4 years ago

Training strategies and outcomes of ab interno trabeculectomy with the trabectome [version 2; referees: 2 approved]

Larry Kagemann, Kira L. Lathrop, Katherine Fallano, Igor Bussel, Nils Loewen
Plasma-mediated ab interno trabeculectomy with the trabectome was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for use in adult and pediatric glaucomas. Since then, increased clinical experience and updated outcome data have led to its expanded use, including a range of glaucomas and angle presentations, previously deemed to be relatively contraindicated. The main benefits are a high degree of safety, ease, and speed compared to traditional filtering surgery and tube shunts. The increasing burden of glaucoma and expanding life expectancy has resulted in demand for well-trained surgeons. In this article, we discuss the results of trabectome surgery in standard and nonstandard indications. We present training strategies of the surgical technique that include a pig eye model, and visualization exercises that can be performed before and at the conclusion of standard cataract surgery in patients who do not have glaucoma. We detail the mechanism of enhancing the conventional outflow pathway and describe methods of visualization and function testing.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-67/v2

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.10236.2

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