Medical firsts are expected in Boston, but they are not limited to
academic medical centers. Here's the proof: SurgiSite Boston (www.surgisiteboston.com)
- an eye surgery facility in Waltham MA - performed the first
laser-assisted cataract surgery in Massachusetts. This unique "first"
was performed by SurgiSite Medical Director Jonathan H. Talamo, MD in
December 2012. Dozens more 'bladeless cataract surgeries' - as they have
come to be known - have been performed successfully in the weeks since,
and both cataract surgeons and patients have raved about the speed,
safety and rapid recovery.
SurgiSite Boston, now in its seventh year, is a stunningly modern
ambulatory surgery center that is used by 70 ophthalmologists from
throughout the region. It was created by Andrew Gillies, MD, President
of SurgiSite Boston, and Jay S. Duker, MD, Director of New England Eye
Center at Tufts Medical Center. SurgiSite aims to best serve both
patients and physicians by acting quickly to adopt new technologies and
create a comfortable, accessible environment for treatment.
The Catalys® Precision Laser system (www.optimedica.com)
"is the result of unprecedented advances in image-guided laser eye
surgery. It is gentle and patient-friendly, causing little or no
discomfort while performing key steps of cataract surgery with superb
precision and accuracy," according to Dr. Talamo who was pleased to be
among the first in the nation - certainly the first in Boston - to use
the Catalys system in the operating room.
"This new technology is transforming cataract surgery from less of an
art, heavily dependent on individual manual dexterity, to more of a
science," Dr. Talamo said. "This should lead to new and more reliable
ways that we, as eye surgeons, approach this disease."
The laser system has innovative features to create a breakthrough system
for cataract surgery. Clinical studies have shown the laser is
approximately 10 times more accurate than incisions made by hand. It
borrows ideas from the now mature LASIK surgery systems that reshape the
cornea to correct vision. Dr. Samir Melki, a Boston LASIK surgeon, says
bladeless cataract surgery is a natural extension. "Catalys has taken a
very good instrument and made it even better and more useful," he said.
SurgiSite Boston is located at 1440 Main Street in
Waltham, MA. Patients interested in having their surgery at SurgiSite
Boston must be referred to a surgeon on staff. Physicians interested in
using the facility should contact Business Manager Pamela Major at
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