Keller funnel pros and cons?
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contracture). Capsular contracture rates are also less if the implant never comes in contact
with the skin during the procedure. The Keller Funnel makes this possible. It works
like a cake decorator’s cornet for icing a cake. Once the pocket is ready, the implant is
placed into this sterile cone-shaped plastic funnel. The implant is then literally squeezed
into the pocket without ever touching the skin or the surgeon’s gloves.
Keller funnel and breast implants
I can place large implants through smaller incisions with less trauma to the implant
Arguably, this is a more sterile method of implant placement
Unfortunately with textured devices or shaped implants, there is a potential for damaging the implant by placing high amounts of pressure on the implant while inserting it into a small hole so there is definitely a learning curve with this product. With a round, smooth implant it is a no-brainer.
Keller funnel pros and cons?
Long-term data are not available on the reduction of capsular contractures or implant malfunction. Theoretically, these help with ease of insertion, smaller incision length and less trauma and possible contamination of the implant (but these are placed in a "sterile" feild). The primary issue is cost.
The Keller Funnel only need to be used for silicone gel implants as the typical insertion incision for saline implants is much smaller and little to no trauma on the implants.
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Thank you for your question! The Keller funnel is GENIUS !! It takes 3 seconds to place 2 implants via a 2.5 centimeter incision( 1 ") for most patients. The cost of the surgery time alone is worth the $ of the funnel.
With Warm Regards
Trevor M Born MD
Keller funnel pros and cons
Pros - 1 - No touch -No touch technique is thought to decrease capsular contracture. Studies from the company on cadavers painted with bacteria show decreased contamination and in a preliminary study of a few practices we showed the capsular contracture rate to be decreased by half.
2 - less pressure on implant - this may lead to decreased ruptures but hard to prove
3 - smaller incision - a little
4 - less surgeon hand fatigue
Cons - cost only
Using the Keller Funnel allows for a smaller scar size and a more sterile breast augmentation procedure.
I always use the Keller Funnel during my silicone breast augmentation procedures. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it allows for me to squeeze the implant through a smaller incision - which means smaller scars for my patients. Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, it ensures that the implant comes out of sterile packaging, goes through the sterile funnel, and directly into the patient's tissue. This means that risk of contamination (and infection) is minimized.
Why I am a fan of the Keller Funnel
I started using the Keller Funnels earlier this year and have become a big fan of the device. Using the Keller Funnel may make a difference in preventing capsular contracture. The science is still out on that but it does make sense. You are correct; it does shorten the inframammary incision a bit. I find it much easier to place the silicone implants using the funnel.
The reason more surgeons are not using them is simple. They cost about $100 each.
Here is the recent blog I wrote about it that goes into more detail about it and a video demonstrating how they work.
All the best,
It is considered by some in the UK to the the standard of care.
It does cost some extra. I will not do a gel implant with out them. Those who don't use them are cutting costs in my opinion.
Keller Funnel usage
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