Memory Gel Silicon Gel-Filled Breast implants started in August 2007, as this product was relatively new and highly recommend by my surgeon. During my surgery small cysts were found and removed from one of my breasts. They were benign and never discovered by a mammogram. Circa one and half years later, early 2010, I have noticed minor shape changes in one of the breast impla[Show More]My journey with Mentor Memory Gel Silicon Gel-Filled Breast implants started in August 2007, as this product was relatively new and highly recommend by my surgeon. During my surgery small cysts were found and removed from one of my breasts. They were benign and never discovered by a mammogram. Circa one and half years later, early 2010, I have noticed minor shape changes in one of the breast implants. I presumed the implant would be defective or leaking. I mentioned it in my annual surveys and to my surgeon who recommend MRI as I was a part of 10 years research study as well. Very expensive MRI, I had about 5 years ago, did not reveal any specific leakage of my already slightly deflating implant and it was explained there is nothing wrong with the implant. I knew that can’t be true. The implant continued deflating and still is. Mentor nor my surgeon would consider a replacement. I experience a lot of similar symptoms described by all the women above, especially terrible fatigue attacks, declined vision, joint and muscle aches, brain fog, sometimes even nausea but the origin of it was puzzling. I believed all my symptoms were part of an aging process, lack of nutrition or wrong supplementation. Medical exams didn’t reveal any health issues. I hope this helps to improve the product.

  • LisaApril 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Mentor Smooth High Profile put in aug 2014, I believe I have a rupture, or capsule. waiting for COVID19 to clear so I can schedule explant surgery. Have experienced brain fog, extreme fatigue, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, joint issues, hair loss, GERD, etc. hope to feel better soon!

  • NApril 3, 2020 at 12:23 am

    December 19, 2018 Breast Revision/Augmentation/Lift 750cc Mentor Memory Gel Breast Implant, Smooth Round High Profile [REF]350-7504BC [SN]7619207-033 & -032. I am very healthy, physically, mentally, emotionally, typically. Never in my life had I experienced, panic, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, weight gain that I couldn't combat i.e, post-pregnancy, headaches, chest pain, brain fog, groggines[Show More]December 19, 2018 Breast Revision/Augmentation/Lift 750cc Mentor Memory Gel Breast Implant, Smooth Round High Profile [REF]350-7504BC [SN]7619207-033 & -032. I am very healthy, physically, mentally, emotionally, typically. Never in my life had I experienced, panic, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, weight gain that I couldn't combat i.e, post-pregnancy, headaches, chest pain, brain fog, grogginess, fatigue, sadness, anxiety i.e heart rate increase while sitting, standing without any strenuous activity, a delay in wounds healing i.e (a scratch that takes a month?) limited mobility, irritable and frustrated. Overall, a total change to my entire PERSON! I have an appointment 4/13/2020 a little over a year later. I have wanted them out since the very first couple of months, but I thought, perhaps I was overreacting. Turns out, I am NOT. This IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. It needs to be addressed and publicized at every level. First and foremost the FDA needs to take responsibility. Under reporting the severe dangers and serious side effects of these implants is grossly negligent and should be punishable by law. Someone has to be held accountable for ruining the lives of so many beautiful people. Mentor- Make Life More Beautiful..Who are we referring to here? I think what you mean by that is; Your financial gain because of under reported dangers and risks to having the Mentor Gel Implants installed in our bodies. Well NOT any longer! With enough of us who have been victimized by your DANGEROUS, life altering product, we will unite and bring you down!! These implants are coming out ASAP!

