Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cataract Surgery Suture Removal

Question: Is it generally acceptable to use a surgical instrument, in a doctor's office, that has not been autoclaved prior to removing a stitch that had been installed during earlier cataract surgery? And could doing so possibly be the cause of a resulting serious eye infection?

Answer: Generally, suture removal, if sutures are even used after Cataract Surgery is considered a clean but not sterile procedure. Thorough cleaning and alcohol swabbing are usually sufficient and the risk of infection is exceedingly low and further reduced by patients using topical antibiotics for a three day course after Cataract Surgery suture removal if there is any concern.

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