About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Woman's Breast Implant Displaces During Exercise

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM
Font : A-A+

 Woman's Breast Implant Displaces During Exercise

A 59-year old breast cancer survivor lost her breast implant internally during strenuous Pilates exercise. The implant shifted when she engaged in a deep exhale while keeping her mouth closed and nose pinched shut called the Valsalva maneuve.

An ultrasound revealed that the implant was lodged between the lower part of the woman's right lung and ribcage.


Fortunately the woman did not experience any pain by the time she was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, US. She had recently undergone a heart surgery which often involves separating the rib muscles. Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. anthony Youn said, "The weakened scar tissue was easily torn, and the strength of the pectoralis muscle pushed the implant deep into her chest."

Eventually, the surgeons managed to retrieve the implant from within her chest and reinstated it.

This bizarre incident has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Source: Medindia

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Woman's Breast Implant Displaces During Exercise Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests