Hypersonic vitrectomy for retinal reattachment surgical procedure


Retinal detachment has at all times been a tough pathology to handle.1,2 Although it’s a comparatively uncommon illness with an incidence of 1 in 10,000, it’s a sight-threatening situation. In tertiary care services, the prevalence of retinal detachments accounts for a big proportion of the operative effort.3 The three essential methods for the remedy of a retinal detachment are scleral buckling,4–9 pars plana vitrectomy (PPV)10–12 and pneumatic retinopexy.13 Vitrectomy must be favored for retinal reattachment surgical procedure if there’s vitreous traction like in PVR14 or PDVR15 instances.16,17

The Vitesse vitrector is a novel system from Bausch + Lomb GmbH (St. Louis, MO, USA) that makes use of hypersonic know-how as an alternative of conventional pneumatic guillotine slicing for vitreous elimination.18 In 2017, the primary in-human research utilizing Vitesse was performed in India and delivered promising outcomes.19 Quickly after, the system was authorized by the FDA and CE and choose surgeons started to function with the system and gather additional scientific experiences.

The primary goal of this research was to judge the protection and efficacy of the Vitesse hypersonic vitrectomy system for retinal reattachment surgical procedure in proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) or proliferative diabetic vitreoretinopathy (PDVR) instances.

Supplies and Strategies

This potential, one-armed, non-comparative, open-label research was authorized by the Ethic Committee of the College Hospital Frankfurt (E115/20) and was carried out in accordance with the moral requirements as laid down within the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. It was registered within the German Medical Trials Register (DRKS00026046).

The College Hospital Division of Ophthalmology in Frankfurt was given the chance to be the primary in Germany to conduct a scientific research utilizing Vitesse. Two vitreoretinal surgeons – a main surgeon and an assistant surgeon – accomplished all instances collectively, viewing by means of stereoscopic commentary methods of the microscope. They have been required to finish an internet coaching previous to working with Vitesse. The background, machine settings and surgical methods have been mentioned. Every case was carried out along with a Medical & Utility Specialist from Bausch + Lomb to search out optimum machine settings for every requirement.

Vitesse is used at the side of plastic cannulas as an alternative of normal titanium cannulas as a result of the hypersonic know-how prevents the system from getting used with steel cannulas. General, decrease vacuum volumes of vitreous are crucial when utilizing Vitesse (0–150 mmHg) in comparison with conventional vitrectomy (200–600 mmHg). A vibrating single lumen needle (0–60 micrometers at 28.5 kHz) shears the vitreous physique on the fringe of the repeatedly open port and the liquified materials is extracted. That is in reverse to conventional gold-standard guillotine methods that include a double lumen system for slicing and aspirating and subsequently should aspirate vitreous into the lumen the place the slicing takes place. Determine 1 exhibits the Vitesse system in use.

Determine 1 Vitesse system in use, as seen in the fitting hand of the surgeon.

Right here, we concentrate on the 16 instances the place hypersonic vitrectomy was used for reattachment of indifferent retina in sufferers with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) or proliferative diabetic vitreoretinopathy (PDVR) in an inpatient setting. All sufferers have been knowledgeable concerning the research, and written knowledgeable consent was obtained previous to inclusion.

The efficacy of the Vitesse liquefaction method was recorded each subjectively utilizing a questionnaire, which the surgeon stuffed out after every case, and objectively by the use of Supplementary Video documentation of the operation with an analysis of the length of the operation, the strategy of vitrectomy (eg, if carried out utilizing early fluid–air change to finish vitreous elimination beneath air), the protection of the process (as outlined by the complication price, incarceration of vitreous, and extreme retinal traction), and the system settings.

All research sufferers have been seen for follow-up postoperatively. The primary follow-up go to was accomplished 2 days after surgical procedure date and previous to discharge. All sufferers have been scheduled for a 1-month follow-up go to. As customary process, sufferers who obtained a silicone oil tamponade have been scheduled for oil elimination 2 months postoperatively, excluding those that on account of their scientific image required extended oil tamponade. All sufferers have been scheduled for a 3-month follow-up go to.


