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Report: Australian Breast Device Registry


The Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) has released their Annual Report, detailing 3,544 reconstructive and 9,337 aesthetic breast procedures performed in public and private hospitals during 2018 and a total of 10,762 reconstructive and 29,206 aesthetic procedures from 2012 to 2018.

The report provides important insights into procedures and implant details, surgical techniques, complications and revision rates on data from 37,000 patients.

Established in 2015, the ABDR is a world-leading registry service led by Monash University, with the support of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

breast implant safety

Surgeons are able to voluntarily submit information about the implants they place in patients. This enables patients to have a central national point of registration for their implants, while also facilitating the monitoring of prosthesis’ safety profiles and enhancing quality of care for breast implant patients.

Each of Dr Sharp’s patients have their implants registered (it is free of charge), but can choose to opt out of the registry if they wish.

Australia wide, 514 surgeons operating at 280 hospitals and day surgeries had contributed data. Key findings included:

  • EThe total number of procedures captured by ABDR in 2018 was 13,718, including 3,544 reconstructive and 9,337 aesthetic procedures.
  • EAt the end of 2018, 37,603 patients had procedures captured by the ABDR, an addition of 11,990 in 2018.
  • E 74% of breast implant procedures were registered (up from 65% in 2017 and 44 % in 2016