More cosmetic surgery data ‘needed’

More procedures to monitor cosmetic surgery might have stopped such large numbers of women being affected by the scandal involving PIP breast implant, it has been claimed.

A total of 47,000 women in Britain are estimated to have been given breast implants filled with silicon that did not meet medical standards and was intended for use in items like mattresses. The implants, made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) were widely used in cosmetic surgery but were later found to be at risk of rupturing or swelling inside the body.

Now, health experts have said the issue revealed major gaps in the aftercare offered to patients a well as the medical records kept.

NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh chaired an independent review into the matter. He wants procedures to be put in place to allow the tracking of any implants or devices put into patients at both NHS and private hospitals and clinics.

He said more information needed to be recorded so problems could be spotted at an early stage. He believes that if more data about breast implants had been routinely recorded, it would have been easier for health officials to recognise there was an issue with the PIP implants, and easier for them to contact everyone affected.