Surgical techniques for primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachments between surgeons with high versus low single surgery success rates.
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To identify differences in preoperative characteristics and intraoperative approaches between surgeons with higher versus lower single surgery success rates (SSSR) for repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments (RRDs).
METHODS: This study is a sub-analysis of subjects who underwent RRD repair in the Primary Retinal Detachment Outcomes (PRO) study, a multi-institutional, retrospective comparative interventional study. The PRO study examined consecutive primary RRD surgeries from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The primary outcome was variations in surgical approach to different types of RRDs with secondary analyses of pre and intraoperative metrics for surgeons with SSSR > 90% compared to those
RESULTS: A total of 689 surgeries were included in the analysis. The mean SSSR was 94% for the higher tier and 75% for the lower tier (p < 0.0001). Surgeons with >90% SSSR were more likely to have graduated fellowship more recently (p = 0.0025), use less perfluorocarbon liquid (p < 0.0001), perform less 360 degree laser retinopexy (p < 0.0001), and perform a higher percentage of primary buckles and combined PPV/SB (p < 0.0001). For pseudophakic eyes there was no difference between PPV and PPV/SB use (p = 0.6211).
CONCLUSION: Surgeons with high SSSR typically performed SB as well as combination PPV/SB for more RRDs. Similar numbers of PPV and PPV/SB were performed for pseudophakic eyes, suggesting that the difference in SSSR between the two groups may be related to a combination of preoperative and intraoperative decisions as well as differences in technique.
Starr MR, Hsu J, Yonekawa Y, Mittra RA, Ryan C, Forbes NJ, Ammar M, Patel LG, Obeid A, Capone A Jr, Emerson GG, Joseph DP, Eliott D, Gupta OP, Regillo CD, Ryan EH; Primary Retinal Detachment Outcomes (PRO) Study Group. Surgical techniques for primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachments between surgeons with high versus low single surgery success rates. Acta Ophthalmol. 2021 Dec;99(8):e1501-e1508. doi: 10.1111/aos.14821. Epub 2021 Mar 15. PMID: 33720540.