ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010. Grenadians requiring cataract removal surgery will no longer have to travel overseas, as the service is now being offered at the General Hospital in St. George’s. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Health Minister, Sen. the Hon. Ann Peters, during government’s weekly post-cabinet press briefing.
According to Minister Peters, the newly installed Alcon Infinity Vision System, which cost the Grenada Government $US60, 000.00 is a modern state-of-the-art piece of technology.
The machine, which is the only one of its kind in the region, uses laser technology instead of invasive surgery. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete a cataract removal operation.
“This, no doubt, will be of tremendous benefit to our people. There will be no need for sutures, autoclaving of instruments, neither will patients have to remain at the hospital overnight, plus it will dramatically reduce surgical waiting time and the overall cost to the hospital,” explained Senator Peters.
She said the investment in the machine is an indication that the Ministry of Health is delivering on its promise of improving the delivery of healthcare services to the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Health officials are optimistic that the new “no-stitch cataract extraction surgery apparatus’’ will provide an opportunity for Grenada to kick-start its “health-tourism” product by attracting various Caribbean nationals seeking cataract surgery.
The American Eye Center (AEC), the leading ambulatory eye surgical facility in the United States, has said that the Alcon Infiniti Vision System provides the latest modes of cataract lens extraction using high performance ultrasound hand-pieces.
The System, the AEC adds, allows the eye surgeon to gently break the clouded lens into tiny pieces, while replacing aspirated fluid and lens material with balanced salt solution.
It is intended for use in small incision cataract lens removal, thus allowing eye doctors to perform safe, fast and sutureless or "no-stitch" cataract surgery within 15 minutes. All these are done under eye drop anesthesia, eliminating the need for hospitalization.