OBJECTIVE: To compare the surgical outcomes and early postoperative complications of Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implantation performed by residents with those performed by attending physicians.
METHODS: This is a retrospective, case-control study. Data were gathered from chart reviews of consecutive cases of AGV model FP7 implantation between January 2014 and July 2017. Postoperative 1-year results of patients who had at least 3 months follow-up were evaluated.
RESULTS: One hundred and forty-four eyes of 144 patients were included in this study: 72 patients in the resident group, and 72 age- and sex-matched patients in the attending group. Hyphema and shallow anterior chamber were significantly more common in the resident group vs. attending group (25% vs. 2.8% and 19.4% vs. 7.0%;
CONCLUSION: Resident-performed AGV surgery lowered IOP, similar to attending-performed surgery. More frequent complications were observed in the resident group, which might be due to the predominance of NVG in this group.
Ustaoglu, Melih; Huynh, Hugh; Esin, Sharmenie; Shukla, Aakriti Garg; and Razeghinejad, Reza, "Can trainees perform Ahmed glaucoma valve surgery as effectively as attendings?" (2022). Wills Eye Hospital Papers. Paper 154.
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