June 1991
Volume 32, Issue 7
Articles  |   June 1991
Investigations on diathermy for anterior capsulotomy.
Author Affiliations
  • N Hausmann
    Department of Ophthalmology, Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria.
  • G Richard
    Department of Ophthalmology, Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 1991, Vol.32, 2155-2159. doi:
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      N Hausmann, G Richard; Investigations on diathermy for anterior capsulotomy.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1991;32(7):2155-2159.

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Diathermy is an approved instrument for intraocular surgery. The authors studied the effects and possible side effects of the first clinical application of a straight bipolar high-frequency probe used to cut the anterior capsule in extracapsular cataract exfraction (ECCE) with a continuous movement. In 25 patients with intumescent or mature cataractous lenses, on which capsulorhexis is difficult to perform, the anterior capsule was cut and a round capsulotomy of the desired diameter obtained. Simultaneously, intraocular temperature was measured for the first time in vivo inside the anterior chamber with a microtemperature probe during the operation. With the technique described, it reached a maximum of 33.4 degrees C (the maximum ranged from 32.8 degrees C-33.4 degrees C). There was no abnormal loss of corneal endothelial cells in the 12-month postoperative follow-up. In addition, electrolysis could not be verified experimentally.


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