Mentor Breast Implant Lawsuit Filed Over Mold Infection, Bio-Toxin Disease

Complications from leaking breast implants allegedly caused a Georgia woman to develop a mold infection, which led to bio-toxin disease, according to a product liability lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and it’s Mentor Corporation subsidiary. 

The complaint (PDF) was filed this month by Melissa Shirley in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleging that her Mentor saline breast implants were defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous.

Shirley underwent breast augmentation surgery in June 2003, at which time saline breast implants manfufactured and sold by Mentor were implanted.

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More than ten years later, in 2015, Shirley indicates that she was diagnosed with bio-toxin disease, which is often caused by exposure to mold and results in severe and chronic inflammation and a number of resulting health problems. According to the lawsuit, Shirley developed this condition due to problems with the Mentor breast implants, which manifested as enlarged lymph nodes, sternal pain and mastodynia.

On May 14, 2015, Shirley had the breast implants surgically removed, at which time it was determined that the breast implants were leaking.

“Plaintiff, her prescribing physicians, and her health care providers neither knew nor had reason to know at the time of Plaintiff’s use of The Implants of the aforementioned defects,” the lawsuit states. “Ordinary consumers would not have recognized the potential risks for which Defendants failed to include the appropriate warnings.”

Shirley presents claims for product liability, negligence, strict liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, and negligent misrepresentation.

Breast Implant Health Risks

The complaint comes amid increasing concerns about the risk of problems with breast implants used during augmentation and reconstructive surgery in recent years.

In March 2017, the FDA issued a breast implant cancer warning, indicating that it was aware of at least 359 medical device reports involving women diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The illness has been linked to at least nine deaths.

The agency indicated at the time that the lymphoma cases appeared to be more common among breast implants with textured surfaces, as opposed to smooth breast implants, but a definitive connection was not able to be made.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) launched an effort monitor the association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma, more than doubling the recognized number of cases identified among Australian patients between September 2016 and April 2017.

Researchers from the TGA published a study in May indicating that side effects of textured breast implants may be linked to a 14 times higher risk of ALCL in some cases.

The TGA has estimated that the breast implant lymphoma risk may be between 1-in-1,000 and 1-in-10,000, with most cases occurring between 3 and 14 years after implant, but the median being 8 years and some cases diagnosed as much as 37 years after breast surgery,

Due to the potential lymphoma risk with breast implants, regulators have made efforts to increase awareness among health care providers about cases of the rare cancer linked to textured breast implants, indicating that they should discuss the benefits and side effects of the implants with their patients.

The FDA has also recommended that doctors consider the possibility that a breast implant recipient is suffering from anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) when they present with late, onset, persistent peri-implant seroma.

In the United States, a growing number of women are now considering potential breast implant lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products, alleging that inadequate warnings have been provided for consumers and the medical community about the potential risk of cancer and other problems.

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50 Comments

  • ToniMay 19, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Idk how these are not recalled! The worst decision I ever made!

  • StacySeptember 13, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    I had Mentor smooth round moderate profile saline implants placed in 2011 by 2019 I was diagnosed with “benign” breast tumor called PASH and I’ve had chronic sinus infections ever since the placement. I am told I cannot get the tumor out with out removing the implants but insurance won’t cover. I too was never told by my plastic surgeon of any of the possible risks or implant lymphomas/cancers or [Show More]I had Mentor smooth round moderate profile saline implants placed in 2011 by 2019 I was diagnosed with “benign” breast tumor called PASH and I’ve had chronic sinus infections ever since the placement. I am told I cannot get the tumor out with out removing the implants but insurance won’t cover. I too was never told by my plastic surgeon of any of the possible risks or implant lymphomas/cancers or i would have declined. I would be interested in joining any type pursuing reimbursement to get these out of me along with the tumor.

  • MichelleJuly 20, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I had mold on left valve when explanted mentor smooth saline implants for 18 years. Had severe anemia where I was bedridden, high heart rate constantly, spikes in heart rate, severe anxiety out of nowhere, daily muscle spasms, shortness of breath, severe thirst every day all day. Took them out 3 months ago and feel 90% better already. Implants should be illegal

  • MirandaApril 13, 2022 at 6:03 am

    I had Mentor smooth saline implants Feb 2012 and second a lot of these posts. The risks were either not known at the time or not disclosed. I was naive and thought I’d never need replacement as I know several ladies with implants that don’t have any issues. I actually thought that if I got saline vs silicone it won’t be that bad if one leaked. I’m explanting next month due to a confirmed rupture +[Show More]I had Mentor smooth saline implants Feb 2012 and second a lot of these posts. The risks were either not known at the time or not disclosed. I was naive and thought I’d never need replacement as I know several ladies with implants that don’t have any issues. I actually thought that if I got saline vs silicone it won’t be that bad if one leaked. I’m explanting next month due to a confirmed rupture + multiple breast implant illness symptoms including chronic fatigue, brain fog, IBS with severe bloating. I realize symptoms could be much worse. However I’m on the hook for paying the $10.5K to have them removed because my insurance has denied the claim. .