Sixteen sufferers with retinal detachment on account of both PVR or PDVR underwent pars plana vitrectomy and all procedures have been carried out by 2 retinal surgeons collectively. Sufferers have been categorised based on illness severity utilizing the classification system of the Retina Society 1983 and the Kroll Classification from 2007.14,15,20 Please see Desk 1.

Desk 1 Affected person Classification Utilizing the Retina Society 1983 Classification and Kroll Classification from 2007

Vitesse Know-how and Machine Settings in Retinal Reattachment Surgical procedure

Desk 2 shows the everyday machine settings chosen for retinal reattachment surgical procedure based mostly on our case experiences to this point. Relating to stroke size, for main core vitrectomy, it was helpful to work with a stroke of roughly 60 µm. If the vitreous was nonetheless hooked up and a PVD was required, stroke was diminished. It was suggested by the surgeons to start out with zero stroke and enhance it as much as 60 µm if crucial. Relating to vacuum strain, in most retinal detachment situations a vacuum strain round 100–120 mmHg was used. If the affected person was younger or had a pathological adherent vitreous (for instance, in PVR instances in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment) we discovered it to be adventitious to cut back the vacuum strain to about 40 mmHg. Lastly, relating to fluid–air change, a vacuum of roughly 120 mmHg was required to be as efficient with Vitesse as with a guillotine cutter.

Desk 2 Typical Vitesse Machine Parameters in Our Setting with a Twin Linear Foot Pedal for Retinal Reattachment Surgical procedure

In Determine 2 and Supplementary Video , examples of retinal reattachment surgical procedure with Vitesse are offered. Within the higher right-hand nook of each Determine 2 and Supplementary Video , parameters and system settings are listed.

Determine 2 Elimination of residual vitreous (earlier than silicone oil fill) beneath air utilizing the Vitesse system.

Outcomes of the Postoperative Questionnaire

The case-specific outcomes of the postoperative questionnaire accomplished by surgeons are displayed in Desk 3. Out of 16 instances, 3 issues have been famous. All have been associated to the instability of the plastic cannulas, as described in Limitations and Problems. Vitreous traction was noticed in a single case (PVR D1) on account of lack of ability to chop vitreous however with none related retinal harm or break. After performing a fluid–air change, the surgeon was in a position to full the vitrectomy efficiently. In 7 of 16 instances, surgeons reported on the postsurgical questionnaire that utilizing Vitesse felt extra time-consuming than the process would have been with a guillotine cutter. Common case time was 1 hour 20 minutes, and the time diverse relying on the problem of the case (min 0:40 and max 2:54).

Desk 3 Outcomes from Case-Particular Postoperative Questionnaire

Air fill in eyes with incomplete vitreous elimination was useful for higher visualization and for stabilization of cellular retina. Due to this fact, in 6 of 16 instances, early fluid–air change was carried out and elimination of the vitreous base was accomplished with none collapse of the attention or choroidal or retinal bleeding. All instances have been carried out utilizing hypersonic vitrectomy, and surgeons didn’t have to change to a guillotine cutter to complete the process in any instances.

Staining of the clear vitreous both from beforehand current bleeding or from triamcinolone crystals injected into the vitreous cavity was useful for a extra satisfactory evaluation of the progress of vitreous liquefaction.

With Vitesse, trimming again of necrotic tissue on the fringe of a retinal tear in addition to the focused elimination of a tear flap was managed in all instances with out the chance of uncontrolled and/or in depth tissue discount. The maneuver needed to be adjusted based mostly on particular tissue density: subretinal fluid was drained with a stroke size of 0, comfortable swollen retina required stroke size between 20 and 40 µm, and dense fibrovascular tissue was eliminated with stroke size between 40 and 60 µm. This was mixed with a vacuum degree of 40–120 mmHg.

