Vallarta Living | December 2009
|Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery in Puerto Vallarta
December 12, 2009
Can you say "Phacoemulsification?" Dr. Jose Antonio Rodriguez can not only pronounce it, he is the first board-certified ophthomologist in Puerto Vallarta to use this state-of-the-art cataract removal technology on cataract patients.
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Cataracts are a problem for approximately 50 percent of people over age 65. 70 percent of Americans aged 75 or more have their vision significantly impaired by cataracts. Cataracts can be caused by numerous factors, from diabetes to frequent exposure to bright sunlight.
In phacoemulsification cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a local anesthetic, cuts an opening in the cornea, then uses a minute ultrasonic probe to emulsify the cloudy lens, which is then aspirated from the eye and replaced with a clear, plastic lens. The "phaco probe" is an ultrasonic handpiece with a titanium or steel needle. The tip of the needle vibrates at ultrasonic frequency to sculpt and emulsify the cataract while the pump aspirates particles through the tip.
After removing the hard central lens nucleus with phacoemulsification, the softer outer lens cortex is removed with suction only. Aspirated fluids are replaced with an irrigation of salt solution. According to Dr. Rodriguez, this type of cataract surgery takes 20-30 minutes for each eye. An overnight stay in the hospital is routine. Complete recovery takes about two weeks.
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Patients can save up to 40 percent on what they'd pay for the identical surgery in the US. But, that's not all. "The doctors, hospitals and surgical techniques in Vallarta are on a par with US," says Dr. Rodriguez. My American patients discover that the technology is up-to-date with well-maintained surgical equipment and clean, sanitary facilities."
You don't have to have 20/20 vision to see that having eye surgery in Mexico - especially in Puerto Vallarta - is a win/win proposition.
To arrange a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez, call HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta at (322) 222-9638, 044-322-107-7007 and Nextel 145-6912 or send an email to info(at)healthcareresourcespv.com.
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Sources: Dr. Jose Antonio Rodriguez; AllAboutVision.com; DocShop.com; Wikipedia.com; MedicalNewsToday.com.
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