  • MeredithMarch 6, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    I got my first panic attack a few months after my first augmentation in 2012. I have had 3 more augmentations since then due to complications with mentor gel smooth and double bubble. I’ve been in and out of psych wards as well as on and off bipolar meds (not bipolar) due to anxiety and depression. My most recent augmentation was in May 2016 with Mentor MemoryGel Siltex implants. Since then my phy[Show More]I got my first panic attack a few months after my first augmentation in 2012. I have had 3 more augmentations since then due to complications with mentor gel smooth and double bubble. I’ve been in and out of psych wards as well as on and off bipolar meds (not bipolar) due to anxiety and depression. My most recent augmentation was in May 2016 with Mentor MemoryGel Siltex implants. Since then my physical health has gone downhill rapidly. I am almost 32 and unemployed due to extreme fatigue and joint pain. I live with my parents now and had a romantic relationship that was destroyed by these symptoms. I suffer from many symptoms of BII and for awhile thought it was Lyme disease however now starting to see the light. I have Panic attacks, idiopathic cranial hypertension, brain fog, fatigue, viral infections, weight gain, migraines, severe arthritis in feet, unexplained ankle rashes... the list goes on. I am in Washington DC and need help filing a lawsuit. I am getting the implants explanted this month. Mentor and Allergan should be facing criminal charges!!!

  • TinaJanuary 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I had Mentor memory gel implants for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy 2017. They have ruined my life. I hurt all the time with all over joint pain, I'm constantly tired, dry skin, brittle nails, I've lost so much of my hair, have horrible brain fog, loss of memory, I've had a mini stroke from high blood pressure, have no desire to do anything but sleep..I could go on and on. It's like I'[Show More]I had Mentor memory gel implants for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy 2017. They have ruined my life. I hurt all the time with all over joint pain, I'm constantly tired, dry skin, brittle nails, I've lost so much of my hair, have horrible brain fog, loss of memory, I've had a mini stroke from high blood pressure, have no desire to do anything but sleep..I could go on and on. It's like I'm a whole different person from the outgoing and athletic person I used to be before implants. We've all been lied to by all the companies and Doctors that make and support them. The main thing that keeps me going is the WAR I'm limping along with to fight them and get reimbursed for my troubles.

  • SusanJanuary 18, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I have mentor gel implant. I have had them since October 2019. For the past year or so I have been suffering with many autoimmune type symptoms. I have blurred vision, a tumor on my right eye, hair loss, joint and neck pain. I have been having tremendous issues with acid reflux and other digestive issues. Also having vaginal pre cancer issues that I never had before. I have night sweats, trou[Show More]I have mentor gel implant. I have had them since October 2019. For the past year or so I have been suffering with many autoimmune type symptoms. I have blurred vision, a tumor on my right eye, hair loss, joint and neck pain. I have been having tremendous issues with acid reflux and other digestive issues. Also having vaginal pre cancer issues that I never had before. I have night sweats, trouble sleeping and just feel like I am so sick all the time.

  • BrittanyJanuary 4, 2020 at 4:58 am

    I have mentor memory gel textured high profile implants. I have had them since July of 2015 and just this past year has been hell. I have had so many weird autoimmune type symptoms. Fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, fainting, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, pelvic congestive disorder (now need a hysterectomy), breast pain and lumps, night sweats, hair loss, irritabili[Show More]I have mentor memory gel textured high profile implants. I have had them since July of 2015 and just this past year has been hell. I have had so many weird autoimmune type symptoms. Fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, fainting, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, pelvic congestive disorder (now need a hysterectomy), breast pain and lumps, night sweats, hair loss, irritability, depression and anxiety. I have had TONS of blood work done but everything supposedly comes back normal. I've also had to have Echo tests, stress tests, etc performed. When I spoke with my plastic surgeon last summer, he made the comment that he didn't really do textured implants anymore but didn't tell me why. I am 100% convinced my implants are making me sick. When I have a really bad attack, I am literally out of commission for a solid week to 3 weeks. It has been absolutely miserable and I am just so tired of feeling sick all of the time.

  • Natalie RossDecember 31, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Mentor memory gel 425 cc May 2018 very ill for the year I had them, removed June 2019. They should not be legal.

  • RebeccaDecember 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I had mentor memory gel high profile 550 cc put in after mastectomy in 2015 soon after had all the symptoms of BII and more. I have PET scans thyroid liver kidney a very rare Progressive neuromuscular condition w antibodies present hair loss extreme weight loss had to get hysterectomy. Was prescribed IVIG got meningitis as a complication blurry vision a host of neurological conditions auto immune [Show More]I had mentor memory gel high profile 550 cc put in after mastectomy in 2015 soon after had all the symptoms of BII and more. I have PET scans thyroid liver kidney a very rare Progressive neuromuscular condition w antibodies present hair loss extreme weight loss had to get hysterectomy. Was prescribed IVIG got meningitis as a complication blurry vision a host of neurological conditions auto immune esophagus disease breathing issues pain pain pain infection a little after a year which infectious disease is stayed with me a week in the hospital and a new memory mentor gel was placed in the breast was red bleeding inflamed. On SSDI since 2017 bed ridden w zero energy.

