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

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.

26 Comments

  • TammyJuly 28, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    I don't even know where to start? My mentor implants were put in 2007 and I started having issues That I had no answers for I haven't worked since 2016 I've been diagnosed with every autoimmune diseasevery auto immune disease possible and still no answers I currently am having terrible GI issues and have lost close to 70 pounds in 2 years.... Please someone help us this silicone is killing us..[Show More]I don't even know where to start? My mentor implants were put in 2007 and I started having issues That I had no answers for I haven't worked since 2016 I've been diagnosed with every autoimmune diseasevery auto immune disease possible and still no answers I currently am having terrible GI issues and have lost close to 70 pounds in 2 years.... Please someone help us this silicone is killing us.....

  • JayciJuly 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    My breast implants are making me sick!!! Please help!

  • StephanieAugust 27, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Hello I just had a revision of already reconstructed breast 08/06/21. This most recent surgery was warranted due to a rupture and the leakage of silicone into the lymph nodes of my neck, collarbone, under my arm, in my abdomen and possibly other places where they aren’t bothering me but that’s just for now as I’m sure the granulomas will be formed throughput my entire lymph system. I know the lymp[Show More]Hello I just had a revision of already reconstructed breast 08/06/21. This most recent surgery was warranted due to a rupture and the leakage of silicone into the lymph nodes of my neck, collarbone, under my arm, in my abdomen and possibly other places where they aren’t bothering me but that’s just for now as I’m sure the granulomas will be formed throughput my entire lymph system. I know the lymph nodes are full of the silicone because I have had mammograms, sonograms, diagnostics, biopsy’s, z rays soooo many test ran for so many symptoms I feel like a hypochondriac but you can’t make this up! I decided to take a medical from work that was 5 months ago! The problem is once the silicones in the lymph nodes no dr knows what to do about this, the body does not absorb the silicone silicone and they don’t want to riak you getting lymphedema and your big giant cells they find are probably going to turn into cancer but seriously no plastic surgeon, breast surgeon or general surgeon knows how to help!!! So I am still stuck with this silicone in my body stuck and sticky and I ha e to go back to work still sick because I cannot get any relief from any drs! It’s very depressing! Ya we need help! I had my original surgery about 14 years ago and I did not have any info as to who were the manufacturers of my implants! I called all 3 of the major ones, Allergan,Mentor and Sientra. All 3 denied that I had their implants because they could not find me in the system-speaking if Mentor following FDA rules, no they are not because regulations state that the recipient is to be automatically enrolled in the lifetime replacement warranty. I was explanted and was proven to have ruptured Mentor implants.

  • SAugust 5, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    I have been ill with debilitating fatigue and weakness, autoimmune issues, visual disturbances, painful joints and body, swelling under arm, chest pains, sleep disturbances, brain fog, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety and depression over being sick and tired with no relief. I feel like I'm dying. I have had mentor textured implants over 10 years and just recently learned about BII. I am going to[Show More]I have been ill with debilitating fatigue and weakness, autoimmune issues, visual disturbances, painful joints and body, swelling under arm, chest pains, sleep disturbances, brain fog, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety and depression over being sick and tired with no relief. I feel like I'm dying. I have had mentor textured implants over 10 years and just recently learned about BII. I am going to have these removed as soon as possible! No one should ever have to endure this chronic pain and sujffering. I can not believe that Mentor nor physicians have informed patients of the risks and associated illness with breast implants.

  • NormaJuly 21, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I need compensation FOR NEGLIGENCE, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and future care and to get these removed. I have been fighting for over 15 years! . I feel I'm slowly dying and I'm fighting for my life back. I had implant surgery in 2005 1 year later started getting sick and it's been getting worse over the years. The surgeon that did the surgery is in prison for medicare frau[Show More]I need compensation FOR NEGLIGENCE, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and future care and to get these removed. I have been fighting for over 15 years! . I feel I'm slowly dying and I'm fighting for my life back. I had implant surgery in 2005 1 year later started getting sick and it's been getting worse over the years. The surgeon that did the surgery is in prison for medicare fraud and distribution of opiods. Insurance won't cover and I can't take a loan or credit card out, I'm also in a chapter 13 bankruptcy from previous divorce and medical bills. I have lost many jobs, have had over 200 Dr and hospital visits. I have crohn's, ra,hysterectomy in 2015, Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, Migraines, Intercystial cystitis. I have slurred speech on and off, tremors, body aches, neck, leg, hip, stomach, and breast pain. I'm always severely fatigued, nausea, high heart rate, gained 60 lbs, have had several falls legs just give out broken ankle,, hard to swallow sometimes, digestive system is slow, can't control bowels or bladder, bloating, stomach cramping, ringing in ears, numbness and tingling, memory loss, double vision, hot and cold intolerance, feeling of hot burning skin, and so much more. I'm only 41 and the quality of life up to now is zero. I'm having a grandbaby and want my life back. I see why people commit suicide when the are getting no help and suffering daily. HELP US. I pray I don't get cancer this is preventable save us while we still have time.

