There is some resistance among surgeons to learn a new technique because of the learning curve. For surgeons who are doing divide and conquer, it is a good technique, but I assure you that if you learn phaco chop, you’ll never go back. This video shows a resident learning to do phaco chop but instead of starting with chopping, the resident does a 4 quadrant divide and conquer technique first and then performs phaco chop on each quadrant (making it two 1/8 pieces). The advantage here is that there is no downside because if the chop is not successful, each quadrant can simply be emulsified in the standard divide-and-conquer method.
We are having another video contest for young surgeons in training. Full details are available at this link here. Your video can be anything original, maximum length of 3 minutes, do a voiceover, do not use copyrighted music in the background, make sure it is actual high definition and in focus, and only one video per surgeon. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2023 and the video competition will be hosted live on June 15, 2023. Full details by clicking the pic below.