Research on Breast Implant Complications
A. Breast implant isolated from patient in IU clinic. B. Capsule surrounding the implant. C. Bacterial biofilm (shown through arrows) in capsule of the implant.
Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are investigating breast implant complications. Most of the scientific literature focuses on implant material, although silicone – the material used in implants – has been proven to be safe in multiple studies. Thus, research on other confounding factors related to breast implants is required to address the emerging complications of augmentations.
With physician partners throughout the community, IU School of Medicine researchers are investigating the role of bacterial infection as an underlying cause of problems associated with breast implants. The goal of the research is to devise ways to make the existing silicone-based implants safer and provide increased quality of life to breast cancer survivors and women with cosmetic surgeries.
If breast implant associated complications are not addressed, they could lead to restrictions on implant based surgeries nationwide. Without access to breast implant augmentation, many cancer survivors would not feel they have returned to a full, complete life when they return to health.