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Introduction to hypersonic vitrectomy

Blinder, Kevin J.a; Awh, Carl C.b; Tewari, Asheeshc; Garg, Sunir J.d; Srivastava, Sunil K.e; Kolesnitchenko, Valerif

Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: May 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 133–137
doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000563
RETINAL, VITREOUS AND MACULAR DISORDERS: Edited by Brandon G. Busbee and John W. Kitchens

Purpose of review To review the development of hypersonic vitrectomy and present the first case series in the United States.

Recent findings From 27 September 2017 to 4 December 2017, 64 patients underwent hypersonic vitrectomy with 20 patients having conventional 23-ga vitrectomy for comparison. The preoperative diagnoses ranged from vitreous opacities to rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. The results will be presented, as well as a postoperative questionnaire on the utility of hypersonic vitrectomy in a 5-center 71-patient series.

Summary With the first major innovation in vitrectomy technology since the early days of pneumatic guillotine cutters, hypersonic vitrectomy has been shown to be an efficient, effective and safe alternative.

aThe Retina Institute, St. Louis, Missouri

bTennessee Retina, PC, Nashville, Tennessee

cMichigan Retina Center, PC, Ann Arbor, Michigan

dThe Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

eCole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

fBausch & Lomb, Rochester, New York, USA

Correspondence to Kevin J. Blinder, MD, The Retina Institute, 32 Lake Forest Dr, St. Louis, MO 63117, USA. Tel: +1 314 409 6121; e-mail:

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