Unintentional iatrogenic enlargement of a retinal tear was not detected in any of our instances. In a single case, a bigger retinectomy was required. This could possibly be carried out exactly with Vitesse by liquefying the retina with a stroke size between 20 and 40 µm and a vacuum degree of 20–120mmHg with out unintentional elimination of wholesome tissue.

Postoperative Observe-Up

Depending on the PVR/PDVR staging and the quantity of efforts to reattach the retina, a gasoline tamponade could possibly be used as vitreous tamponade in 3 eyes (one case with PDVR A, one with PDVR B and one with PVR A). These sufferers all had ophthalmologic findings inside regular limits on the 1-month follow-up go to. The opposite 13 obtained silicone oil tamponade. Out of the 13 sufferers who obtained silicone oil tamponade, 9 oil elimination postoperatively. For these sufferers, on the preliminary 1-month follow-up go to, no adversarial occasions as iatrogenic retinal holes and retinal redetachment associated to the Vitesse procedure18 have been famous and oil elimination was carried out at 2-months postoperatively. At a 3-month follow-up put up preliminary surgical procedure, all eyes have been secure. The opposite 4 affected person eyes that originally obtained silicone oil required extended silicone oil tamponade on account of their illness severity.

Not one of the sufferers had a watch strain enhance or hypotony after surgical procedure within the first follow-up go to earlier than discharge. On the 1-month follow-up go to, 3 sufferers had a barely elevated intraocular strain, which could possibly be managed with topical anti-glaucoma remedy. After these 3 sufferers underwent silicone oil elimination, their intraocular strain decreased again to regular ranges with out further remedy. Not one of the sufferers developed any indicators of irritation or endophthalmitis postoperatively. Not one of the adversarial occasions famous have been suspected to be associated to hypersonic vitrectomy.

Limitations and Challenges of Hypersonic Vitrectomy

As a result of hypersonic method, plastic cannulas are essential to keep away from friction steel (handpiece) to steel (trocar).18 One commentary famous early on within the research was the dearth of stability of the plastic cannulas. In 3 instances, this instability was particularly highlighted within the postoperative questionnaire accomplished by the surgeon. In 2 instances, 1 cannula was extruded and needed to be re-inserted into the attention. Within the different case, the cannula was solely partially extruded and could possibly be changed. After these 3 preliminary cases of instability, our heart obtained a brand new cargo of cannulas with a brand new lot quantity. With the brand new cannulas, one further case of instability was skilled throughout a surgical procedure in a watch with a deep eye socket.

Relating to the Vitesse system, out of 16 instances, there was just one occasion of clinically related traction, but it surely was with out secondary issues (eg, retinal tear).

Vitesse had the potential to create undesirable vitreous pearls (dehydrated vitreous strands) in entrance of the goal because of a non-optimized mixture of aspiration and stroke. In our instances, this could possibly be resolved by adjusting the aspiration-stroke-setup to the particular tissue density as described above. Desk 4 features a abstract of the constraints, benefits, and doable options of the usage of Vitesse for hypersonic vitrectomy.

Desk 4 Benefits and Limitations of Hypersonic Vitrectomy for Retinal Reattachment Surgical procedure


Hypersonic vitrectomy is a novel innovation within the subject of vitreoretinal surgical procedure and offers a substitute for the normal pneumatic guillotine cutter methodology. Prior analysis on the usage of hypersonic vitrectomy with Vitesse has proven comparable promising outcomes relating to the protection and effectivity of the system.19,21,22 Stanga et al19 printed the primary human research utilizing Vitesse on 20 affected person eyes in India. On this research, surgeons have been in a position to efficiently carry out peripheral vitrectomy in 18 of 20 affected person eyes utilizing hypersonic vitrectomy. In one of many two unsuccessful makes an attempt, the surgeon switched to a guillotine cutter system to finish the surgical procedure. Blinder et al21 printed a case collection in the USA together with 64 human eyes that underwent hypersonic vitrectomy. This research reported that in 9 of 64 instances, vitrectomy couldn’t be accomplished fully utilizing the Vitesse system and that the surgeon switched to a pneumatic guillotine cutter through the process. Romano et al22 carried out a potential, multicentric, interventional research on 50 eyes utilizing hypersonic vitrectomy. On this research, 70% of the instances could possibly be completed utilizing hypersonic power solely, in 30% the vitrectomy was completed switching to a guillotine cutter.