  • MelissaApril 12, 2022 at 10:56 am

    I got Mentor Smooth Saline Implants 5 years ago. Left ruptured in 2020 and Right one ruptured 2 months ago. Became very sick in 2020. Due to the pain these toxic bags have caused, I’m now a Chronic Pain Patient. Before implants I was a Certified Gym Trainer, Fitness Competitor and Nutritionist. I’ve lost most of my muscle mass and close to 20lbs in the past 6 months. I have Chronic Fatigue, b[Show More]I got Mentor Smooth Saline Implants 5 years ago. Left ruptured in 2020 and Right one ruptured 2 months ago. Became very sick in 2020. Due to the pain these toxic bags have caused, I’m now a Chronic Pain Patient. Before implants I was a Certified Gym Trainer, Fitness Competitor and Nutritionist. I’ve lost most of my muscle mass and close to 20lbs in the past 6 months. I have Chronic Fatigue, back and neck pain, tons of inflammation, mouth and nose sores, dry eyes, chronic Sinus Infections, metallic taste in mouth, Epstein-Barr twice, Fungal meningitis, Pneumonia x3, Pleurisy twice, irregular heart rate, rashes, fevers for over 150 days, and always sick. I had my Implants removed yesterday and Insurance paid due to ruptures and pain.

  • RebeccaApril 12, 2022 at 9:19 am

    This story sounds like I wrote it. All the same symptoms and terrors in my life. My children don’t know a healthy mother. They suffered just as much as I did! We deserve justice for what we’ve been through. Mine were from a double mastectomy; not by choice. And the horror I’ve gone through after removal and attempted reconstruction- was just as bad. It’s been a nightmare that I can’t wake from.

  • NikkiApril 11, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I had Mentor saline smooth under the muscle in 2006 by Dr. Christopher Kelly - a board certified plastic surgeon. I was never warned of any potential risks. In the 13 years that they were iny body I was being poisoned. I had nearly every symptom that women have reported experiencing for decades. And the ones not on the "list". I gave birth to 2 children while I had implants and they have had a neg[Show More]I had Mentor saline smooth under the muscle in 2006 by Dr. Christopher Kelly - a board certified plastic surgeon. I was never warned of any potential risks. In the 13 years that they were iny body I was being poisoned. I had nearly every symptom that women have reported experiencing for decades. And the ones not on the "list". I gave birth to 2 children while I had implants and they have had a negative affect on my children. I find it utterly repulsive that the same ingredients found in any other environment are considered toxic until it is put in an implant. There are studies done on these toxins being exposed to the body and the effects. However when put in the body it is supposed to have no effect? I have over $20,000 in my chest and am horrified by the way it looks. Being sick for 13 years - I feel my past, present and future have been stolen from me. No real data or tests available to help my children heal as well as myself. Mentor making life beautiful.

  • EApril 11, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I had round smooth mentor implants implanted in either 2001 or 2002. Had them removed last April, was experiencing neuropathy, auto immune symptoms, MS like symptoms among others. Feeling a little bette since having them removed there was mold present in one of the valves. Is there anything I should be doing to rid the body of mold? I am under the impression that body detoxes itself now that the[Show More]I had round smooth mentor implants implanted in either 2001 or 2002. Had them removed last April, was experiencing neuropathy, auto immune symptoms, MS like symptoms among others. Feeling a little bette since having them removed there was mold present in one of the valves. Is there anything I should be doing to rid the body of mold? I am under the impression that body detoxes itself now that the culprit has been removed.

  • MadeleineApril 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I have had Mentor, saline, under the muscle for 27 years. I am researching the Dr. to do the explant at the present time. I have numerous illness complaints connected to BII illness. I believe my implants are moldy, and my right one is ruptured. I have just had an MRI. I live in Victoria, BC, Canada, and wish to join any lawsuits connected to these toxic bags.

  • TriciaFebruary 23, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Mentor implants under the muscle I have 3 auto ammune diseases I'm loosing my hair have heart rate of 130 all the time I have gastrointestinal problems galore liver has been inlarged 2 years ago with lessions on my liver my body feels like I have the flu always I have headaches alot severe weakness and am pretty much bed ridden I'm confused constantly tired and sleeping depressed and severe anxiet[Show More]Mentor implants under the muscle I have 3 auto ammune diseases I'm loosing my hair have heart rate of 130 all the time I have gastrointestinal problems galore liver has been inlarged 2 years ago with lessions on my liver my body feels like I have the flu always I have headaches alot severe weakness and am pretty much bed ridden I'm confused constantly tired and sleeping depressed and severe anxiety and so much more I could write a book. Both my implants have ruptured Andi can't find anyone to take them out and finance's aren't available I'm now on disability and pray to God I can find some help. My sister worked for a plastic surgeon in Florida when I had them done and she hid the cost for the implants and only had to pay for anesthesia I didn't know and wasn't warned about the what could happen or god knows these implants would of never been put in!!!!! I need help they've been busted a good 5 years and just literally feel like I'm dying!!!! I've already had a mass removed from my right breast thank goodness they caught it early. The pain sometimes in my breast literally makes me sick. Please help now living in Kentucky

