The Keller Funnel is a device used by some surgeons to insert the breast implant into the chest pocket without the need to touch it.
The Keller Funnel is made of a clear polymeric material that’s interior is surfaced with a hydrophilic coating. This coating is then submerged in a sterile solution causing it to become very slippy allowing the breast implant to move through it.
Round implants are loaded into the funnel usually direct from the packaging which is why this is often called a ‘no-touch technique’. Shaped implants are usually hand placed into the funnel to allow the surgeon to make sure that they are in the correct position, direction and orientation and this is called the ‘Minimal Touch Technique’.
The smallest part of the funnel is then placed into the incision and the implant is gently moved through the Keller funnel and into the chest pocket.
Benefits of the Keller Funnel include shorter incision lengths, improved patient comfort, increased protection against infection, reduced force on the breast implant and less trauma caused to tissue surrounding the implant.
The Keller Funnel is an FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved device in the USA. The Keller Funnel is owned by Allergan, one of the world’s largest medical, pharmaceutical research and development companies
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