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Silicone Implants - Beware
sbrandow's Review of: Dr. Kirk) Brandow

Rating: 10.00 (out of 10)
Review Date:
June 2, 2017, 4:11 am

Doctor Name:   Dr. Kirk) Brandow (My Profile)
Bala Cynwyd
State:   Pennsylvania (PA)
Country:   United States
Reviewer:   sbrandow (Contact Me)
View My Before/After Photo Album(s):   None available
Did you get any procedure(s) done by this doctor?   Yes
Date of your procedure(s):   May 10, 2002
Procedure(s) I had done:  
  • Breast Augmentation, Implant


I had silicone implants placed by a physician in Philadelphia in 1989. After having them for about 6 years my health started to decline. I was very young and was having medical problems that were far more common in the elderly. I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr (better known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and was experiencing circulatory issues in my hands and feet. The specialist I was seeing for these issues was simply baffled by the radiating pain that was moving around my body. After many visits he asked if I had implants. I went back to the doctor who had done the procedure and he said that silicone was safe and that my breasts looked fine. I had a mammogram (which my insurance did not want to cover as I was not old enough for one) and the implants appeared to be intact. I went searching for answers. I met with Dr. Brandow and he said he had no idea what he might find, but he would remove the implants, replace them with saline and see if that resolved the problem. He removed them and found that there was silicone everywhere. He took pictures of it and it looked like butterscotch pudding. After a three hour surgery, he felt he had cleaned up the pocket and replaced them with Saline. I still have a few nodules that show up in mammograms! My symptoms were pretty much gone after 6 months. In the immediate post op period I experienced silicone blisters popping out of my skin on my chest and abdomen. No one can tell me that silicone is safe. I experienced first hand how sick these implants can make a person. When there is a safe alternative that is really no different in feeling, why would you want to compromise your long term health?  

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