The Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) is a Commonwealth Government health initiative that records information on surgeries involving breast devices, such as breast implants. Managed by Monash University, the ABDR is endorsed by major surgical societies in Australia.
To identify and report on possible trends and complications associated with breast device surgery; to track the long-term safety and performance of implantable breast devices; and to identify best surgical practice and optimal patient health outcomes.
Your information makes an invaluable contribution to the ABDR. We are a long-term project to help safeguard the health of people undergoing breast device surgery. For many patients the ABDR provides peace of mind their device details are recorded. Plus, participation is easy.
26.09.2019 Today the TGA suspended supply of eight models of breast implants for six months, as a precaution until safety and performance concerns with the devices are addressed. Manufacturers of all 31 models of textured and smooth devices which have not been suspended, must comply with several conditions outlined by the TGA here. The TGA website advises: “As BIA-ALCL is very rare, the consensus clinical advice is that the removal of breast implants is not required in a person who has no symptoms or concerns. Patients who have breast implants, or have previously had breast implants should regularly check their breasts and see their doctor if they notice any changes or have any concerns.” (Read media release here.)
The TGA says the surgeon who did your breast implant surgery is best placed to advise you about the type of device that was implanted. If your surgery was undertaken in a public hospital then you can contact the hospital to request the information from your medical records, if it has been recorded there. The ABDR may also have details of your breast device (if you were included in the registry between 2012 and now).
The TGA has a dedicated Breast Implant Hub for easy to read information to support people with concerns about their implants or considering implants (including where to go for help and things to consider before having the procedure). TGA’s Recall of Allergan Biocell breast implants and tissue expanders FACT sheet explains what you should know if you have implants.
About BIA-ALCL: (Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) is a rare type of cancer of the immune system. It is not breast cancer. The TGA (Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration) website has information about ALCL for consumers and health professionals. Or call the TGA on 1800 020 653.
Contact the ABDR
1800 998 722