Medical malpractice suit: Breast implants keep moving

A cancer patient who had a double mastectomy suffered through four implant surgeries over the course of 12 months. She and her husband have now decided to file a medical malpractice suit against the surgeon. The woman, like many others in Tennessee, has had to face so much related to the cancer that it seems unfair that she also has to deal with what she and her husband claim was poor medical care.

The lawsuit asserts that woman had breasts implanted after she contracted cancer. The operation was not completely successful as the implants moved. Between 2014 and 2015, the plaintiff underwent another three surgeries. Each time, the implants migrated. It is alleged that the reason for the failures was due to the fact that tissue expanders were not used to ensure that the implants stay in place.

The plaintiffs are asking for more than $50,000 in damages for the alleged negligence. They claim that the injuries could have been prevented if sufficient measures were taken. If true, the patient could have been spared a lot of unnecessary trauma.

Medical malpractice lawsuits may be filed in Tennessee when evidence suggests that the standard of care received by a patient was substandard and caused or contributed to serious injuries. In a successfully presented civil case, damages may be awarded for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of wages and loss of employment, among other financial losses. Any damages received may not erase what came before, but they can assist the patient and his or her family in recovering from the negative effects of insufficient care. 

Source:, "Suit claims breast implants have repeatedly migrated", Louie Torres, June 21, 2016

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