New central register for all breast enhancements and hip replacements

Archives intended to quicken response when implants are found to be dangerous

The register will be able to tell which patient chose which implant (photo: iStock) The register will be able to tell which patient chose which implant (photo: iStock)
April 24th, 2015 1:07 pm| by Philip Tees
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Within a year, there will be a central register detailing everyone in Denmark who has had implant surgery.

This means, according to the Health Ministry, that it will be possible to find out in a matter of seconds everyone in the country who has received a given type of breast enhancement implant, hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, Metroxpress reports.

READ MORE: Bare breasts to stay on Movia buses

Nick Hækkerup, the health minister, cites past cases of problematic implants as being the impetus for the register.

“Over the years there have unfortunately been a number of unfortunate cases in which patients have had hip replacements, breast implants and implants of other medical apparatus, which have subsequently led to problems,” he said.

Quickly find faults
As things stand, it is only possible to see which patients have been given implants by checking their medical records.

This made it difficult, for example, when the health authorities recently needed to find the 600 Danes who had received a faulty ASR hip joint implant from the American company DePuy.

READ MORE: Hip implant recall affects 600 Danes

The initiative has been met with approval by the medical community, according to Michael Dupont, the head of the medical council at the doctors’ association Lægeforengingen.

“With the implant register it will be possible to quickly find and help patients if there turns out to be a problem or serious side-effects with particular implants,” he said.

(photo: Henrik Stenberg)
August Performance: Pirouetting at the police station
Summer Dance Aug 11-17, 20:30, Aug 16-17, 14:30; Politigården, Cph V; f...
Until relatively recently, the Faroese needed to catch a boat every time they wanted to travel to one of the 18 islands (photo: Vincent van Zeijst)
Parliament election on Faroe Islands announced
Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, the prime minister of the Faroe Islands, has annou...
The port of Calais is not this peaceful or visible today (photo: Luctor)
French sailors striking against DFDS purchase in Calais again
Hundreds of French sailors blocked access to the city of Calais, France thi...
The accused has appealed, denying all charges (photo: iStock)
Dane found guilty of raping his teenage stepdaughter
A 51-year-old man from Maribo on Lolland was today found guilty of repeated...
Protests against uranium mining in Greenland came to Copenhagen today (Photo: Alberto Otero Garcia)
Anti-uranium rally in Copenhagen
About 80 protestors joined Chemnitz Larsen (IA), Greenland’s representati...
Few Danish children suffering from anxiety disorders get adequate support (photo: iStock)
Anxiety an increasing problem for Danish children
According to several municipalities in southern Jutland, increasing number ...