STUART, Fla.--(hang uncomfortably from incision sites and may restrict mobility. One woman, with a career in textiles, wanted to improve the post surgical experience for women battling breast cancer like her and designed a system called the Marsupial® Pouch.)--According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this year nearly 150,000 women will face a mastectomy procedure due to breast cancer treatment. Patients undergoing a major operation, such as mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, often are required to leave the hospital with pinned drains and tubes that
“Any product that eases recovery should be available.”
Made from plush terry cloth, the Marsupial® system is comprised of two parts, an adjustable, elastic belt and a pouch to hold the drains. Patients who have used the Marsupial® reported experiencing the following benefits:
- kept reservoirs and tubing secure
- concealed unsightly drainage
- improved mobility
- provided increased comfort when sleeping
"I would recommend The Marsupial to all women who undergo breast surgery and are discharged with drains,” says Judith Macon, RN, MA Program coordinator of The Betty Ford Comprehensive Breast Center at Columbia Hospital/Women's Medical Center - Washington, DC. “Any product that eases recovery should be available."
Offered in kits ranging from $29.95 to 49.95, the Marsupial® will be sold directly to physician practices, surgery centers, hospitals and online to patients at www.marsupialpouch.com. Each Marsupial® Pouch can accommodate multiple drain reservoirs and tubing and can be worn by the patient after surgical procedures where drains have been placed.
The Marsupial® Pouch is distributed by Keller Medical, Inc. based in Stuart Florida. The company is also the maker of the Keller Funnel™, a device that surgeons may use during augmentation procedures. Keller Medical is committed to improving the comfort of women who undergo breast reconstruction, mastectomy or augmentation procedures. For more information about Keller Medical or The Marsupial®, call 772.219.9993.