  • SusanMay 26, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I had my 2000 implants replaced in 2016. 6-7 weeks later I woke up with wrist pain that doctors could not texplain. A year later I had vertigo for a month. Two years later I gained 20 pounds and had fatigue so bad that I quit my full-time job and got a part-time job. I had thyroid cancer in 2010 so I attributed all my symptoms to my thyroid. I had TMJ in December. Doctors couldnt figure why I had [Show More]I had my 2000 implants replaced in 2016. 6-7 weeks later I woke up with wrist pain that doctors could not texplain. A year later I had vertigo for a month. Two years later I gained 20 pounds and had fatigue so bad that I quit my full-time job and got a part-time job. I had thyroid cancer in 2010 so I attributed all my symptoms to my thyroid. I had TMJ in December. Doctors couldnt figure why I had arm pain so they gave me a cortisone shot. I have wrist and ankle pain, cramping in calves at night, my vision has decreased a lot, I get headaches and sinus pain, stomach issues, brain fog, and neck/back pain. I am seeing an explant specialist in June and hopefully schedule surgery in June. Doctors don't care. They kept telling me to eat right and exercise and literally ignored my fatigue even when I asked, "Why am in so tired that I can't make it through a day without a nap?"

  • KahleaApril 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    OMG, I’m in tears right now because I know this is what’s wrong! Like a lot of you ladies, I’ve had very similar issues. I was diagnosed with RA and have been taking a slew of meds. I can’t count all of my mental diagnoses. My cycle completely changed, every single month was painful. So much so that, I elected to have a totally hysterectomy last year because EVERY I tried didn’t work. I’m so rel[Show More]OMG, I’m in tears right now because I know this is what’s wrong! Like a lot of you ladies, I’ve had very similar issues. I was diagnosed with RA and have been taking a slew of meds. I can’t count all of my mental diagnoses. My cycle completely changed, every single month was painful. So much so that, I elected to have a totally hysterectomy last year because EVERY I tried didn’t work. I’m so relieved that I found this article. I need to schedule an appointment.

  • JenJanuary 20, 2021 at 2:39 am

    I've had mentor implants in since 2013 , I have several health problems such has pain in my back, neck, burning sensation in breasts , weight gain , got tested for everything .Seen immunologist, got allergy testing , now all of a sudden I am allergic to everything . I have thyroid issues. I Have a diagnosis of Hashimotos thyroiditis , gastrointestinal issues, anxiety , migraines, brain fog , me[Show More]I've had mentor implants in since 2013 , I have several health problems such has pain in my back, neck, burning sensation in breasts , weight gain , got tested for everything .Seen immunologist, got allergy testing , now all of a sudden I am allergic to everything . I have thyroid issues. I Have a diagnosis of Hashimotos thyroiditis , gastrointestinal issues, anxiety , migraines, brain fog , memory loss, depression , now asthma . I joined a fb group for breast implant illness ,very informative information . I plan to explant when I can afford to do so .

  • MarcellaJanuary 15, 2021 at 5:53 am

    good evening I was just diagnosed with my immune system hi they don't even know what I have they have a thyroid rheumatoid arthritis fibromyalgia been going through through a lot Sharp pain my I have my implants in 2002 2001 I just found my file I need to speak with somebody about I breast implant illness their mentors I found them found the documentation of them I've been struggling and all I re[Show More]good evening I was just diagnosed with my immune system hi they don't even know what I have they have a thyroid rheumatoid arthritis fibromyalgia been going through through a lot Sharp pain my I have my implants in 2002 2001 I just found my file I need to speak with somebody about I breast implant illness their mentors I found them found the documentation of them I've been struggling and all I read about breast implant illness that's what I've been going through and it's getting worst a lot worst I need help if anybody could tell me what to do I want these breast implant implant I don't mind body and there went to see doctors and they want to charge me so much money it's not even funny and I just want these things out I want my health back please if anybody could guide me I appreciated

  • CatalinaDecember 21, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    My implants are Mentor. My MRI came back clean, thank God! I am in contact with several surgeons, need to have these removed. These need to be banned my the FDA! And we should be compensated!