  • SadieDecember 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

    BRAD JACOBS PLASTIC SURGEON, NY IS IN JAIL FOR ILLEGALLY PLACING IMPLANTS IN WOMEN, FRAUD, DRUGS, ETC AND PRACTICING WITHOUT A LICENSE. HE WAS AN AMBASSADOR FOR MENTOR! !My Mentor Silicone Implants were placed in my body in 1999. I fly into NYC to have a lift and reduction with a famous plastic surgeon. I woke up with bigger breasts. He told me it was just swelling. I was so sick and in so much pa[Show More]BRAD JACOBS PLASTIC SURGEON, NY IS IN JAIL FOR ILLEGALLY PLACING IMPLANTS IN WOMEN, FRAUD, DRUGS, ETC AND PRACTICING WITHOUT A LICENSE. HE WAS AN AMBASSADOR FOR MENTOR! !My Mentor Silicone Implants were placed in my body in 1999. I fly into NYC to have a lift and reduction with a famous plastic surgeon. I woke up with bigger breasts. He told me it was just swelling. I was so sick and in so much pain I had to hire a private nurse for 2 weeks before I could even take a taxi the few blocks to his practice. He again told me again the swelling would go down and VS sized their bras smaller to make women believe they have larger breasts.He told me not to worry he gave me the same beautiful breasts he gave his wife. I went from a size C DDD. My husband & I flew back to see him only to find out that he had placed silicone implants in me! THEY WERE BANNED AT THE TIME!!! We told him that I wanted them out and to fix my breasts. He refused and told me it couldn't be done. I was young, naive and believed him. It ruined my marriage as my husband was disgusted with my large breasts and they affected my golf game which is why they were being reduced in the first place. I was supposed to have perky, little Meg Ryan breasts. He refused to let me go to our country club any longer as I was an embarrassment to him. I looked like a stripper. His parents refused to see me. He told the judge in our divorce case that I blew $20,000 to get stripper tits and fulfill my fantasy. I started to get very sick often with strange illnesses along with fatigue, memory fog, depression, chronic joint pain, migraines and bronchitis. Never once did any doctor ever mention that it could be caused by my implants. I had to drop out of med school. After 6 years of fighting he ended up with over 2 Billion in assets while I gave up everything excluding my personal belongings to keep our children. He brainwashed them into thinking that I was a stripper. I had my bachelors, student loans and was as a manager at a large corporation. After the 2 year limit passed he filed for full custody of the kids. Another 2 years fighting in court all the while I was getting sicker. I broke my foot and it just would not heal. After a year off work my FMLA was used up and I was terminated. The court awarded him custody of the kids stating that I was incapable of caring for them after my ex subpoena my massive medical file. Not only my children and my life ripped from me, but my uterus too. I had to have a hysterectomy after 8 months of menses, 3x a week iron/saline infusions at the cancer center and going into menopause at age 38! I've had at least a dozen scopes, was on every PPI and 2 gastric operations. My hair has been falling out for years. The depression that descended upon me has become a major depressive disorder, along with severe anxiety. I have massive panic attacks and can barely go out in public. I've been in counseling for years. I had been an extreme athlete until was running one day and my hip gave out. It's been 3 more years of gradual demise as the pain traveled to my Ilio band, glute, thigh and foot. Chronic inflammation and started up my spine. I've had so many steroid injections I have adipose tissue and pain that never goes away. My last MRI showed a diminishing spine from C6-L5. I was bedridden so long my right leg atrophied and I had to have custom orthopedics made by a prosthetic dr. He kept analyzing me and said "something just doesn't seem right.I've never seen anything like this." Those words kept echoing in my head.I had already been researching my illnesses , I had 27 specialists and still no one could determine my illness. My vision and hearing are going and I'm terrified. I was in a small fender bender a few months ago (I was not driving) and the ER ran a barrage of reports. When I looked at it I found my thyroid had enlarged and masses swirling my left lung. My thyroid had been tested countless times over the years and I had it re-tested and scanned and still nothing until my new ortho ordered a MRI noticed the thyroid right away and sent me to an endocrinologist. I had nuclear testing today. The ER report also showed that my left breast implant had an undetermined time rupture. I went to a new mammogram center having an ultrasound,breast MRI and a mammogram and they found my left breast implant was indeed ruptured. The pieces finally all fit together. I had no idea which company to call. I called Allergan and Mentor who both claimed they had no record of me. I did my research and called the FDA which is how I found out that my implants had been banned at that time so I had to be part of a study. With a long fight I finally, just yesterday got Mentor to give up the information. Then I looked up the plastic surgeon that did this to me. THE PLASTIC SURGEON BRAD JACOBS WHO WAS AN AMBASSADOR FOR MENTOR IS IN JAIL FOR ILLEGALLY PUTTING IMPLANTS IN!! I WAS IN A STUDY. THERE ARE NO SERIAL NUMBERS ON MY IMPLANTS BUT I DID FIND THE CONTENT OF WHAT WAS IN THEM AND AM SHOCKED AND OUTRAGED!! This man and Mentor destroyed my life and I'm going after them guns blazing ladies!!

