Mastering Cataract Surgery: Updated Textbook

Phacoemulsification, while the gold standard for cataract surgery, is, as every surgeon knows, not without risks and complications.  With the updated, second edition of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation: Mastering Techniques and Complications in Cataract Surgery, editor and OOSS President Emeritus William J. Fishkind, M.D., and some of the finest cataract experts at work today address, chapter by chapter, every aspect of the procedure, along with the potential challenges and problems that can arise during surgery.

“Surgeons are always thinking about scenarios from routine to disaster and how to manage them because when things occur, they happen quickly and you need to be adept at thinking on your feet or have a plan ready,” says Fishkind. “This book codifies the problems that could happen and the techniques to manage them.”

The medical/surgical textbook, which is written for both the student/resident and the experienced ophthalmic surgeon, includes basic techniques necessary to assure excellent outcomes and advanced techniques, such as refractive cataract surgery, pars plana vitrectomy, IOL exchange techniques, and the management of IOL implantation without capsular bag support. Several procedures and techniques discussed in the book have been developed and improved since the publication of the first edition 10 years ago.

A list of the contributors to Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation reads like a veritable who’s who of ophthalmic surgery. Chapters are written by renowned experts and in several instances by the pioneers of the procedures under discussion.

Contributors include Howard V. Gimbel, M.D., a leading authority on capsulorhexis; Paul S. Koch, M.D., who developed the “Stop and Chop” phacoemulsification procedure; Steve A. Arshinoff M.D., one of the world’s foremost experts on viscosurgical devices; vitrectomy expert Lisa B. Arbisser, M.D.; pathologist Liliana Werner, M.D., on the pathology of complicated phacoemulsification; Ron Yeoh, M.D., on the femtosecond laser; and many other noted experts.

In addition to editing the 572-page book, Fishkind authored or co-authored chapters, including a chapter with Barry Seibel, M.D., on the phacoemulsification machine, which is an area of his expertise.

“There is just not another book that tells you the information that is in this book in terms of how to perform the procedure, the recognition of a potential problem, and the management of the problem and its complications,” says Fishkind.

The book includes 643 illustrations and comes with a code to a website with videos of the procedures performed by the authors.

The book, which retails for $199.99, is available from the publisher, Thieme Medical Publishers, and on Copies also will be for sale at the publisher’s booth the floor of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the 2017 AAO/AAOE Annual Convention, November 11-14 in New Orleans.





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