Push for patients to use breast implant registry

Deficiencies in Australia’s Breast Implant Registry (BIR) have been highlighted by the plastic surgeons who established it, who are now planning a new registry that complies with established quality principles.

Writing in the MJA, Dr Rodney Cooter, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Adelaide plastic surgeon Dr Amy Jeeves, pointed out while more than 6000 Australian women have received some 12,000 implants made by the now disgraced French PIP company, the BIR has recorded a total 423 PIP implants in just 215 patients.

“[This] extrapolated to a BIR capture rate of 3.4%, which indicates it is a manifestly inadequate dataset,” they wrote. 
 The authors said the National Joint Replacement Registry – which pinpointed the harms caused by metal-on-metal hip prostheses – was a model worth following for a new Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR).

Gregory Eliovson, ASPS program