  • RhondaDecember 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I had mentor memory gel high profile implants put in 02/15. Since I’ve had 4 revisions from capsular problems. I’ve also had extreme exhaustion, stomach issues, arthritis to the point of lost use of my middle finger on left hand, gout, migraines not to mention I felt like I’ve been in a fog for years. 4 weeks ago I experienced extreme pain in right breast into back rib and lung has lasted 3 full [Show More]I had mentor memory gel high profile implants put in 02/15. Since I’ve had 4 revisions from capsular problems. I’ve also had extreme exhaustion, stomach issues, arthritis to the point of lost use of my middle finger on left hand, gout, migraines not to mention I felt like I’ve been in a fog for years. 4 weeks ago I experienced extreme pain in right breast into back rib and lung has lasted 3 full weeks no relief. I decided to take implants out at least it would be a start to finding what’s wrong. Well here I am 6 days post op and I feel like a new person did I mention as of yesterday I have full use of that finger again. My pain is completely gone and my energy is returning with each passing day. So no question all my health issue were caused by the implants. Someone help us women with this. Yes we ask and paid to get these implants but the FDA told us they were safe. When in truth these things are poisonous!!!! Anyone know an attorney in Kentucky that has experience with this

  • AprilNovember 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I just explanted my 14.5 year old Mentor Texured Silicone implants on 11/13. I have suffered from BII symptoms for many years. I had also lost so much volume in my breast that two different plastic surgeons didn’t believe they were silicone but saline. I never received my information cards when I had implants put in. Was told they were lifetime devices. Because I never received the cards I called [Show More]I just explanted my 14.5 year old Mentor Texured Silicone implants on 11/13. I have suffered from BII symptoms for many years. I had also lost so much volume in my breast that two different plastic surgeons didn’t believe they were silicone but saline. I never received my information cards when I had implants put in. Was told they were lifetime devices. Because I never received the cards I called 3 different manufacturers and not one had my info on file. It took for me to remove them to find out. The disturbing part is that silicone implants were banned at the time I got mine unless you were placed in a study. I was not placed in a study. When I called mentor they said it was up to the Dr and that at that time the FDA did not require patient info. WTH?!

