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Columbia Oklahoma Surgicare Buys Microprobe System

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Columbia Oklahoma Surgicare Buys Microprobe System

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Columbia Oklahoma Surgicare has acquired the Endo Optiks Microprobe Integrated Laser System -- a "cutting-edge" answer to glaucoma.

The microprobe combines a light source, high-resolution video camera and surgical laser into one probe, allowing physicians to perform the Endo Cyclo Photocoagulation procedure using one tiny incision in the eye.

"It can permanently correct problems associated with glaucoma and allow patients to lead normal, more healthy lives," noted Lindie Slater, administrator for the 13313 N. Meridian Ave. center, the first in the Sooner State to employ the $35,000 unit. With everything needed to perform the surgery combined into one probe, "the procedure is done more quickly and with less resulting trauma to the patient's eye," said Dr. William Dillon. And unlike more traditional treatments, "studies with the microprobe indicate that once the ciliary processes are treated, there is often no need for additional surgical procedures. Patients are often taken off their regular glaucoma medications or have their dosage significantly reduced." Originating from increased pressure within the eyeball, glaucoma causes impaired vision or total blindness by damaging the ocular nerve. It impacts an estimated 2 million Americans. Studies indicate procedures using the microprobe have a 90 percent success rate, as compared with 50-70 percent for traditional methods -- with none of the side effects traditional treatments cause. The probe has been used in about 5,000 procedures worldwide by the 135 units in the field. The Oklahoma City center -- which until told otherwise is retaining the "Columbia" name of its embattled parent, Columbia/HCA Healthcare -- acquired its microprobe this month after employing a borrowed unit from the manufacturer. Surgeons at the center have performed about 15 procedures with the units. …

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