Making phaco platform transition increases surgical safety,
When his surgery center was in the market for a new phacoemulsification platform, medical director Jonathan Solomon, MD, decided to switch from a unit equipped with a flow-based peristaltic pump to technology that features a vacuum-based Venturi system.

Although he was trained on and had always used phacoemulsification machines with a peristaltic pump, Dr. Solomon said he was interested in changing in order to gain increased efficiency. His experience shows that his goal has been met. Cases are now being completed faster with less ultrasound energy, and patients are benefiting postoperatively with quieter eyes and rapid visual recovery.

There is some apprehension among cataract surgeons about using a Venturi system,” said Dr. Solomon, medical director, Dimensions Surgery Center, Bowie, MD, and surgical/refractive director of Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons, which has offices in Maryland and Virginia.The fact that things move faster in the eye generates concern about safety, and the different dynamics may be especially intimidating for more novice surgeons, he noted.“My message to my colleagues is do not be reluctant to make the transition,” he said. “Rather, relax and be confident while you embrace the enhanced settings that become available and the advanced power you can expect to engage when you use a Venturi system.”,0