  • CYNTHIANovember 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I am also in the process of having my implants removed after several years of pain and suffering and surgery...I need a lawyer in Dallas that can take my case..My first surgery was in 2007..It's sometimes hard to walk hard to see this has really been in struggle in my life....Thank God they are finally coming out

  • ElishaNovember 13, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I HAVE ALLERGAN NATRELLE SILICONE IMPLANTS IN FALL 2011 AND STARTED GETTING SICK THE SPRING/SUMMER OF 2012. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH RA AND LYME DISEASE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. I EVEN ASKED MY LYME DOC IF IT COULD BE CAUSED FROM MY BREAST IMPLANTS AND HE SAID NO HE DIDNT THINK SO. I WAS FAIRLY STABLE AND ABLE TO FUNCTION OVER THE NEXT 6-7 YEARS JUST MISERABLE WITH ALL OVER PAINS. UNTIL 11/2018 [Show More]I HAVE ALLERGAN NATRELLE SILICONE IMPLANTS IN FALL 2011 AND STARTED GETTING SICK THE SPRING/SUMMER OF 2012. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH RA AND LYME DISEASE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. I EVEN ASKED MY LYME DOC IF IT COULD BE CAUSED FROM MY BREAST IMPLANTS AND HE SAID NO HE DIDNT THINK SO. I WAS FAIRLY STABLE AND ABLE TO FUNCTION OVER THE NEXT 6-7 YEARS JUST MISERABLE WITH ALL OVER PAINS. UNTIL 11/2018 WHEN I GOT A HORRIBLE CASE OF PNEUMONIA AND STARTED GETTING SEVERE RESTRICTIVE LUNG DISEASE. OVER THE LAST YEAR I HAVE BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL MORE THAN HALF THE TIME, BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH RESP FAILURE ON THE VENT FOR 6 DAYS AND ON BIPAP FOR 1 MONTH AND 1 DAY IN THE HOSPITAL. DIAGNOSED WITH CVID (COMMON IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE DISEASE) WHERE I HAD TO HAVE A PORT PLACED AND IVIG TREATMENTS ONCE A MONTH. IVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A PE (PULMONARY EMBOLISM) HERE RECENTLY AND 5 DIFFERENT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. 5! RA, LUPUS, SCLERADERMA, SJOGRENS, AND MIXED CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDER. I WAS AN RN SUPERVISOR IN A BUSY ICU UNIT WHICH I LOVED, BUT WAS RECENTLY LET GO BECAUSE IVE BEEN SICK TOO MUCH LATELY. SO I KNOW A LOT OF DOCTORS AND IVE SEEN A LOT OF DOCTORS IN THE HOSPITAL AND HALF OF THEM SAID I NEEDED MY IMPLANTS OUT NOW BEFORE THEY KILLED ME AND THE OTHER HALF SAID THAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM. MY AUNT WAS INVOLVED IN THE BIG LAWSUIT YEARS AND YEARS AGO BECAUSE HER SILICONE IMPLANTS LEAKED BUT, SHE HAD A LOT OF THE SAME SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSES THAT I HAD SO I FELT MY IMPLANTS HAD TO GO. EVEN MY PLASTIC SURGEON SAID AT THIS POINT I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. SO SHE TOOK THEM OUT AND TRIED TO GET MOST THE SCARE TISSUE BUT MY CASE WAS COMPLICATED BY THE FACT THAT I HAD A PE AND HAD TO BE FULLY ANTI COAGULATED. MY IMPLANTS WERE NOT THE TEXTURED TYPE AND I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING BACK FROM PATHOLOGY YET, BUT I STILL FEEL LIKE MY IMPLANTS MADE ME VERY ILL, CAUSED ME TO MISS OUT ON A LOT OF MY KIDS FUNCTIONS THIS YEAR, AND CAUSED ME TO LOSE MY JOB.

  • KensiNovember 11, 2019 at 3:40 am

    I'm looking for an attorney in Colorado to help me with my BII claim against Mentor Worldwide. The symptoms starting appearing 2-3 weeks after my surgery in 2017.

  • StaceyOctober 30, 2019 at 3:15 am

    I got my Mentor Memory gel Implants in 2011 and by 2013 I was having health issues and by 2016 I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus . My hair was falling out and I am sick all the time now . I just found out tonight this is all being caused by my implants. I have a terminal disease now that’s not curable because of implants. I am calling my Dr tomorrow to see how to get them removed and a lawyer how [Show More]I got my Mentor Memory gel Implants in 2011 and by 2013 I was having health issues and by 2016 I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus . My hair was falling out and I am sick all the time now . I just found out tonight this is all being caused by my implants. I have a terminal disease now that’s not curable because of implants. I am calling my Dr tomorrow to see how to get them removed and a lawyer how to file a lawsuit.

