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    Scleral buckle technique using PPV, laser photocoagulation

     

    Increased efficiency

    Utilizing the new probe increases operating room efficiency and reduces complications. It extends to areas of the eye a surgeon is unable to reach with standard laser probes. I am able to remain seated during the procedure and I do not need to switch to an indirect laser.

    There is less need for scleral depression. The staff has fewer steps to assist in the surgery, thus decreasing the number of errors that could occur. It also reduces overall surgical time.

    It also is easier to view retinal tears and pathology when using the microscope with instruments inside the eye, versus the indirect ophthalmoscope. This contributes to a precise laser delivery. Precise laser treatments result in less surgery time and quicker recovery.

    While scleral buckling has declined in recent years, it is a valuable and efficacious technique that should be utilized for the right patient. It is a treatment that takes skill and experience but is worth the effort.

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