News presenter: News 2 at 4:00. The types of elective surgeries haven’t really changed over the past few years but how doctors are able to accomplish the results have. Dr. Anthony Stephens joins us now to talk about a no-touch technique, something that you’ve been using every chance you get.
Anthony Stephens: Well for, for some time now regarding silicone implants you know, we have a couple of choices these days used to, we had only sailing which we rolled up made a small incision in the breast, either through the exile or usually underneath the breast and we placed it in the pocket through a little bitty incision maybe an inch long so with implants to put them in, you can imagine trying to put this into a small you know, one-inch incision was a problem.
News presenter: Sure
Anthony Stephens: You know there are a few things out there that have been invented, we wish we would have thought about and this is one of them called a Keller Funnel 2, which allows you to make a very small incision, we take the implant, the nurse usually dumps it into the funnel like this, we were able to make that little one-inch incision and then insert the implant of the breast behind the muscle, pretty simple. Allows for a smaller incision, less contamination of the implant, you don’t have to touch the implant as much so that means less contamination and possibly less chance of something called capsular contracture, hardness, firmness around the breast that accompanies putting it into a small incision and you don’t traumatize the skin edge like you would trying to place this through a little bit incision normally.
News presenter: It also looks like its way easier than anything else
Anthony Stephens: It’s quite easy and it allows for me, I use a lot of sizers to put in to try different sizes on ladies and set them up and this allows you to do that without contaminating the implant, contaminating the pocket and it allows ease of access and you can do it to a smaller incision and you don’t traumatize the skin edge, so in the end the scar looks much better.
News presenter: Wow, so doctors all across the country are using this?
Anthony Stephens: I think this is becoming more standard as time goes on. The implant are the, the manufacturers improve this so that we’re now able to put in more, what’s textured implant or the gummy bear implant which is textured and you almost have to use one of these to put those in because it has a lot of texturization to get it in. So I think you’re seeing this use more and more with various incisions and more physicians are kind of catching on to the, the idea.
News presenter: Something that’s so simple too, it really is.
Anthony Stephens: Very, very simple and you know the cost of this is not significant as we were talking over there about $110 a piece for something so simple, but it’s well worth it and I think it benefits the patient greatly every time we use it.
News presenter: Alright, Dr. Anthony Stephens thank you so much for coming on today we appreciate it. You’re watching WBRZ news 2 at 4:00, we’ll be right back.