  • DaisyOctober 20, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I have read all these comments and I have all these same symptoms I’ve been telling my doctors since they put the implants it I have even told them the pain is so awful I would rather have them removed. I have had a double mastectomy after implants put in then I had to have a thyroidectomy that I never had any problems with until after the implants they hurt constant

  • ShawnaOctober 17, 2019 at 3:06 am

    I had my implants done in 2017 Mentor memory Gel. I developed major issues soon after my surgery. And the plastic surgeon had to redo the implants because the implant on both sides ended up under my armpit within the first month. So he then went in and put them on top of the muscle. I soon developed neurological issues, brain fog, numbness in my right leg, speech issues, chronic fatigue, vision lo[Show More]I had my implants done in 2017 Mentor memory Gel. I developed major issues soon after my surgery. And the plastic surgeon had to redo the implants because the implant on both sides ended up under my armpit within the first month. So he then went in and put them on top of the muscle. I soon developed neurological issues, brain fog, numbness in my right leg, speech issues, chronic fatigue, vision loss, blurred vision, headaches, tremors, muscle weakness, neck pain, insomnia, stomach issues, bruising easily, memory loss, hair loss, weight loss, anxiety, depression and the list goes on. I have feel like I have really just lost the last 3 years of my life. I am having my explant done 10-23-19 and I can not wait. I also developed a mass on my left breast that sits on top of the implant.

  • AngeliaOctober 2, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I had Mentor silicone gel implants put in 05/2008 My list of symptoms are al the ones mentioned I’m having them removed October 25, 2019 I was wondering if there is any legal recourse and how to choose a lawyer. Vision extremely worse Hormone issues Thyroid Skin rashes Itchy eyes and swollen eyelids Constant drainage down my throat where I feel like I’m choking 36 pound weight gain in 2 years ab[Show More]I had Mentor silicone gel implants put in 05/2008 My list of symptoms are al the ones mentioned I’m having them removed October 25, 2019 I was wondering if there is any legal recourse and how to choose a lawyer. Vision extremely worse Hormone issues Thyroid Skin rashes Itchy eyes and swollen eyelids Constant drainage down my throat where I feel like I’m choking 36 pound weight gain in 2 years about 5 pounds every two months or so and haven’t changed anything Big time inflammation in gut Joint pain Arthritis Back pain Breast pain Etc All of which has happened omg eh last severa years

  • HeatherSeptember 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I have read all the comments I have read this website and every symptom that these woman are talking about , I have as well . I’ve had four breast argumentation‘s in my lifetime since I was 20 years old , The first two were saline and I was never sick . The third set was the mentor memoryGel high profile silicone .( And had a lift ) They looked deformed and a year and a half latter my surgeon[Show More]I have read all the comments I have read this website and every symptom that these woman are talking about , I have as well . I’ve had four breast argumentation‘s in my lifetime since I was 20 years old , The first two were saline and I was never sick . The third set was the mentor memoryGel high profile silicone .( And had a lift ) They looked deformed and a year and a half latter my surgeon used the same implants ( because they were less than 5 years old .) He rearrange them and I still have the horrible dip in my breast . But not only do they look weird , I have felt horrible ever since . Back aches joint and muscle pain nausea dizziness And multiple other symptoms . These implants are a joke and I’m getting them out in November 2019

  • LeslieSeptember 20, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I had Mentor memory gel implants put in in August 2008, since then I have suffered from multiple strokes (2012), was diagnosed with MS, have suffered with constant nausea, hair loss, vision changes, body aches, GI problems with digestion, acne, dark circles under eyes (worsening), breathing problems, heart issues (POTS), urinary problems, female problems, etc.