  • TishDecember 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I received my implants in 2003 on top of the muscle and now I am having EXTREME pain in my shoulders, arms, elbows, hands, hips, legs, knees, feet. swelling in the hands and feet and knees. Somedays I can't even walk.

  • AmyNovember 14, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I had mentor smooth saline in 2003. The last ten years I have been getting sicker and sicker. I originally thought it was due to decades of birth control pill use that messed up my thyroid and starting menopause. I thought I did not have to worry about BII unless one of them ruptured. But now reading stories about women who did not have theirs ruptured but still had toxic silicone levels. [Show More]I had mentor smooth saline in 2003. The last ten years I have been getting sicker and sicker. I originally thought it was due to decades of birth control pill use that messed up my thyroid and starting menopause. I thought I did not have to worry about BII unless one of them ruptured. But now reading stories about women who did not have theirs ruptured but still had toxic silicone levels. Now all of my symptoms getting worse over the years makes so much more sense. No matter what I did I kept getting worse. I have called to get mine taken put ASAP.

  • ShanaOctober 5, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Menton saline implants put in June 2009. Have had issues that keep getting worst. Going in this Friday to get a diagnosis mammogram. The pain in my left side feels between electricity to like someone Is pushing on a bruise. I want these things out of me! My aunt passed due to cancer hiding behind her implants, I have 3 babies I can't leave.

  • PamelaOctober 5, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I had Mentor Siltex Textured under muscles. Put in 1999- Explanted in 2019 , due to severe burning in my chest. I had a ruptured implant, doctor refused to remove. Told me it would not hurt me if it stayed in. Due to it was saline. But it was in capsuled in silicone. He did not tell me that. I had a warranty for 10 yrs. I called Mentor they could not find me on the registry, or under any warranty.[Show More]I had Mentor Siltex Textured under muscles. Put in 1999- Explanted in 2019 , due to severe burning in my chest. I had a ruptured implant, doctor refused to remove. Told me it would not hurt me if it stayed in. Due to it was saline. But it was in capsuled in silicone. He did not tell me that. I had a warranty for 10 yrs. I called Mentor they could not find me on the registry, or under any warranty. Doctor who explanted did not give my implants back to me as I asked him to. Due to the fact my lungs were going bad. And that's where the burning started. Needless to say, I am going to die, Maybe not from the cancer in the immune system, but from the scarring in my lungs. Intertestinal , scardiosis, Connective Tissue diseases. ETC. To many to name. I have all my records from beginning to explant. I also have all my medical test ran on me including heavy metals testing done from my hair. What are we suppose to do?????

  • TrillaAugust 11, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Mentor Smooth Saline Implants since 2009. I have been to so many Doctors with pain in my neck and shoulders, unexplainable fatigue, breast pain, chest and back pain, skin infections, joint pain, mental fog, have been put on so many different pills, steroid injections, prednisone not knowing what could causing this. I went to a plastic surgery center in Indianapolis In recently and she told m[Show More]Mentor Smooth Saline Implants since 2009. I have been to so many Doctors with pain in my neck and shoulders, unexplainable fatigue, breast pain, chest and back pain, skin infections, joint pain, mental fog, have been put on so many different pills, steroid injections, prednisone not knowing what could causing this. I went to a plastic surgery center in Indianapolis In recently and she told me all my symptoms are probably from the Mentor Saline Implants, could be mold around the implants, but the cost to remove them was so expensive, I am looking for help any suggestions would be deeply appreciated.

  • MonicaJune 23, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Very interesting that there are a lot of '2006' Mentor Implant issues for the Smooth Round Moderate Profile/Saline ones. Must have been a bad product year for Mentor.

  • ChristiApril 25, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Mentor Smooth Saline Implants since 1998. Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2008 Fatigue-joint pain-breast and chest pain-back and neck pain. Hand and arm numbness. Explanting on June 14th. Debating on having tested after removal.

