Volume 1, Issue 5, December 2013, Page: 63-69
Learning Curve of a Trainee Ophthalmologist in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery: A Self-Appraisal
Emmanuel Olu Megbelayin, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria
Ashok Rangarajan, shok Rangarajan, FRCS, Sankara Eye Hospital, Sankara Nagar, Pammal, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Sreedhar Pindikura, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, General Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria
Received: Nov. 13, 2013;       Published: Dec. 10, 2013
DOI: 10.11648/j.js.20130105.11      View  3503      Downloads  262
Purpose: To appraise the learning pattern in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) of a trainee ophthalmologist. Setting: Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal, Chennai, India. Design: Retrospective study. Methods: Case files of patients who underwent MSICS during the training were reviewed. Surgical complications, nucleus density, extent of supervisors’ intervention in surgeries and visual acuity were either tabulated or graphically presented. Two-way ANOVA and multiple regressions were used to compare dependent variables. Results: There were 123 eyes of 123 patients {males 49 (39.8%), females 74 (60.2%)}. The mean age was 63.19 + 6.6 years with a range of 40-80 years. The worst post-operative visual acuity (VA) was in the first month of training. With an overall complication rate of 30.9%, posterior capsular rent (PCR) was most prevalent in eyes operated in the first month of training (3 of 18 eyes, 16.7%). Supervisors’ intervention in surgeries was highest in the first month of training and declined as training progressed. Fischer’s Exact test for intraoperative complications and extents of supervision showed a statistically significant (P = 0.012). Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that density of nucleus was statistically significant (P = 0.02). Conclusions: Three months appear sufficient for learning the surgical rudiments of MSICS for a trainee with a modest competence in Extra-capsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE), especially if surgeries are performed on a continuous basis during the period.
Cataract, MSICS, Trainee Ophthalmologist, Learning Curve
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Emmanuel Olu Megbelayin, Ashok Rangarajan, Sreedhar Pindikura, Learning Curve of a Trainee Ophthalmologist in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery: A Self-Appraisal, Journal of Surgery. Vol. 1, No. 5, 2013, pp. 63-69. doi: 10.11648/j.js.20130105.11
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