This is my first patient education video. I uploaded this last evening to YouTube. It is one of the best I’ve seen for a super niche like eye surgery.
As I state in the video, vitrectomy surgery is performed by retina specialists. I completed extra training to specialize and to perform retinal surgery.
A vitrectomy is the core operation for many of the surgical diseases we treat. For instance, a vitrectomy is used to remove an epiretinal membrane (ERM), fix a macular hole or repair a retinal detachment. A vitrectomy can remove floaters.
It is very similar to arthroscopic surgery or laparoscopic surgery in that all the systems are “closed.”
Patient is Awake and Comfortable
Most of my procedures are performed while the patient is awake. Before surgery, the patient receives a sedative, putting them to sleep for a few minutes while the entire eye is numbed.
By the way, the operation is completely painless! I am usually able to talk to my patients while operating.
25 Gauge Instrumentation: No Stitches!
The instruments used have revolutionized vitrectomy surgery. The instruments are so thin, that we no longer have to take time to stitch the eye. This improves efficiency (shortens operating times), but also causes less tissue damage and greatly speeds up healing time (fewer office visits).
What Does This Mean?
You’ve probably noticed that you see more and more video. It’s a great medium, it captures your attention via audio and video, the costs of equipment are miniscule and the video quality is exeptional.
I produced this entire video at home using iMovie (Apple). The operation took about 16 minutes in real time. Many thanks to Meredith Maclauchlan for her skill in adding the special effects and background!
Randall V. Wong, M.D.
Ophthalmologist, Retina Specialist
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