  • NannetteApril 4, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I would love to speak with Kathleen above about her sarcoidosis diagnosis. I'm BRCA 1 + and had prophylactic double mastectomies 14 years ago. 9 years ago I replaced my silicone implants with Mentor smotth saline. I have been diagnosed over the past 10 years with hyperthyroidism, psoriasis, iritisis, gluten intolerance, and most recently had an abnormal MRI and CT scan showing mediastinal lymph[Show More]I would love to speak with Kathleen above about her sarcoidosis diagnosis. I'm BRCA 1 + and had prophylactic double mastectomies 14 years ago. 9 years ago I replaced my silicone implants with Mentor smotth saline. I have been diagnosed over the past 10 years with hyperthyroidism, psoriasis, iritisis, gluten intolerance, and most recently had an abnormal MRI and CT scan showing mediastinal lymphendopathy and pulmonary nodules. Radiologist thought it was a strong sign on lyphoma. Thankfully the results that have come back so far are benign for cancer but awating fungal cultures. Dr. wants to start me on 6 weeks of prednisone (treatment for sarcoidosis) and then rescan. i have sever fatigue, mental fog, joint pain, swelling in my face and hands. After coming upon these sites, am seriously considering explant surgery. I'm 56 so not thrilled to have to consider that but if I can live with lesser symptoms then I'll do it. Anyone with any information please send to me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

  • LeahMarch 25, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Smooth Mentor implants under muscle in Feb 2006. I had to have exploratory surgery for lower abdominal pain by September. They found nothing. Pain persisted. By October of 2007 I went blind in both eyes for 10 days. Was tested for everything and inconclusive by DX if MS. Spent the next year in bed sleeping too week to function. Quit the medications and found out I was pregnant and lost my baby [Show More]Smooth Mentor implants under muscle in Feb 2006. I had to have exploratory surgery for lower abdominal pain by September. They found nothing. Pain persisted. By October of 2007 I went blind in both eyes for 10 days. Was tested for everything and inconclusive by DX if MS. Spent the next year in bed sleeping too week to function. Quit the medications and found out I was pregnant and lost my baby at 13 weeks. Went on to love a somewhat normal life with 4 babies. I say normal because I am plagued with migraines and hyperthyroidism. Was in car accident 2.5 yrs ago and since then ita been a roller coaster. Even with platelet rich plasma injections , physical therapy etc I live in pain despite normal mri. Finally clicked thats the side with the larger implant and they looks all shriveled up on MRI. Going for pet scan today. I live with no energy. My heart rate is over 135 . The most frustrating part is being lied to.

  • MerryLeeOctober 27, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I also had Smooth Saline Mentor implants 2004...I have been so very ill for most of that time. I’ve had to go on disability. I have fibromyalgia, memory loss, headaches, Swollen lymph nodes in neck arm pit, chest wall pain, breast pain, chronic pain between shoulder blades, shoulders and neck and back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, dizziness, Chronic sinus, chronic brain fog and lethargic,[Show More]I also had Smooth Saline Mentor implants 2004...I have been so very ill for most of that time. I’ve had to go on disability. I have fibromyalgia, memory loss, headaches, Swollen lymph nodes in neck arm pit, chest wall pain, breast pain, chronic pain between shoulder blades, shoulders and neck and back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, dizziness, Chronic sinus, chronic brain fog and lethargic, light sensitivity, extreme chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, swelling of throat, face, legs, knees, ankle, lost memory, slurred words, stomach issues, Vision issues, heart pap, dry mouth, hair loss, rash, Tinnitus and I have depression and anxiety. I want to laugh again.. I feel like I’m dying.

  • TonyaJune 28, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Mentor smooth saline under the muscle in 2002. Chronic fatigue, swelling of the hands and feet. Extreme pain mid back and down my right arm. I cant hold onto anything. My symptoms started with eczema chronic fatigue. I have constant UTI's my urine smells like ammonia most of the time, liver enzymes are elevated, have a metallic taste in my mouth have ran a low grade fever for over 2 years and the[Show More]Mentor smooth saline under the muscle in 2002. Chronic fatigue, swelling of the hands and feet. Extreme pain mid back and down my right arm. I cant hold onto anything. My symptoms started with eczema chronic fatigue. I have constant UTI's my urine smells like ammonia most of the time, liver enzymes are elevated, have a metallic taste in my mouth have ran a low grade fever for over 2 years and there are times I can't get out of bed. So many years lost. I can go on and on with my symptoms but Ive always just lived with it not seeking medical attention because of the cost. Two years ago I went and had test on my arms for carpal tunnel and test for rheumatoid arthritis but all negative. Just recently found out about BII. These bags are toxic and they are killing us all slowly. We need to stand together and somehow get these things off the market. Maybe save others from losing their lives to the poison from these awful implants.

