Video Presentation

History of vitrectomy

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First Author: M. A.Serrano GarcĂ­a SPAIN

Co Author(s):    M. Sanchez Garcia   V. Lozano Lopez   A. Pareja Rios   L. Cordoves Dorta   C. Mantolan Sarmiento                 

Abstract Details


To relate a story, via cartoons, starting with the difficulties faced by Dr. Robert Machemer to produce the first vitrectome, which would become a reality on April 27, 1972. From that distant day to the present, where we have powerful vitrectomes capable of performing over 7,500 cuts per minute, and with smaller calibers, vitrectomy has evolved to become a predictable and reliable technique.


Film conceived by the Retinal Surgery section, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain.


We transmitted to a producer our experience and research on the history of vitrectomy and this was interpreted in four scenarios. The first describes the difficulties and obstacles prior to obtaining the first vitrectomes. The second, the steps from non-disposable to disposable 20g vitrectomes. The third, the appearance of the 25 g and later, the 23g instrument. Finally, the fourth describes the current battle between 23 g, 25g and 27g vitrectomes.


The result is an animated film with a different perspective of what has been a fascinating experience, the evolution of vitreoretinal surgery.


Everything, even the most transcendent, can be seen in another way.

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