Surgeons from around the world frequently email me asking to come visit my operating room to watch surgery. In the OR, an observer would only be able to see a limited amount — just the view of the room and the video monitor showing the microscope view. You can see the room view in this video and the microscope view is what we normally share here on CataractCoach.
Our standards for cataract surgery are very high — this is the highest level of care and it is exactly how I would want surgery done on my own eyes. The staff members are excellent and they work at a relaxed but efficient pace. The total time to clean the room, set up everything, do the time-out, prep & drape the patient, complete the surgery, and then prepare for the next case is about 15 minutes. This is about the same pace as previous posts about cycle time that we featured here in the past. In the morning shown here, we completed 10 cataract cases by 9:30am with a start time of 6:30am, and that included two complex cases which required more time. Again, remember that it is not about speed — but rather being in the state of flow where efficiency is natural. Tomorrow I will post the microscope view of the the actual surgery shown here.
Watch this video and you can see exactly what happens in my OR before, during, and after surgery: