Cataract & Eye Lid Surgery: Benefits to Patient, Health Care System, and Surgeon
Review of oral vs intravenous (IV) sedation for use in cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US, mainly using an intravenous (IV) sedative. While this practice is ultimately safe and effective, oral sedation for cataract surgery is proving to be a more reasonable alternative.
Specialists Drs. William Richheimer and Robert G. Fante, will provide a review of oral sedation for cataract surgery, breaking down the patient satisfaction rate, benefits to the surgeon and healthcare system in terms of cost and space saving measures, and potential downfalls. A single surgeon case series using oral sedation for cataract surgery will be reviewed, showing while the surgeons preference should still govern anesthesia choice, for many utilizing oral sedation, the method is safe and comfortable for the vast majority of cataract surgery patients.