In 2019, the Dutch reporting centre for adverse effects of medical implants (MEBI) received 397 reports of suspected adverse effects. The reports concerned 462 implants. The total number of reported adverse effects was 2640. This is shown in the Annual Report 2019 of the reporting centre for adverse effects of medical implants.
An implant is a medical device that is placed inside the body for a prolonged period for medical or cosmetic reasons. People with implants may experience health problems. Civilians, patients and healthcare professionals can report health complaints suspected to be implant-related at MEBI. This way, MEBI is able to pick up signals on potential adverse effects at an early stage.
A limited number of reports from health care professionals
372 reports came from patients and 25 from healthcare professionals. The youngest patient that reported health complaints was 18 years old, the oldest 85. Although the number of reports has increased this year (in 2018 MEBI received 162 reports), MEBI will continue to raise awareness for the reporting centre among both civilians, patients and healthcare professionals.
Implants and health complaints
By far, most reports were received on breast implants. Multiple reports were also received on copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) and mesh implants for pelvic organ prolapse. The most frequently mentioned health complaint was fatigue.
As in 2017 and 2018, most reports in 2019 were related to breast implants. MEBI evaluates every report and closely monitors all reported health complaints. So far, there has been no reason to issue a notification or an alert about the reported health complaints on breast implants because they have all been described previously. However, MEBI will publish an overview of the reported adverse effects of breast implants(2017-2019) in this year.