Cowabunga – when DCR surgery collides with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

HomeBlogCowabunga – when DCR surgery collides with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I loved the TMNT when I was growing up. How cool is Michaelangelo? His weapon of choice is the Nunchaku. This is a weapon that no clear minded, sensible individual (*as in theatre scrub nurse), would ever let me near. So here is what I get to use: the new Nunchaku tube from FCI (distributed in Australia by Spectrum Surgical).

These tiny tubes are inserted into the tear ducts at the completion of dacryocystorhinostomy surgery in both adults and children. DCR surgery is indicated for nasolacrimal duct obstruction which causes watery eyes. By using the tubes, the already favourable success rates of DCR surgery are improved from approximately 90% to about 95%. I favour these over the older Crawford tubes or O’Donohue tubes because of the easier insertion and later removal. With the Nunchaku tubes removal is a painless procedure, which takes about two seconds and is done in rooms about three months after surgery.

If you have a watery eye, I would be happy to assess your need for DCR surgery.

Dr Tai Smith - Nunchaku Tube


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