Breast Implant Illness Lawsuit Filed Against Mentor, Removed To Federal Court

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A Florida woman indicates in a recently filed lawsuit that she developed a condition known as breast implant illness after receiving Mentor breast implants, which have left her with permanent injuries.

The complaint was filed by Jennifer Tinkler in the Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County in Florida on August 7, and was removed to federal court (PDF) last week by Mentor Worldwide, LCC, the defendant.

Tinkler indicates that suffered a variety of symptoms after receiving the Mentor breast implants, including fatigue, chest pain, hair loss, headaches, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain, rash, body odor, anxiety, brain fog, sleep disturbance, depression, neurological issues, autoimmune issues and hormonal issues as a result of her breast implants. This set of symptoms has been increasingly referred to as breast implant illnesses in recent years, with a growing number of women nationwide experiencing similar side effects.

In many cases, the breast implant illness problems have led women to have the implants removed, and concerns about the risk have become a factor many are questioning whether to undergo breast enhancement or reconstruction surgery. However, the illnesses have not yet been scientifically verified, and the FDA has required breast implant manufacturers to investigate the potential side effects, particularly with silicone breast implants for several years. Mentor implants were approved in 2013 with the post-market approval study requirements.

Mentor removed the case to the federal court system, based on the amounts of damages sought and the diversity among parties, so the case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Breast Implant Health Problems

In addition to the unexplained illnesses, problems have also emerged that suggest a link between breast implants and lymphoma that may develop in the tissue surrounding certain types of devices, known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

On January 26, 2011, the FDA first released a report about case studies and epidemiological research, whcih suggested there was a link between breast implants and ALCL.

The agency then issued a statement about emerging information on the breast implant lymphoma problems last year, and a number of subsequent studies have confirmed that the breast implant ALCL cancer risk is real.

Last month, the FDA announced that all Allergan Natrelle and Biocell lines of microtextured breast implants were being removed from the market, due to the risk of breast implant ALCL.

In addition to the breast implant illness lawsuits, there is a growing number of breast implant ALCL lawsuits filed by women throughout the United States, including several class action lawsuits that call for medical monitoring for women with the recalled implants.

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  1. Jessica Reply

    I had mentor saline implants for 11 years. I had all the bii symptoms. 3 wks after I explanted I had lab work done and my autoimmune (graves disease) was gone and my inflammatory factor was back to normal. Bii left permanent damage to my face from it being stretched and inflamed for over a year. All my symptoms but one are gone since explanting July 8th.

  2. Shelby Reply

    Would love more information on this, as I too had Mentor implants and suffered an array of symptoms and what I believe to be Breast Implant Illness.

  3. Wilmari Reply

    I have Mentor implants, only since April 2019 (only had it for 4 months) and it’s caused so many health issues: I have symptoms of fibromyalgia, irregular heartbeat, brain fog, migraines, ovarian cysts, chronic constipation, thyroid problems, inflammation, constant, dry itchy eyes, weird rash and tiny bumps that look like hives (I get it anywhere from on my eyes, face, arms, thighs). I have been for a CT scan, there is significant calcification and a possible necrosis lump, my body clearly doesn’t want this in me. I had a PBM to avoid cancer, not to have calcification and increase my risk of breast cancer.

  4. Katelyn Reply

    I’ve had implants for 9 years (4 surgeries &6 procedures during that time including reductions, capsular contracture, implant exchange)…i started with allergen Saline and changed to Mentor textured silicone 4 years ago.
    I got off birth control 2 years ago and have had unlimited issues since. I went through cyclic acne, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, no libido, memory loss+intense brain fog, blurry vision/red itchy eyes/pain behind my eyes, weight gain, zero energy, headaches most daily and haven’t had a natural period in 2 years.
    I started seeing a holistic doctor and got diagnosed with hypothyroidism, pcos and menopause at the age of 30.
    I’ve tried colonics, drastically changed my diet, skin lasers, switched out every product possible, acupuncture, seed cycling, castor oil packs, countless supplements, and unlimited various treatments with no luck.
    I heard about Bii and just knew it was me. I explant 2 weeks ago and so far I’ve lost 9 lbs, stopped having daily headaches and no eye issues. The craziest change is that i started my period 5 days post op.
    I would LOVE to know more information on any kind of case if possible, thank you!

  5. Tabitha Reply

    I am experiencing sever symptoms of BII. I have implants by mentor, I am now disabled and can’t work. I believe that all of my health issues are from my implants. I have an appointment with a surgeon October 7, 2019 to talk about explant.

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