  • BrandiFebruary 3, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Got Mentor smooth saline in 2011. Have been sick ever since. I never thought to put two and two together. I was diagnosed with endometriosis which landed me to hysterectomies one partial in the next taking my last remaining ovary. I have dealt with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Severe joint pain. Currently I have been seeing a doctor for my hip pain which they cannot figure out I am sch[Show More]Got Mentor smooth saline in 2011. Have been sick ever since. I never thought to put two and two together. I was diagnosed with endometriosis which landed me to hysterectomies one partial in the next taking my last remaining ovary. I have dealt with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Severe joint pain. Currently I have been seeing a doctor for my hip pain which they cannot figure out I am scheduled for an MRI with dye this week. Also my blood work has come back abnormal with my C reactive protein and sed rate high. Kidneys functioning at 50. Lost over half of my hair. I have strange burning around and under my breast and very tender. Left side hurts when I move a certain way. Have dealt with a bronchitis like cough and cold that starts in the winter and usually lasts for 6 to 8 months. Aches and twitches in my legs. Severe brain fog and memory loss. Migraines with an aura. I’ve even had times where my speech has been off and I couldn’t get words out of my mouth or say the right things my husband thought I was going crazy. Ringing/ thumping in the ears, dizziness and vertigo. Dry patchy like rashes. Wake up in pain every day from head to toe I’m only 37 and feel like I’m 90. It’s the most depressing thing ever I have young children and I can’t interact with them like I used to. Ready to take these toxic bags out!!!

  • ChristinaFebruary 2, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Mentor saline implants 2006. Tons of symptoms started 3 years ago. Autoimmune, neuropathy, a lot of enlarged lymph nodes in chest and under arms. Fatigue, abdominal pain and bloating. Lesions on kidney and liver.

  • PhyllisJanuary 21, 2020 at 5:55 am

    I too had Mentor saline implants in 2006 and recently started having pain and deflation in my left breast. Since my implants I have had health issues over the years (many of the same described by others neuropathy, abdominal pain, loss of hair, etc.) but I just figured it was due to my scoliosis, depression & anxiety) but now I wonder if some of the problems may be caused by my implants? I would [Show More]I too had Mentor saline implants in 2006 and recently started having pain and deflation in my left breast. Since my implants I have had health issues over the years (many of the same described by others neuropathy, abdominal pain, loss of hair, etc.) but I just figured it was due to my scoliosis, depression & anxiety) but now I wonder if some of the problems may be caused by my implants? I would love to be kept informed and notified about this CA

  • DeAnnJanuary 10, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Saline implants over the muscle since 1993. Have been wanting them gone for years. Been sick for years and years. Never put it together that it was the implants from almost a decade earlier. Have spent years with Doctors telling me they can't find anything. Now on heavy pain pills daily, muscle relaxers, nerve pain meds, depression drugs, axiety drugs. Mostly bedridden for years, swollen lympnoids[Show More]Saline implants over the muscle since 1993. Have been wanting them gone for years. Been sick for years and years. Never put it together that it was the implants from almost a decade earlier. Have spent years with Doctors telling me they can't find anything. Now on heavy pain pills daily, muscle relaxers, nerve pain meds, depression drugs, axiety drugs. Mostly bedridden for years, swollen lympnoids, back & shoulder pain, arthritis, and symtoms of a ton of autoimmune disorders. In MO

  • KOctober 7, 2019 at 4:18 am

    I had saline implants for 5byrs and started getting very ill.removed implants in 2016 and still have some symptoms. Have been tested and confirmed very high levels of metals toxins and mycotoxins. I was a healthy and energetic person until implants. I want my life back

  • JenniferOctober 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    2007 saline implants ruptured separately in 2018 had them replaced with mentor smooth round saline, left became infected badly and is hard and painful, right breast seems to have leaked or ruptured. Same surgeon did all surgeries

  • DianaAugust 30, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I also had Smooth Saline Mentor implants 2002 and went into menopause right after. Chronic sinus infections, chronic UTIs, brain fog, light sensitivity, extreme chronic shoulder and neck pain, Hashimoto’s autoimmune, swelling of knees, ankles, face, Felt like I was dying, and then out of the doctors, went to the ER five times thinking I was having a heart attack, EKG is always coming back bad, [Show More]I also had Smooth Saline Mentor implants 2002 and went into menopause right after. Chronic sinus infections, chronic UTIs, brain fog, light sensitivity, extreme chronic shoulder and neck pain, Hashimoto’s autoimmune, swelling of knees, ankles, face, Felt like I was dying, and then out of the doctors, went to the ER five times thinking I was having a heart attack, EKG is always coming back bad, lost memory, tremors, slurred words, stomach issues, Vision issues, heart pap, thyroid issues, dry eyes, dry mouth, dry vagina, lympnoids in neck, groin , arm pit swollen, Constant urination, cold all the time, loss of weight, weak and lethargic , scared to leave home. I had explanations 2018 and most of my issues are gone, another than my lymph node under arm pits are still swollen. I am doing so much better and explanation saved my life. Everyone that see me can’t believe how healthy I look and doing good... laughing and dancing again. They lied to me and stole many years of my life and spent a lot of money on health cost. Also had to take out gallbladder too and knee surgery also.

