When I heard of BII, I was so relieved to find I had a fixable problem.. I had a double mastectomy in 2002 with 500cc Mentor silicone gel implants as part of the reconstruction. My first symptoms were terrible rashes up my chest to the neck and down my arms… the various symptoms crept in over the years… I felt I was aging terribly. Joint pain, eye twitches and restless leg, hair loss, gut issues, allergies, chest pain, breathing issues, and extreme fatigue, to name a few. I also had a hysterectomy. I had some tests runs about 5 years later as I had chest and breast pain and was told I didn’t need to have the implants changed as there were no issues, no detected rupture and grade 11 capsular contracture, what did I know? I didn’t know silicone breaks down, that they DO need to be replaced… A friend had her implants removed by Dr Urzola and this is how I came to know of his work and found a FB site with information on his work, protocols, the hospital and the medical healing ranch for recovery, many of his out of country patients use. I had to postpone my initial explant date from Nov 2016 to May 2017. I got my ultra sound of the breasts there in Costa Rica and found my left breast implant was ruptured. My consultation, discussions prior to arriving and after explant were always professional, comprehensive and honest. I was told very clearly what I could expect, specific to my body and post surgical instructions. Dr Urzola videoed the surgery and the clean up of the rupture. I could see the poisonous gel sticking to his hands and my inner chest. One of the lymphnodes was removed from the left breast as well. I saw the capsules and the pieces sent to pathology. With out a doubt, the pathology confirmed silicone in both capsules with more in the left, the ruptured side. Dr Urzola was able to preserve the tissue from the nipple reconstruction and integrate the cuts into extremely precise scar lines. He was able to harvest fat to use for fat transfer and the lift gave the breast shape. With very little breast tissue left after mastectomy I have the chance to maintain a feminine chest. As I continue to heal from the surgery, I also work hard to find ways to detox the silicone out of my body. I plan to go back to Dr. Victor Urzola for a second fat transfer. The kindness, compassion, honesty and expertise of Dr Urzola was my gift and has improved my health.
Holly Davis – explant patient