Noëmi had her breast prostheses removed at plastic surgeon Gijs van Selms. She did this after a two-year search in which she was sent from pillar to post with complaints. It was therefore a relief that Dr van Selms really listened and acknowledged her problem. Because even though there is no scientific evidence, the complaints were really there.
Noëmi decided to have her prostheses removed
How Noemi Aesthetic Center Jan van Goyen ended up? She suffered from joint and muscle pain, tingling hands and feet. She also had severe back pain and was very tired. She herself describes the latter as a “desperate fatigue.” In the last year she had a lot of pain in both breasts and this pain radiated to her armpits. "Not fun!" says Noemi, putting it mildly.
The quest to get better has lasted no less than two years. So she knocked on the door of her GP, a neurologist, rheumatologist and the internist. This internist was the first to take her complaints seriously, and six months later Nöemi found out - after a lot of research on the internet - that the complaints could be caused by her breast prostheses.
On consultation with drs. Gijs van Selms
Doctor van Selms was recommended on a forum, he turned out to have a lot of experience with prosthesis-related complaints. So Noëmi made an appointment with him for a consultation. Listened during this consultation drs. Gijs van Selms very good to her story and very important: he took the complaints seriously. He also promised a good result and remained realistic about the operation and the associated expectations.
It is important that complaints are acknowledged. Especially by the general practitioner, neurologist and rheumatologist, Noëmi was labeled as sensitive and her physical complaints were attributed to a burnout. It is a difficult disease and it is complicated to demonstrate whether complaints are actually caused by prostheses. This does not alter the fact that they do exist and that something can be done about them.
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You are very welcome for a no-obligation consultation with Gijs van Selms or one of our other plastic surgeons. A consultation gives you the insights you need to make an informed decision. Every day, our doctors see women who are considering having their breast implants replaced or removed. Will we see you soon too?
The removal of the prostheses was not too bad for Noëmi
On the one hand, Noëmi was very apprehensive about the operation, but she was also very much looking forward to it. She had read many stories of women who improved greatly after such a procedure and that would be a relief. Still, she was scared. Afraid that the complaints would not disappear or that the cosmetic result would be disappointing. Noëmi says: “My breasts are small now, but they look nice. The scars are smaller than before and I came out of the operation so much stronger!”
How are her complaints?
The pain is as good as gone, Noemi is grateful for that. The first day after the operation she was still drowsy from the anesthesia, but she noticed it right away: “I just don't have any pain anymore… no pain in the breasts, much less back pain. I didn't dare to say it yet, but a large part of the complaints had disappeared!" The fatigue and back pain are still there, but less intense.
Anything else you want to share?
“Many women are afraid of the result when they consider removing breast prostheses. That's not necessary. It can be very beautiful and my experience is that doctor van Selms can estimate that well in advance. He tells you in clear language what to expect.”
drs. Gijs van Selms shares
“At our clinic we see a small percentage of women with complaints that may be caused by the prostheses. There is no scientific evidence to back this up, but if I can help someone, I certainly will. I see women recovering after surgery. Fortunately, most women are not bothered by anything, but we cannot hide the fact that the problem exists.”
“My breasts are small now, but it looks nice. The scars are smaller than before and I came out of the operation so much stronger!”
Are you also considering having your breast prostheses removed?
There are various reasons for having your breast prostheses removed. Although in most cases it is not a medical necessity, many women still opt for an explant. At Aesthetic Center Jan van Goyen, this is a common procedure and our doctors can therefore advise you well. Are you also considering having your prostheses replaced or removed? Our team is happy to help you. Thanks to our expertise, we can provide tailor-made care and thus map out the best treatment process for you.
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