  • GinaAugust 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I had my mentor smooth saline implants done in 2006 or 2007. Since 2009 my health has gone completely downhill. I have tried every approach that traditional medicine could offer but I continued to get worse. Anxiety, Depression, Abdominal issues, I have MTHFR positive genetic marker, undergone ECT treatments, taken round after round of poison pharmaceuticals because all of my traditional medical d[Show More]I had my mentor smooth saline implants done in 2006 or 2007. Since 2009 my health has gone completely downhill. I have tried every approach that traditional medicine could offer but I continued to get worse. Anxiety, Depression, Abdominal issues, I have MTHFR positive genetic marker, undergone ECT treatments, taken round after round of poison pharmaceuticals because all of my traditional medical doctors thought I was having mental health issues. I finally, just in the last 9 months have gotten enough relief to “keep my head” above water through non traditional medicine. Vitamin IV’s, holistic medicine including acupuncture, nutrition, counseling, radical diet changes. I am still in pain and have many medical issues ranging from heart arrhythmias, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, memory loss, headaches, neck, shoulder, and back pain. I have a appointment on October 10th of this year to consult regarding explant surgery. Will be more than happy to participate in any legal process that is currently ongoing. My husband has kept track of all of my medical records and the range of problems I have had are unbelievable. We were told of the normal surgical risks when we had the augmentation, still have the original card from the implant. We were never informed of the horrible possible outcomes either before or after they started to occur to all women. The Mentor company should be liable to inform the public of these occurrences and offer to remove them. As well as compensate me for the thousands of dollars I have spent to just survive. These issues have even made me suicidal at one point as I felt I could not go on any longer. The Integrative Holistic Medicine is the only thing that has saved my life. However it is mostly not covered by my insurance so the monies out just continue. but I can’t wait to get these things out and try to get my old self back. But I do feel as I have a case, what do you think?

  • RItaApril 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I have Mentor Saline under muscle since 2000. A year after my health started down hill. And has continued. I have a list of issues as long as your arm. Hashimotois Leaky gut EBV SVT RA Fibromylagia and now a high count for a year that will not go away with every trype of fungal medicine in my blood work of IGG,IGA,IGM . EXTREME pain in breast and surrounding bone in chest and ribs. and upper c[Show More]I have Mentor Saline under muscle since 2000. A year after my health started down hill. And has continued. I have a list of issues as long as your arm. Hashimotois Leaky gut EBV SVT RA Fibromylagia and now a high count for a year that will not go away with every trype of fungal medicine in my blood work of IGG,IGA,IGM . EXTREME pain in breast and surrounding bone in chest and ribs. and upper center of breast/sternium. Burning tingling pain in breast also. Just diagnosed with Breast cancer in left breast!

  • AngelaApril 2, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    2000 mentor saline implants causing problems.

  • TracyApril 2, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Saline implants 1995. Since then, breast lumpectomy, small bowel tumor with intestinal resection, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, severe back pain, numbness, tingling, rashes, hair thinning, and more. I don't have money for an explant and my right breast is almost slid under my armpit. This is ridiculous. I have small lumps growing on the sides of my le[Show More]Saline implants 1995. Since then, breast lumpectomy, small bowel tumor with intestinal resection, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, severe back pain, numbness, tingling, rashes, hair thinning, and more. I don't have money for an explant and my right breast is almost slid under my armpit. This is ridiculous. I have small lumps growing on the sides of my legs and along my back. I recently developed psoriasis or something on my scalp. They are torturing us and taking the cash to the bank. They should pay for removal. None of this was disclosed in 1995.

  • CherriApril 2, 2019 at 3:30 am

    I have had Mentor smooth saline implants since 2006. I have developed Hashimoto Thyroidism (autoimmune disease) and began having weird swelling in my face, throat, and body. I have been to the emergency room three times due to throat closing due to swelling; and twice due to symptoms that mimicked a heart attack, each time I was given meds to help the symptoms, and had tests run but have been tol[Show More]I have had Mentor smooth saline implants since 2006. I have developed Hashimoto Thyroidism (autoimmune disease) and began having weird swelling in my face, throat, and body. I have been to the emergency room three times due to throat closing due to swelling; and twice due to symptoms that mimicked a heart attack, each time I was given meds to help the symptoms, and had tests run but have been told over and over that no one knows what is going on. I have been to two allergists for full panels and found no reason for the histamine condition. In fact, there hasn't been a GP, Endocrine, Allergist, or Neurologist who have been able to explain my symptoms. In the past 5 years these symptoms have worsened to the point where I have mild nephropathy in my legs, swelling in my extremities, pain in my chest, behind my breasts, in my neck, back and shoulders that just start and stop for no explanation. I have dry skin, hair, mouth, and eyes all of the time. I have had major bone loss, decline in vision, heart palpitations, and I have noticed both short and long term memory loss, which scares me to death. I have become more reclusive and have been unable to work for periods of time. I have experienced depression and anxiety because of this. I have a problem with mold and am scared that I have mold in my body due to the implants. I read an article on Breast Implant Illness and found that most of my symptoms are similar to the ones that other women are experiencing. I recently read an article about the FDA hiding the fact that women have become ill and even died from implants, in fact, they did not disclose that to their knowledge there are over 350K women who have experienced these horrific problems. I have been saving money to explant, but I am furious that I was not warned about the dangers before I implanted, or after...or that doctors are not told enough about it to diagnose properly. Something needs to be done about this. If I can tell my story, or help anyone else I am more than happy to do it. If there is a way to sue Mentor or the FDA for their negligence, I would be willing to be part of that. I am saving money to explant, and I hope I can do it before this kills me.

