Modifications in cataract surgery for the morbidly obese patient.
We describe a standing phacoemulsification technique (SPT) with the patient in reverse Trendelenburg position (RTP) as a means of performing surgery in morbidly obese patients. These patients have elevated vitreous pressure, leading to a high rate of posterior capsule rupture and vitreous loss. The SPT with RTP normalizes vitreous pressure, facilitating cataract surgery.
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