Positioning the obese or large-breasted patient for macular laser photocoagulation.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: To report a positioning method for macular laser photocoagulation in obese or large-breasted patients. DESIGN: Report of a laser technique. METHODS: Review of clinical experience. SETTING: Private retina practice. RESULTS: Standing the patient up, leaning forward, and using the examination chair as buttocks support allows easier positioning of the obese or large-breasted patient in the slit lamp. The laser surgeon's hand manipulating the slit-lamp joystick does not fatigue, which allows more careful examination and treatment in these delicate cases. CONCLUSIONS: The technique described may allow more thorough diagnostic evaluation and focal laser treatment of obese and large-breasted patients with macular diseases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Browning, DJ

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 178 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 14700665

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14700665

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9394(03)00737-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States