Reports of BIA-ALCL linked to Textured Implants

Millions of women have opted for textured implants when undergoing breast augmentation or breast reconstruction. Textured implants were designed over 50 years ago to prevent or minimize the development of scar tissue and decrease the likelihood of capsular contracture. For this reason, many women and surgeons alike favored this style of implant, especially in breast reconstruction cases where there is a heightened risk of capsular contracture.

FDA Warns Textured Implants Could Increase Risk of Cancer

Unfortunately, recent studies have linked textured implants to breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). In October of 2021, the FDA released an article regarding strengthened safety requirements pertaining to breast implants. The article included studies and updated information about the increased risk of BIA-ALCL in patients with textured implants.


Diagnosed BIA-ALCL-Cases-by-Year-Graph

Diagnosed BIA-ALCL Cases by Year


The graph above depicts an alarming increase in BIA-ALCL diagnoses in recent years. Of those receiving a positive diagnosis, 90.4% had an Allergan implant, 7.3% had a mentor implant, 1.5% had a Sientra implant, and the remaining .09%were from various other breast implant manufacturers.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has not recommended removal of textured implants if you are not experiencing any symptoms. However, many women are opting to have them removed or replaced with smooth implants out of fear of developing cancer for a first, second or even third time.

You should discuss any concerns you have of developing BIA-ALCL with your doctor and/or get tested for CD30 before surgical intrusion.

It is important to note that BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. BIA-ALCL is a type of blood cancer that is commonly spread through breast tissue and lymph nodes. It typically takes around 7-10 years to develop. Common symptoms of BIA-ALCL include:

  • A change in the shape of the implant or the breast
  • The development of breast asymmetry
  • Increased firmness in the breast
  • Pain in or around the breast
  • The development of lumps around the breast or armpit
  • Itching or redness around the breast
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Development of fluid around the implant
  • Lesions
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats

If these symptoms are present patients will typically receive an ultrasound or MRI to check for fluid or lumps around the implant. If either are present the patient must then undergo a biopsy where the fluid or tissue is tested for CD30. A CD30-positive test result indicates the presence of hematopoietic malignancies (blood cancer).

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL after a breast implant surgery, you do not have to go through this process alone. The attorneys at The Yost Legal Group are currently investigating and pursuing claims for women who have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL after receiving Allergan Biocell textured breast implants. Call us today at 1 (800) YOST – LAW or email us at for a free consultation. We will investigate the circumstances of your individual case, answer any questions you have, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

FDA Issues Recall on The Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant

On June 28, 2021, the FDA issued a recall of the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant liners. This came following reports of high rates of failure around the 3-6 year mark- significantly sooner than the 15 to 20 years they had been marketed to last for. Although the liners are made of polyethylene, this model has seen rapid deterioration of the liner, exposing the metal and causing the metal components from the implant to rub together. This has resulted in many complications for patients with this implant.

Symptoms related to the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Possible bone degeneration: osteolysis
  • Extreme Pain

If you have experienced any of these symptoms because of the Exactech Connexion GXL implant, speak with your doctor to discuss your treatment options. The doctor will likely recommend an X-Ray to check the alignment of the implant and to see if the hip has been fractured, dislocated, or is beginning to deteriorate. Usually, the only way to relieve the symptoms and correct the issue with the faulty device is for the patient undergo a hip revision surgery.

Nobody should be forced to undergo the financial and physical burden of a second surgery after being harmed by a defective product. That’s why The Yost Legal Group is investigating claims for those who have been harmed by the Exactech Connexion GXL hip implant. If you or a loved one has an Exactech Connexion GXL hip implant, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call The Yost Legal Group at  1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529) or email us at today for a free consultation. There is no fee or expense unless you recover.