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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 5 IanTech | miLoop Surgeons of all skill levels can use this slick micro interventional device to fragment cataracts into multiple pieces in the capsular bag without use of phaco energy. A super thin, lens-shaped nitinol loop at the end of the device can cut cataracts of any density. Surgeons insert the tool into the eye through a 1.5 mm incision, unfold the loop, encircle the lens and pull back on the device's button to "cinch" the lens in half. Surgeons then rotate the tool to initiate several other cuts, and the resulting lens fragments can be removed with aspira- tion alone. MiLoop is a fundamental shift away from classic cataract surgery. Instead of chopping from the inside out like phaco, miLoop cuts from the outside in, so no pressure is applied to the capsular bag. The loop sweeps in from the periphery to polish the capsule and separate the lens from the capsular bag. IanTech has initiated a limited launch of the single-use device, which costs about $150. I've used this tool in practice and believe it has the potential to transform cataract surgery into a more efficient and cost-effective procedure. • BACK TO THE FUTURE This pen-like tool was developed with the intention of reinventing cataract surgery.

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