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COVID-19 Crisis - April 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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tion to remove non- cancerous conjunctiva growths from the eye takes less than an hour to perform. The biggest barrier for making pterygium sur- gery work in office settings is pain con- trol, which is easier to control in an OR. "If IV anesthesia or a retrobulbar block were needed, you obviously couldn't be in a procedure room," says Dr. VanDenBrook. Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is often done in con- junction with cataract surgery, but not always. One MIGS procedure, micropulse diode laser treatments, could potentially grow into a com- mon office-based procedure, according to Dr. VanDenBrook. The operation involves delivering a micro pulse of energy to the ciliary body to decrease aqueous production. "That would be a pretty easy transition because you're technically not going into the eye," she says. "It would be a good fit for a potential migration to a procedure room." OSM A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 3 • OFFICE SPACE Cataract surgery and some minimally invasive glaucoma treat- ments can be performed safely in procedure rooms.

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