  • PansySeptember 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I have many of these symptoms and have to take zofran and pantapralazole due to stomach issues on a daily basis. Joint pain, shoulder and knee pain, as well as a feeling of unwell ness, depression and other symptoms. Have had my implants sines June of 2018

  • JenniferSeptember 7, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Have had 4 sets of mentor implants dating back to 1998. The third set ruptured in 2017 and was replaced with gummy bear implants which my surgeon said were the safest on the market. I became very ill (hair falling out by the handful, whooping cough, bronchitis, fatigue, headaches etc) I finally explanted the latest memory gel (gummy bear) implants March 2019. I have had severe health problems [Show More]Have had 4 sets of mentor implants dating back to 1998. The third set ruptured in 2017 and was replaced with gummy bear implants which my surgeon said were the safest on the market. I became very ill (hair falling out by the handful, whooping cough, bronchitis, fatigue, headaches etc) I finally explanted the latest memory gel (gummy bear) implants March 2019. I have had severe health problems since getting my first set of mentor implants including thyroid cancer, thyroidectomy which left me hypothyroid for the rest of my life, GERD, severe allergies and asthma. Trying to find out if there is any restitution for the multiple surgeries I have had to replace ruptured implants and all the health issues I have had.

  • KathleenSeptember 2, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I just explanted textured mentor cohesive gel implants from 2006. My health was deteriorating in many ways. Joint pain, swollen knees, frozen shoulders, body pain, chronic fatigue, and may unexplained health issues brain fog, tearful spells for no reason, inability to sleep, frequent urination, but mostly non stop body and joint pain. I hope I can heal post explant. I was told these implants were [Show More]I just explanted textured mentor cohesive gel implants from 2006. My health was deteriorating in many ways. Joint pain, swollen knees, frozen shoulders, body pain, chronic fatigue, and may unexplained health issues brain fog, tearful spells for no reason, inability to sleep, frequent urination, but mostly non stop body and joint pain. I hope I can heal post explant. I was told these implants were safe and never needed replacing. The pain to have them removed also excruciating. I just want the cost of my implant back. What a waste.

  • TammyAugust 28, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Now there are two more cancers connected to breast implants, B Cell Lymphoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and this is just the BEGINNING ! We need to clean house in the FDA Department. They should be held accountable for lives that have been lost, and the ones tbat are going to lose their lives. If it was anyone else, they would probably be looking at murder charges. There is NO excuse for what the[Show More]Now there are two more cancers connected to breast implants, B Cell Lymphoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and this is just the BEGINNING ! We need to clean house in the FDA Department. They should be held accountable for lives that have been lost, and the ones tbat are going to lose their lives. If it was anyone else, they would probably be looking at murder charges. There is NO excuse for what the Manufacturers, and the FDA have done.

  • DeniseAugust 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I had saline implants that ruptured. I wanted them to be removed but was told that unless I had $12,000 for reconstructive surgery my best bet would be to have them replaced. I barely had the money to have them replaced and this time went with the Mentor Memory Gel silicone because the doctor assured me of how safe they were. I have never felt so horrible since about 13 months after the surgery. C[Show More]I had saline implants that ruptured. I wanted them to be removed but was told that unless I had $12,000 for reconstructive surgery my best bet would be to have them replaced. I barely had the money to have them replaced and this time went with the Mentor Memory Gel silicone because the doctor assured me of how safe they were. I have never felt so horrible since about 13 months after the surgery. Consulted with a class action attorney and they said that because I still have the implants I would get no where with a lawsuit. I cannot afford to remove them!! I have body pain everyday of my life, my hair is falling out and clogs shower drain every 2 days. I gained about 60 lbs in less than a year, my dr put me on thyroid meds and I am finally losing some of it. My primary dr tells me it is because I am getting old. I am 49 yrs old. I feel like I am hundred years old.

  • KatieAugust 6, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I had my mentor memory gel implants in 2013. I have breast pain on and off for years, and have now gone to a doctor to figure out why I always feel sick. I wake up every morning with swollen hands. My joints ache constantly. I struggle with insomnia and GI issues. Depression, suicidal thoughts, exhaustion, fatigue. I am praying my doctors will come up with some answers. They finally set me up with[Show More]I had my mentor memory gel implants in 2013. I have breast pain on and off for years, and have now gone to a doctor to figure out why I always feel sick. I wake up every morning with swollen hands. My joints ache constantly. I struggle with insomnia and GI issues. Depression, suicidal thoughts, exhaustion, fatigue. I am praying my doctors will come up with some answers. They finally set me up with a plastic surgeon to review my implants. GI doctor and a hand specialist to figure out my joint pain and constant swelling.