  • MichelleMarch 3, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I have had mentor textured implants since 2002 . In the last 3 years I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroid. I have almost all of the other breast illness issues as well. Absolutely horrible!!!!

  • KristiFebruary 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I got Mentor saline smooth profile implants 3/2006 - I've battled with many health issues since then. Unexplained abdominal bloating and pain, rheumatoid arthritis, pain and inflammation so severe that I have had to quit running entirely. Breathing problems that were dismissed as anxiety(?!). I'm now 35 years old and live with chronic pain, especially in my hips and feet. I have battled chronic fa[Show More]I got Mentor saline smooth profile implants 3/2006 - I've battled with many health issues since then. Unexplained abdominal bloating and pain, rheumatoid arthritis, pain and inflammation so severe that I have had to quit running entirely. Breathing problems that were dismissed as anxiety(?!). I'm now 35 years old and live with chronic pain, especially in my hips and feet. I have battled chronic fatigue for more than 10 years among so many other issues.

  • KerryMay 18, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Mentor Smooth saline implanted in 2009. Everything went great for about 2 years and then it was downhill from there. Started with heart arrythmia, constant feeling of choking, then Reynauds disease, positive ANA, constant pain in my neck shoulders breast and back. Severe circulation issues in which my feet stayed red all the time never normal colored, the list goes on and on. Explanted May 11th [Show More]Mentor Smooth saline implanted in 2009. Everything went great for about 2 years and then it was downhill from there. Started with heart arrythmia, constant feeling of choking, then Reynauds disease, positive ANA, constant pain in my neck shoulders breast and back. Severe circulation issues in which my feet stayed red all the time never normal colored, the list goes on and on. Explanted May 11th one week ago today and one implant appears fine, the other is discolored and has particles floating in it. They were brought home and placed in the freezer, how about one has frozen and the other won't freeze. Never saw saline that won't freeze!! We are all in this together and I wish everyone the best. Get explanted as quickly as possible so we can attempt to gain our strength, health and lives back after losing so much because of Mentor.

  • JanFebruary 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I had Mentor smooth mod.plus saline placed in 12/2009. Three years ago it all began. I now have Celiac disease, a cyst on my liver just found , lump behind my left breast, hormone and vitamin deficiency . I have knots between my shoulder blades that come up often and has to be massaged out. They hurt so bad and after the massage they leave but I feel like I have the flu the next day. I feel so ba[Show More]I had Mentor smooth mod.plus saline placed in 12/2009. Three years ago it all began. I now have Celiac disease, a cyst on my liver just found , lump behind my left breast, hormone and vitamin deficiency . I have knots between my shoulder blades that come up often and has to be massaged out. They hurt so bad and after the massage they leave but I feel like I have the flu the next day. I feel so bad every day and look like I have aged severely since implants were placed. My plans are to save for the explant surgery.

  • RandaNovember 14, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I've had mentor saline since 2009 and I'm sick as well.

  • ChristieOctober 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Haley...I was told I had mold, Lyme, and autoimmune issues as well. Are you in GA? I am NW of ATL.

  • LauraOctober 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Mentor saline smooth implants 2006. E xplant scheduled for 2/21/17. Also numbness and pain in right side. Have had neurological tests and MRI no conclusions. I want them out and tested asap!

  • TamiOctober 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I too am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2011. Then expanders then implants in 2013. Complaining of pain over and over again. Saying something was wrong. Dr kept dismissing me.. saying nothing was wrong. 4 years I hurt so bad,, thinking it was something I was just gonna have to live with. Finally test were done in may of this year. Yep ruptured implants.. had surgery to remove implant[Show More]I too am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2011. Then expanders then implants in 2013. Complaining of pain over and over again. Saying something was wrong. Dr kept dismissing me.. saying nothing was wrong. 4 years I hurt so bad,, thinking it was something I was just gonna have to live with. Finally test were done in may of this year. Yep ruptured implants.. had surgery to remove implants on July 25th.. yes got new ones in not knowing any risks.. exactly 3 weeks later after saying something is wrong again.. had to have emergency surgery on the right one.. implant was popping through one of the incisions. Right one completely removed.. I really don’t understand why some doctors just don’t want to listen or don’t believe you😢been a long rough ride😢

  • HeatherOctober 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Cheryle, our stories are nearly identical. I have also had constant pain and been diagnosed with 3 autoimmune diseases since implants in 2005.

