2010-03-26 / Community

PHC Acquires Cataract Surgery Technology

Mark Gelwan, M.D., (left) and Pat Eidt RN, Director of Perioperative Services at Peninsula Hospital Center (right) with the new surgical technology. Mark Gelwan, M.D., (left) and Pat Eidt RN, Director of Perioperative Services at Peninsula Hospital Center (right) with the new surgical technology. Peninsula Hospital Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of the most advanced state of the art cataract surgery system. The Amo Whitestar Signature Series offers advantages over previous systems by allowing combined computer and surgeon control of energy, flow and suction during surgery. The new system is completely controlled by the surgeon’s foot pedal during surgery with the computer monitoring changes in the eye actively during the surgery and making the necessary adjustments. This slows for faster and safer surgery because less energy is used to dissolve the cataract in addition to the right amount of fluid and suction so as not to disturb the other delicate parts of the eye. “Faster, safer surgery yields faster recovery and better results,” says Mark J. Gelwan, M.D., Ophthalmologist.

Gelwan uses this new system at Peninsula Hospital Center and, in order to enable the nurses, medical students and anesthesiologists to provide an even greater level of care to the patients, he personally donated a new operating microscope live video system. This video system serves as a compliment to the Amo Whitestar Signature Series technology and allows the nurses to more actively participate in the surgical procedure. It also allows the OR staff to anticipate the needs of the surgeon as well as the needs of the patient during the surgical procedure. Gelwan specializes in Advanced Anterior Segment Eye Surgery including Advanced Cataract and Implant Surgery, Glaucoma Filtration and Valve Surgery, Full Thickness Corneal Transplant Surgery, LASIK and Refractive Surgery. “I am very pleased that the Hospital Center has made this technology available so that I can offer this to my patients,” explained Gelwan.

Allen Orby, vice president of Operations at Peninsula Hospital Center, is delighted to have this cutting edge technology available in the Rockaways. “It has always been the mission of the Hospital Center to bring the latest in technology to the Rockaways and this acquisition is another major step in doing so.”

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