  • CatalinaDecember 20, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I have developed BII. I am a nurse, mother and wife. MENTOR silicone implants in 2013. I have extreme fatige, my immune system is week, tremos, ringing in ears, muscle twitching, panic attacks, rash, night sweats, balance and coordination problems, the list goes on and on. Went to the ER last night and it my symptoms seemed like no big deal. Waiting for a plastic surgeon to remove them.

  • StacyNovember 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Stacy has had two sets of implants fail her current implants have failed after just 12months her health has declined severely she will be having another surgery on the 6 th of dec for implant removal with no reconstruction due to severe body damage from leaking implants we have contacted both mentor an dr Calvert of Newport Beach ca with no help

  • JillOctober 18, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I have mentor for over 18 years , I have style 1600 round... I was told by many drs to have removed... because it’s making my Health decline... I need help...

  • MelissaSeptember 30, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I got Mentor breast implant in 2009. My symptoms began gradually mimicking Lyme disease or MS. I have had visual disturbances, chest pain, headaches that would last for months on end, left sided weakness, discoloration of feet, horrible fatigue. I have lost two very long debilitating years of my life. I have been to Dr. after Dr and spent countless amount of money on medical bills. It is sickenin[Show More]I got Mentor breast implant in 2009. My symptoms began gradually mimicking Lyme disease or MS. I have had visual disturbances, chest pain, headaches that would last for months on end, left sided weakness, discoloration of feet, horrible fatigue. I have lost two very long debilitating years of my life. I have been to Dr. after Dr and spent countless amount of money on medical bills. It is sickening and something has to be done about this. I called my plastic surgeon within the first 6 months of getting sick and he assured me there was no way my implants could ever make me sick.

  • ElizabethJuly 27, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I underwent surgery in January, 2016 for implants. Mentor silicone. In February of 2016, I started feeling extremely tired. Different than sleepy. I was falling asleep driving home from work at 4pm. I would get home and lay on sofa and had to waken to go to bed at night. I was sleeping through dinner and was not making dinner for my family like I always have done. By summer, I began hurting really[Show More]I underwent surgery in January, 2016 for implants. Mentor silicone. In February of 2016, I started feeling extremely tired. Different than sleepy. I was falling asleep driving home from work at 4pm. I would get home and lay on sofa and had to waken to go to bed at night. I was sleeping through dinner and was not making dinner for my family like I always have done. By summer, I began hurting really bad. I explained it to my doctor like I had flu all the time. My knees and lower legs were hurting so bad. My shoulders and elbows were killing me. My legs felt bruised to the touch. My dr initially diagnosed me with chronic fatigue. After more visits, she diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was referred to a rheumatologist. Many test, and fibromyalgia was confirmed. I was put on meds for the joint pain, meds to keep me awake. Side effects were hell. I started meditation and water therapy as suggested. I worked out 5 days a week prior to these symptoms. I have been sick for 4 years. I feel like my life has not been the same. No strength to exercise. I can hardly stand us from a kneeling position. Last fall, I started reading about BII. I was so shocked. I had never heard of this. I had once mentioned to my husband shortly after symptoms started...could it have to do with my surgery. He said, I would not think so at all. I submitted a complaint on the fda website. I was shortly contacted by a mentor representative. Several emails and they sent me the safety info. This is th first time I had ever been given that info. The info was frightening. They knew about everything that I have been struggling with. They had done studies. Their studies resulted in the same done by the NHI. I made an appointment with my doctor. I explained my symptoms. He said he doesn’t think it is from the implants, he shared that other patients had reported the same to him and he was performing a lot of explant surgeries. I decided to schedule an en bloc surgery. He said it would be best to remove implant and capsule. In the meantime, I was also contacted by Mentor’s attorney. He called to talk with me since I had mentioned a potential lawsuit in my last email with Mentor. At that time, Mentor replied that they would have no further communication with me. He was calling to let me know that I have no case. He said they are following fda guidelines. He said safety info is included in implant box. I told him that a patient never receives that info. He said that is on the dr not Mentor. I have so much more to say but the bottom line is that Mentor took my life. They know it and they continue to do it to others. They should be held accountable for their actions. This has cost me so much money, pain, time with my family, and almost cost me my life last summer. I experienced something so foreign to me. The pain was so great that I just wanted it to end. I went away for a week to a place specializing in rehab, etc. I had my surgery in May 2020 for removal. I am still very much in recovery. I am hoping that I will start to feel better soon. Mentor needs to be stopped. Period. By the way, I have also learned that my doctor is mentor certified. I am sure he gets kickbacks from Mentor.

