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Pop and Prechop - A Novel Safe Supracapsular Phacoemulsification Technique

  Channels: Cataract Surgery | Posted 5/13/2011

As patients’ expectations, out-of-pocket expenses, and medicolegal liability have increased, it has become more and more difficult to find appropriate cases for trainee surgery. The published complication rates of capsular violation and vitreous loss for trainee-performed surgery ranges between 6% and 15%, which is unacceptably high. Christopher Starr, MD, presents the Pop and prechop technique, a modification of pop and chop which involves prolapsing or popping the lens out of the bag, engaging it en masse with the phaco handpiece, and dividing it using a traditional chopping maneuver at the iris plane. Pop and prechop was devised to make cataract removal easier, faster, and less complex for trainees.

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