I have tested several methods of trying to protect the implant from skin flora contamination and nothing has worked to perfection until now. After 80 implant procedures, this device has made my silicone breast augmentation procedures much more efficient.
Las Cruces, NM (Vocus) May 6, 2010
Even though it is one of the most popular procedures across the country and in Las Cruces and El Paso, breast augmentation still has risks that go along with the procedure. Specifically with the silicone implants, the chance of capsular contraction, silent rupture and simple contamination are greater than with saline. This is because they are pre-filled and the chance of it rubbing against the skin during insertion is greater and the force needed to place it greater.
“I am always on the look-out for new and better ways to perform procedures,” says Dr. Martin. “But, I was a little skeptical when a sales rep showed me the Keller Funnel at a Santa Fe conference.”
For Dr. Martin, the proof was in the results. “I decided to give it a try and it solved so many issues that I have been trying to solve for years,” he says. “I have tested several methods of trying to protect the implant from skin flora contamination and nothing has worked to perfection until now. After 80 implant procedures, this device has made my silicone breast augmentation procedures much more efficient.”
The Keller Funnel is a device that was developed to eliminate the amount of contact between the patient’s skin and the implant as it is placed. This means there is no bacterial exchange from the patient’s skin to the implant prior to insertion and that reduces the chance of infection. Though it is not known for a fact, but this bacterial contamination may be one of the leading causes of capsular contracture, which is quite painful as scar tissue grows and envelopes the implant.
The FDA has stated that there is a possible link between trauma to the implant during insertion and silent rupture later on. Traditional methods require a long incision and quite a bit of force to place the implant. With the Keller Funnel, the idea is to use a smaller incision and pour the gel implant into the funnel. The tip is placed just inside the incision and much less force is required to push the implant into the pocket. Manual manipulation is still necessary once inside the pocket, but trauma to the implant is greatly reduced.
“I have personally seen a six minute reduction in my surgery time and my incisions are about a centimeter shorter than with the traditional technique,” says Dr. Martin. “This all results in a faster recovery time and, hopefully less risk down the road.”
Dr. Martin is a board certified plastic surgeon and is always looking for ways to improve his patient’s results in the safest manner possible. Adding the Keller Funnel to his breast augmentation procedure is just one of the many ways he has continued to advance his practice.
“The latest products and techniques are not always what they promise to be,” he says. “This device is that and more. I have used it and will continue to use it on all of my silicone breast augmentation procedures.”