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Divide and Conquer

Surgeon: Douglas Wisner, MD | Year: 2021

Dr. Wisner demonstrates Divide and Conquer nuclear disassembly during phacoemulsification.

Sample Operative Report


Cataract, *** eye




Phacoemulsification cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation, *** eye


*** *** diopters, serial number ***, aim ***






MAC and topical



Description of Procedure:

Prior to the date of surgery, the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the planned procedure were discussed with the patient, and informed consent was obtained. The patient was identified in the preoperative area by the attending physician, and the operative eye was marked. The patient was taken to the operative suite and given IV sedation and topical ocular anesthesia. The operative eye was prepped and draped in the usual sterile ophthalmic fashion. A lid speculum was inserted.

A paracentesis was made into clear cornea. Epi-Shugarcaine and viscoelastic were injected into the anterior chamber. A clear corneal incision was made using a keratome. A cystotome was used to initiate a capsular flap, and Utrata forceps were used to create a continuous curvilinear capsulorrhexis. Hydrodissection was performed using balanced salt solution on a blunt tipped cannula. A phacoemulsification handpiece was used to disassemble and remove the lens nucleus. An irrigation/aspiration handpiece was used to remove the remaining cortical material and polish the capsule.

The anterior chamber and capsular bag were filled with viscoelastic. The intraocular lens was placed into the bag and dialed into position. All remaining viscoelastic was removed using the irrigation/aspiration handpiece. The corneal incisions were hydrated with balanced salt solution then inspected with a Weck-cel sponge and found to be watertight with good intraocular pressure by finger tension. The lens was inspected and found to be centered in the capsular bag.

The speculum and drapes were removed, and antibiotic-steroid drops were placed into the eye. The patient was then transported to the postoperative care unit in good condition.