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Almost Left Behind - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2018

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8 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Dr. Kuntz hopes patients use his website, which he says will remain free of commercial influence, to make informed decisions about the factors that will improve their visual acuity. "Patient choice is incredibly important in cataract surgery," he explains. "When patients are involved in shaping their post-op outcomes, their satisfaction with the surgery will increase." — Daniel Cook the day of surgery. "They tell them to stay off the computer and not to watch TV — to relax and take it easy," says Ms. Cappella. "Educating patients about what they'll experience after surgery is incredibly important." 5. Remember the patient's perspective Making each patient feel like they're the only one you're operating on that day can be challenging when cases last no more than 15 minutes, points out Dr. Slonim. "Still," he says, "patients should never feel like they're a cog in the assembly line." It's easy to lose sight of the fact that patients are coming in for a sin- gular experience. "I encourage every member of the surgical team to be mindful of what the patients are experiencing," says Dr. Kuntz, "and to constantly look at cataract surgery from their point of view." Dr. Kuntz is sure to share reassuring words with a patient as soon as her case ends and is quick to set her expectations for the next planned procedure. "Patients are still lightly sedated, so they're in a suggestive state," he says. "I let them know how well the procedure went, how great of an experience they're having — and how much I'm looking forward to removing the cataract from their other eye in a couple weeks." OSM

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