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New Instrument
October 2000

New Soft-Tipped Instruments for Foveal Translocation Surgery With 360° Retinotomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka University Medical School, Suita, Japan (Drs Ohji and Tano); Synergetic Inc, St Charles, Mo (Mr Scheller); and the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY (Dr Chang). Mr Scheller has a proprietary interest in the instruments mentioned in this article. The other authors do not have any proprietary interests in the instruments.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(10):1422-1424. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.10.1422
Abstract

Foveal translocation surgery with 360° retinotomy involves several surgical procedures, including creation of a total retinal detachment, rotation of the retina, and complete reattachment of the retina. Some of these procedures, which are time-consuming and difficult to perform, may damage the retina when conventional surgical instruments are used. To make these procedures safer and easier, we have developed 3 soft instruments: an atraumatic forceps, a modified Chang double-barrel cannula with a silicone tip, and a light pipe with a silicone tip. The atraumatic forceps allows the surgeon to grasp and peel off the retina with less damage during the creation of retinal detachment. A bimanual technique using the other 2 instruments allows surgeons to rotate and reattach the detached retina easily and safely. We believe that these soft-tipped instruments make foveal translocation a less complicated surgery.

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