  • MicheleJuly 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I just had my implants removed. My diarrhea subsided immediately and I had a chocolate milkshake. My BII presented itself almost 15 years ago, when I had two ruptured silicone implants replaced with saline. I thought the saline would be safer. I developed intermittent symptoms, including memory loss, pustules on my hands and diarrhea. A year ago, these symptoms went crazy. I had chronic diarrhea,[Show More]I just had my implants removed. My diarrhea subsided immediately and I had a chocolate milkshake. My BII presented itself almost 15 years ago, when I had two ruptured silicone implants replaced with saline. I thought the saline would be safer. I developed intermittent symptoms, including memory loss, pustules on my hands and diarrhea. A year ago, these symptoms went crazy. I had chronic diarrhea, very low thyroid, brain fog, joint aches, panic attacks, numbness in hands and swelling in my right breast. Of course, of the many doctors I saw- none had a clue, and either told me I was a Bad patient, or suffering from a nervous condition.

  • KinaJuly 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I had Mentor memory gel placed in November 2016 and within a month I knew something wasn't right. I feel like I am 80 years old. Joint pain, hair loss, memory fog, insomnia, cant lift my right arm, and I am depressed all the time because I feel like a bad mom. It costs 3x more to get them out than to put them in. I would love to seek legal recourse but am told we basically signed our rights away w[Show More]I had Mentor memory gel placed in November 2016 and within a month I knew something wasn't right. I feel like I am 80 years old. Joint pain, hair loss, memory fog, insomnia, cant lift my right arm, and I am depressed all the time because I feel like a bad mom. It costs 3x more to get them out than to put them in. I would love to seek legal recourse but am told we basically signed our rights away within the mountain of preop paperwork.

  • ZahaidaJuly 17, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I had breast implants put in 2016 and had them removed in 2017. I had several illnesses including panic attacks, headaches, muscle, joint pain, arm pit pain, had to have a hysterectomy, got sick all the time with flu like symptoms. Also was tired and bed ridden for several days. It was a nightmare. All symptoms went away after removal.

  • NancyJune 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I have had silicone breast implants following prophylactic mastectomies due to recommendation from my Mother's oncologist when she was dying from metastatic breast cancer. I also had a strong family history beyond my Mother. I was diagnosed with Graves disease not too long after. I was not told to have regular MRI's to check for rupture. I read that online 20 years later and went for an MRI only [Show More]I have had silicone breast implants following prophylactic mastectomies due to recommendation from my Mother's oncologist when she was dying from metastatic breast cancer. I also had a strong family history beyond my Mother. I was diagnosed with Graves disease not too long after. I was not told to have regular MRI's to check for rupture. I read that online 20 years later and went for an MRI only to find out one was leaking. I do not know how long it had been leaking. I am scheduled for surgery to have them removed. I have pain and lumps in my armpits. I ache all over and am fatigued. I have upper back pain, a precancerous esophageal condition, I had to have a thyroidectomy due to the Graves Disease. I am fearful the Dr. may find cancer because of my symptoms and the lumps and pain I have in my armpits.

  • SherryMay 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I had mentor high profile implants in 2016 and knew within 30 days something was wrong.

  • SusanApril 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Looking for attorney in Illinois. I had McGhan implants in 2004 and was ill for 14 years, many doctors/specialists, ER visits/hospital stays and tests...no one could figure out my illness or symptoms and I was becoming bedridden fast. Explanted in October of 2018, symptoms and illnesses gone and feeling normal again. This was an illness from my breast implants, I spent a small fortune on medica[Show More]Looking for attorney in Illinois. I had McGhan implants in 2004 and was ill for 14 years, many doctors/specialists, ER visits/hospital stays and tests...no one could figure out my illness or symptoms and I was becoming bedridden fast. Explanted in October of 2018, symptoms and illnesses gone and feeling normal again. This was an illness from my breast implants, I spent a small fortune on medications and doctor appointments and then insurance wouldn’t cover the explant to improve my health. Lots of days missed work/pay due to illness.

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