  • MelanieOctober 9, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I have mentor saline under muscle. I have been dying slowly for over 8 years! I have seen so many doctors and specialist and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and degenerated disc disease. I have 53 symptoms of BII. I feel like my organs and everything that lives inside me screaming for help. The doctors don't seem to understand and/or care.

  • LisaOctober 9, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I also have Mentor textured saline implants that I had implanted in 2003...14 yrs ago. I have been so very ill for most of that time. Swollen lymph nodes, chest wall pain, breast pain, pain between shoulder blades, chemical and food sensitivities, mold sensitivities, dizziness, and multiple autoimmune issues. I am now trying to raise funds to explant before I literally die. This company needs to m[Show More]I also have Mentor textured saline implants that I had implanted in 2003...14 yrs ago. I have been so very ill for most of that time. Swollen lymph nodes, chest wall pain, breast pain, pain between shoulder blades, chemical and food sensitivities, mold sensitivities, dizziness, and multiple autoimmune issues. I am now trying to raise funds to explant before I literally die. This company needs to make this right. It's malpractice plain and simple. Faulty medical devices that are killing us. I applaud this woman and think we all need to file suit against Mentor. Criminal what these things have done to our lives and our health. :(

  • haleyOctober 9, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I had mentor saline. Had my explant surgery 3 weeks ago. I have high mold toxicity, Lyme disease, and tons of autoimmune diseases from my implants. Check out the "Breast Implant Illness and Healing with Nicole"facebook page of 23k+ women on it.

  • lindaAugust 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    I have a Mentor Saline implant and have been having pain and numbness in hand and fingers. The plastic surgeons I have been to say the implant is not leaking but will not check for mold. I have the implant since 2004, due to breast cancer.

  • ChristieAugust 24, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Kathleen...I am in the ATL area as well and would love to talk to you as I have had more health issues than anyone should have to endure...I was bedridden at 40 for 6 years! My implants were put in in 2008 and were Mentor Saline Implants.

  • CheryleJuly 30, 2017 at 2:53 am

    In 2007, my saline implants were replaced with Mentor Memory Gel. I had bi-lateral mastectomy in 2000, reconstruction with the saline implants. I suffered from capsular contracture, a Mentor representative informed me I would be required to participate in their study. Two weeks after having these silicone implants placed, the study was closed. I was never contacted by Mentor recommending I have a[Show More]In 2007, my saline implants were replaced with Mentor Memory Gel. I had bi-lateral mastectomy in 2000, reconstruction with the saline implants. I suffered from capsular contracture, a Mentor representative informed me I would be required to participate in their study. Two weeks after having these silicone implants placed, the study was closed. I was never contacted by Mentor recommending I have an MRI after 3 yrs and then every 2 yrs. Furthermore, the #1 selling point of these implants were that they would not leak and upon puncture, the silicone would not leave the implant. I began to experience pain in left breast, underneath the arm, pain that radiated from my neck down my left shoulder, arm & hand. Began getting cortisone injections for the debilitating pain. Implant began to extrude off chest wall to the point of looking deformed. Last week, my plastic surgeon removed these implants, discovering the left implant had ruptured, the silicone had completely leaked out embedding itself underneath my armpit & into the flesh! In 2012 while leaning over the side of the tub, something in my left breast burst, sending sharp pain deep inside my chest. I immediately saw my PCP and she dismissed my concerns regarding rupture of the implant. An x-ray was taken and it did not show rupture. I am so angry because all these years I've suffered with horrific pain, prescribed narcotic pain meds, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, mental & physical exhaustion, frustration & depression. Never once has an MRI been ordered of my breast. Needless to say, I am seeking an attorney to handle my case.

  • kathleenJune 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I also need assistance. NO DR will admit my issues could be from these implants put in 1998. Mentor Saline. I have had enlarged lymph nodes in my chest and necrotizing granulomas in my lungs. I have now severe back pain. Have had every Ct scan, MRI, blood test known to man. I will help anybody that needs it as I need help to get these out. I am in the Atlanta Ga area. There are no more docto[Show More]I also need assistance. NO DR will admit my issues could be from these implants put in 1998. Mentor Saline. I have had enlarged lymph nodes in my chest and necrotizing granulomas in my lungs. I have now severe back pain. Have had every Ct scan, MRI, blood test known to man. I will help anybody that needs it as I need help to get these out. I am in the Atlanta Ga area. There are no more doctors left. They call my issues Sarcoidosis but it they cant be sure.

  • CindyJune 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Need to know what the side affects are to this mold in implants. I can not seem to get anyone to test me for this. Thanks

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