Background: To improve the safety and early detection of unexpected breast implant-related complications, the Korean Breast Implant Registry (K-BIR) was launched in 2020 in cooperation with the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, and a pilot study was conducted. Objective: This article provides an overview of our pilot study and experiences of the K-BIR. Methods: The dataset to be used in the pilot form of K-BIR was constructed by holding online surveys and meetings focusing on the global breast device registry's minimum dataset. A pilot study was implemented from April 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020, with six university teaching hospitals and four private clinics. Results: During the pilot study period, 325 patients, 451 procedures, and 366 implants were entered into the K-BIR. The most common procedure registered was augmentation mammaplasty (30%) for cosmetic indications, followed by direct-to-implant breast reconstruction (27%). Smooth silicone implant was the most common type (73%) of implant used. A feedback survey after the pilot study included questions about the registration rate compared with an actual procedure, entry time, reasons for difficulty in entry, and additional data needed. Conclusions: The continuous maintenance and development of K-BIR will require an effective dataset, a strengthened legal system for an opt-out registry and personal data protection, various incentives for increasing participation rates, and an electronic platform that patients, manufacturers, and clinicians can easily access. K-BIR has the potential to provide quality assurance and outcomes for research and post-market surveillance systems for breast implants as well as methods for enhancing patient safety.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery|
|State||Published - Jun 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We are grateful for the support of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in 2021 (Grant no. 21173MFDS244 ).
© 2022 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
- Breast implants
- Patient Safety