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Rate of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment after resident-performed cataract surgery is similar to that of experienced surgeons
  1. A Khatibi1,
  2. A Naseri1,2,
  3. J M Stewart1,3
  1. 1
    University of California, San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA, USA
  2. 2
    San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA, USA
  3. 3
    San Francisco General Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA, USA
  1. J M Stewart, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology, 10 Koret Way, Room K301, San Francisco, CA 94143-0730, USA; stewartj{at}vision.ucsf.edu

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Retinal detachment is a serious complication of cataract surgery. The reported rate of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) after phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction ranges from 0 to 7.5%, with a mean of 1.4% and a median of 1.0%, in studies of follow-up ranging between 4 months and 18 years.1 The rate of RRD after resident-performed cataract surgery is unknown. This study was designed to determine the RRD rate after resident-performed cataract surgery over 10 years at two major hospitals associated with a university medical centre.

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Permissions were obtained from the Institutional Review Boards of UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). Billing codes and medical records identified all resident-performed cataract surgeries performed at the …

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