  • SusanJuly 8, 2020 at 3:32 am

    I’ve been sick for many years and just realized my silicone implants were ruptured. Insurance would not cover the expense. Silicone all through out my chest cavity and extreme pain. I was depressed for many years not knowing why I felt sick all the time. Many many doctors visits. Anxiety, depression, muscle aches, joint pain, skin rashes, constantly sick, extreme fatigue, loss of my job due to sic[Show More]I’ve been sick for many years and just realized my silicone implants were ruptured. Insurance would not cover the expense. Silicone all through out my chest cavity and extreme pain. I was depressed for many years not knowing why I felt sick all the time. Many many doctors visits. Anxiety, depression, muscle aches, joint pain, skin rashes, constantly sick, extreme fatigue, loss of my job due to sickness, not being able to work, loss of hair on eyebrows, colitis, couldn’t breath felt suffocated, eyes swelling and red constantly, so many more. Almost ruined my marriage, and lost many years of my life. May 1st I had them removed and it was a rough surgery I’m still healing. But.... I can breath again and little by little getting more and more relief. My mental state is so much better. I’m trying to find a lawyer in NJ to take my case if anyone knows of one. Mentor was my brand of implant.

  • PamelaApril 23, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Removal of right breast implant and left breast removed on 3-11-2020. I’ve been very sick throughout these years fatigue, pressure, pain, swelling and leakage, I would need some help leagally to know what to do now!

  • LisaApril 16, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I have Naturelle Inspira SSLP soft touch Allergan implants. I had them put on 2018. A year later diagnosed with RA. Along with many debilitating symptoms. I am 49 Please advise me how to proceed with legal action.

  • RobinMarch 2, 2020 at 1:20 am

    After 3 years of going from doctor to doctor one doctor said she believed my autoimmune issues and cognitive issues were bc of my Mentor saline implants. After gaining a mass amount of weight, getting 4 weekly injections from an allergist, and seeing an RA doctor every few months for major joint pain and having no menstrual period at age 33 I decided it was worth a shot. Wondering why no other doc[Show More]After 3 years of going from doctor to doctor one doctor said she believed my autoimmune issues and cognitive issues were bc of my Mentor saline implants. After gaining a mass amount of weight, getting 4 weekly injections from an allergist, and seeing an RA doctor every few months for major joint pain and having no menstrual period at age 33 I decided it was worth a shot. Wondering why no other doctor ever mentioned my implants I explanted less than one month later. All symptoms are GONE. My menstrual period returned naturally 2 weeks after explant and I’ve had it every month since until I got pregnant in Dec or 2019. Those implants took away my quality of life for way too long.

  • Mich LJanuary 29, 2020 at 7:31 am

    I have also experienced the entire litany of Bii symptoms. I had a double silicone implant rupture in 2006. I had these replaced with saline, but can trace the inception of my symptoms to this period of time. I have lost a year plus of work, I have scares on my hands, as well as numbness in my fingers, and burning feet. I have arthritis that would be more attributed to an elderly person. This, is [Show More]I have also experienced the entire litany of Bii symptoms. I had a double silicone implant rupture in 2006. I had these replaced with saline, but can trace the inception of my symptoms to this period of time. I have lost a year plus of work, I have scares on my hands, as well as numbness in my fingers, and burning feet. I have arthritis that would be more attributed to an elderly person. This, is after explant, 6 months ago. The brain fog is still an issue, and I have long lost my relationship, due to my lack of sexual interest. My thyroid had become so compromised, that the doctors threatened to take my drivers license away. I'm clawing my way back- My 85 year old mother has more on the ball. What kind of alternative universe am I living in, that there is so little support for women, with a disease the manufacturers don't want to disclose exists.

  • JessikaJanuary 23, 2020 at 12:29 am

    I have had all the Bii symptoms for years. Received implants 2010. Almost immediate symptoms. Many lab tests, many hospitalizations (icu this last August 10 days). I’m calling my doctor in the morning. I want them removed immediately.

  • TabithaSeptember 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    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.

  • KatelynSeptember 13, 2019 at 4:57 am

    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 f[Show More]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!

  • WilmariAugust 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    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 f[Show More]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.

  • ShelbyAugust 23, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    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.

  • JessicaAugust 21, 2019 at 2:58 am

    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.

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