We have been in a position to make the most of Vitesse for retinal reattachment surgical procedure in PVR or PDVR instances for the whole lot of all 16 instances and at no level required conversion to the pneumatic guillotine cutter. In 1 out of 16 instances, there was an occasion of clinically related traction seen by the surgeon, however with out secondary issues. Stanga et al reported 2 retinal tears19 and 1 out of 64 instances developed an iatrogenic retinal break in Blinder’s research.21 In Romano’s research two iatrogenic retinal breaks appeared.22 Stanga et al carried out no retinal reattachment surgical procedures with Vitesse and Blinder reported 23 instances. On this case, all retinal detachments could possibly be efficiently reattached with hypersonic vitrectomy and repeat PPV was required for recurrent retinal detachment in 2 sufferers. Romano et al carried out surgical procedure on 4 retinal detachments out of fifty instances.

In Blinder’s postoperative questionnaire, surgeons reported for 52% of instances that hypersonic vitrectomy was extra advantageous relative to the pneumatic guillotine cutter, and in addition highlighted its capability to carry out easy peripheral shaving on the vitreous base.

Stanga et al reported within the first scientific instances that vitreous strands have been current within the majority of instances.19 This was higher managed in Blinder’s and Romano’s research, which reported difficulties in slicing the vitreous and the presence of vitreous strands in solely 13percent21 respectively in 10percent22 of instances. With ongoing additional scientific research and machine parameter variations, this concern could also be minimized.

As described above, the Vitesse system is protected to make use of for vitrectomy. In 43.8% of instances with vitreous traction, surgeons famous of their postoperative surveys that it gave the impression to be extra time-consuming to make use of for an entire vitrectomy than the guillotine cutter. The common time of process was 1 hour 20 min. Because of variations in case severity, process size couldn’t be objectively verified. There are two doable causes for this probably lengthier course of. First, the method would possibly certainly take longer or second, and the motion of liquifying is smoother in a means such that not all responses are seen to the surgeon or observer.

A fluid–air change might be carried out with Vitesse at any level through the liquefaction process as soon as there’s a core cavity created. Hypersonic vitrectomy know-how makes a vitrectomy beneath air within the vitreous each environment friendly and protected concurrently. In 37.5% of all instances, a vitrectomy beneath air with Vitesse was carried out. All of those instances ran easily and resulted in no issues (eg, bleeding or eye collapse).

Full vitrectomy is essential for retinal reattachment surgical procedure, particularly in additional cumbersome instances with PVR/PDVR exercise. Right here, well-defined retinotomies, stress-free incisions, and retinectomies should be carried out exactly. Moreover, satisfactory vitreous base shaving is a requirement previous to performing a brief silicone oil fill, which helps to stop recurrence of PVR. Due to this fact, the protection and efficacy profile for dissecting vitreous and necrotic retinal tissue from important retina utilizing Vitesse will play a pronounced function.

With extra expertise utilizing Vitesse, the person is ready to finesse the right mixture of low aspiration and tailored stroke size parameters to the tissue. This enables the surgeon to finish the vitreous liquefaction extra utterly and with much less issues. Nonetheless, the person should be conscious that in retinal detachment instances with dense, tractive vitreous, the whole elimination of the vitreous could possibly be extra time-consuming. The tip of the Vitesse system continues to be refined for effectivity and optimum outcomes based mostly on suggestions from surgeons utilizing the system.

General, the usage of hypersonic know-how permits to method many procedural steps in retinal reattachment surgical procedure in a modified means adjusted to the person pathology. As use and analysis pertaining to Vitesse continues, this hypersonic know-how has the potential to change into extra broadly utilized in vitreous surgical procedure, particularly if the protection profile will increase whereas sustaining or enhancing effectivity.