Glaucoma Drainage Devices Wet Lab: Indications and Techniques

Saturday, June 20
Pier 4, 08001100

In this course, participants will be instructed on the indications, techniques and post-operative management including complications of glaucoma drainage devices. There will also be an opportunity to practice these techniques in the wet lab.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • articulate when a glaucoma drainage device (GDD) should be considered
  • understand the difference between flow restrictive and non-restrictive glaucoma drainage devices
  • appreciate when one type of GDD would be used, over another
  • recognize the potential complications during and following surgery and how best to prevent them

Ahmed Glaucoma Valves
Graham Trope, Robert Schertzer, Yvonne Buys

Baerveldt Drainage Implant
David Tingey, Paul Harasymowycz, Paul Rafuse, Marcelo Nicolela

Robert M. Schertzer, Yvonne Buys

0800Opening remarks
Robert M Schertzer, Yvonne Buys
Indications and mechanism of GDD
0805GDD indications
Yvonne Buys
0810Differences between Ahmed and Baerveldt implants
Yvonne Buys
0810Mechanics of implants
Whole group discussion
Ahmed vs Baerveldt
0820Why I mostly use Ahmed Glaucoma Valves
Robert M Schertzer
0825Why I switched back to Baerveldt implants
David Tingey
0830Ahmed vs Baerveldt: which one and when?
Whole group discussion
The surgical technique
0840Video presentation Ahmed Glaucoma Valve
Robert M Schertzer
0850Video presentation Baerveldt drainage implant
Paul Harasymowycz
Whole group discussion
Tips and tricks
0910Tips and tricks to avoid intra-operative and post-operative complications
Graham Trope
0915Tips and tricks
Whole group discussion
Wet lab
0935You will have the opportunity to spend your wet lab portion to gain hands-on experience with the Ahmed and Baerveldt drainage devices. You may choose to spend all your time on just one of these devices, or divide your time between each of these, depending on your personal learning needs. Although all the instructors have experience with both types of implant, currently Drs Trope, Schertzer and Buys primarily use Ahmed implants, and Drs Tingey, Harasymowycz, Rafuse and Nicolela use Baerveldt implants. They will be circulating between the workstations and can be flagged down as needed during this session.
1045Throughout the wet lab portion, if questions arise that might be relevant to other course attendees, these teachable moments may be discussed openly amongst all those in attendance. Time will also be allocated after the wet lab portion for us to regroup in order to discuss what we have learned, in case there are practical points you would like to share with the group.

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