Cadaver corneoscleral model for angle surgery training

Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Samir NazaraliPatrick Gooi


To assess a new training model (Tackdriver) for new-generation microinvasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS). Resident training centers in Canada. Evaluation of technology. Human cadaver corneoscleral rims recovered after Descemet-stripping endothelial keratoplasty or not suitable for transplantation were acquired from an eye bank. The tissue was fixated with a single tack through the center of the cornea, which was inverted in a concave fashion. A water-based medical lubricant was used for placement of a goniolens after visualization of the anterior chamber and the trabecular meshwork. Microbypass stent (iStent) insertion and gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT) were practiced on this model. The model was qualitatively assessed for ease of preparation, accuracy of surgical simulation, and the number and variety of MIGS procedures that can be performed. Efficient high-volume training was performed for microbypass stent insertion using first-generation and second-generation microbypass stents. The GATT procedure was also performed as a final step in a titratable fashion in 90-, 180-, or 270-degree segments or a complete 360-degree treatment. The model simulated bimanual angle surgery with good fidelity. The training m...Continue Reading


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