Who Will Likely Benefit from the Stegmann Canal Expander®?

Most anyone who is a candidate for canaloplasty should also benefit from placement of the Stegmann Canal Expander®. At the time of this writing, however, only those outside of the USA can do so as the FDA has yet to approve this device.

Stegmann Canal Expander® – Summary

Canaloplasty already offers an impressive IOP lowering benefit with minimal risk to the patient with glaucoma. However, it is a technically challenging and time-consuming surgery to perform. The addition of the Stegmann Canal Expander® may provide even greater IOP lowering benefit. I am looking forward to future studies comparing canaloplasty with the Stegmann Canal Expander® to trabeculectomy. If, as I expect to be the case, there is no significant IOP lowering benefit with trabeculectomy but much greater risk with trabeculectomy, then it is my hope that more US-based surgeons will make the effort to learn this technique for the benefit of their patients.

About the Author: David Richardson, MD

Medical Director, San Marino Eye

David Richardson MD - Top Glaucoma SurgeonDavid Richardson, M.D. is widely recognized as one of the top cataract and glaucoma surgeons in the US and is among an elite group of glaucoma surgeons in the country performing the highly specialized canaloplasty procedure. Morever, Dr. Richardson is one of only a few surgeons in the greater Los Angeles area that performs Micropulse® "Cyclophotocoagulation" (MP3) glaucoma laser surgery. Dr. Richardson graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Southern California and earned his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center/ Doheny Institute. Dr. David Richardson is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Twice weekly, he treats veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System.

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