Saying Goodbye to the Alcon Infiniti

Upgrading from the Alcon Infiniti is seamless and capital expense-free with Surgical Direct

Recently, Alcon officially announced via customer letters their plans to phase out the production of parts, tubing packs, and supplies that support their 20 year old phaco platform, the Alcon Infiniti Vision System.

The Alcon Infiniti has proven to be a dependable and reliable phaco machine that many ophthalmologists still use and trust for surgery. With the recent announcement that tubing packs will be manufactured at a significantly limited scale until 2023 (at which point they will be discontinued), the Alcon Infiniti era is coming to a close, and soon Ophthalmologists and surgical suites will be forced to upgrade to newer platforms.

Upgrading To Alcon Centurion Has Big Benefits

Infiniti’s successor, the Alcon Centurion, was released in 2013 and introduced some of the biggest phaco technology upgrades we’ve seen in decades.

1) Active Fluidics

Sensor-directed plates that control the flow of fluid in the system (instead of traditional gravity fluidics) dramatically increases the safety of the procedure. Active fluidics allows for constant IOP thresholds that are monitored by the nano-second and auto adjusts while the surgeon works. This makes the operation environment “quiet” and safe.

2) Balanced Tip Technology

The balanced tip (only available for use with the Centurion) harnesses the Torsional power of the tip in a different way, dispersing the energy in a more efficient way. What does this mean? This means that the energy used in each case is more effective. Even at lowered power outputs, the “Balanced Tip” can cut more efficiently, reducing overall power outputs into eye significantly on each case.

3) Surgical Experience Enhancements

The wireless foot pedal, a dynamic and user-friendly GUI, and adjustable everything all work together to create the surgical experience of using the Centurion far superior from the Infiniti.
The above 3 just scratch the surface…

Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service allows you to gain immediate access to Alcon Centurion (or any other phaco technology) without spending a dime of your capital. Here’s a quick list of benefits:

  1. Save your capital to spend on other (more lucrative) specialties
  2. Gain access to the latest cataract technology right away
  3. Save on repairs and maintenance plans
  4. You only get billed when you have cases
  5. Outfit more rooms (2-3 room days) without purchasing a single piece of equipment.

This just scratches the surface of benefits of outsourcing with Surgical Direct.

Now is the time to consider upgrading from the Alcon Infiniti.

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Stop Dealing with Phaco Repairs

As an OR administrator, whether in a hospital or ASC setting, keeping your facility’s functional operations (admin, supply chain, and required surgical equipment) running smoothly is high priority. Smooth operations equate to better patient care. Efficient operations equate to happier patients and surgeons. Better patient care and happier surgeons keep your OR busy and healthy, which keeps your revenues steady.

But the truth is, the unexpected is bound to happen. Regardless of all our planning and preparation (and systems), surgery days don’t always go as planned. As an administrator, you can’t prevent all delays, equipment failures, or unforeseen circumstances that come up. All you can do is prepare your best for what your action plan will be when these things happen.

Equipment failure is a major obstacle and momentum disruptor.

At Surgical Direct, we know cataract surgery. So let us speak to that specifically. If you own your own cataract equipment (Phaco machines, Phaco Handpieces, and Ophthalmic Microscopes), equipment failure is bad news. Equipment failure on eye day typically means that cases have to be canceled and rescheduled. This does not help your reputation with patients and surgeons alike. Repairs then have to be called in and scheduled, which can happen fairly swiftly, but not always. Not only has your OR lost revenue from canceling the surgeries, but now you have accrued (often costly) repair expenses.

Outsourcing your cataract equipment with Surgical Direct eliminates equipment related cancellations and repair costs.

3 ways Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service brings peace of mind in this area: 

  1.  Our equipment is fully maintained up to manufacture specifications, enrolled in PM plans and routine software updates per manufacture recommendations.
  2. We provide backup equipment in case any issues arise. Every surgery day with Surgical Direct comes with backup machines so case cancellations are minimized as much as possible.
  3. Your facility will no longer need to worry about unexpected repair costs or costly preventative maintenance plans.

We’ve created a service that provides peace-of-mind in your OR when it comes to Cataract Surgery.

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations across the country. Our Mobile Cataract Service model allows your facility to pivot from high-focused and time-consuming admin operations, to a tested, trusted, hands-off approach of hosting cataracts surgery in your facility.

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Cataract Surgery Operations Management

How Valuable Is Your Peace of Mind?

Peace of mind…we are all after it. We all excel at a higher level when we know that everything is as it should be. We perform better surgery. We provide better patient care. We contribute more to the good of society. We are better human beings. The list goes on.

As with any surgery, administrative and logistical details (prior to and during) cataract surgery cannot be taken lightly and need adequate time, planning, and attention for success. Any OR administrator (or business leader for that matter) will tell you that streamlining your operational systems is a sure-fire way to raise efficiency and reduce stress.
Surgical Direct Inc provides a mobile cataract service that provides the latest cataract equipment to your OR with no capital outlay. Along with equipment provisions, we provide customized and flexible case supplies (eliminating in-house inventory) and provide highly trained cataract technicians for every cataract case in your OR.

Mobile Cataract Services with Surgical Direct provides:

• Surgery Day Stability

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings surgery day stability to your OR. We meticulously pack equipment and supplies for the day with ample amounts of backups and a “can-do” attitude. Our technicians come ready for whatever the day brings, are trained to troubleshoot equipment, help with turnover, and provide additional intra-op assistance when called upon.

• Capital Investment & Ongoing Expense Relief

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct eliminates the need to spend your capital dollars on cataract equipment. This includes Phaco technology, microscopes, hand-pieces, instruments, and disposable supplies. Additionally, if you don’t purchase the equipment, you won’t have to pay for repairs and maintenance contracts either. Plus, allowing SDI to take over your supply and lens inventory saves your team hours of inventory and reduces PO count dramatically.

• Extra Levels of Safety

Using old equipment for surgery could be a risk. Not only is the technology outdated, but the possibility of equipment failure is higher. New Phaco technology provides higher/more efficient cut rates, fluidics, and safety features. Plus, all our machines are manufacture-maintained and up to date at all times. Safety always comes first at Surgical Direct.

• Flexibility for the Future

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings a level of flexibility to your OR that you would not have on your own. We provide the opportunity for surgeons to be flexible with their equipment preferences (eg. trying a new technology). Or perhaps you have another surgeon that would like to operate in your facility but does not prefer the equipment you have. Having the option to provide multiple surgeons with their preferences in equipment without spending large amounts of capital is a benefit that should not be overlooked. 

• Open Doors for Expansion.

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct opens expansion opportunities that perhaps were not possible before. Opening a second room (fully outfitted with all the equipment you need) is simple. Expanding our service to other locations you’re connected with is as simple as letting us know who to talk to. If you want to grow, Surgical Direct is the expansion partner you need to talk to. 

We’ve found that for many of our partners, after transitioning to the outsourcing model, have dramatically increased their ‘Peace of Mind’ and have built more successful and efficient cataract surgery programs in their ORs. And it’s not just administrators, surgeons love us too ;). But don’t just take our word for it, read through our reviews. 

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Expand Your Reach With Satellite Locations

Business stability is a universal goal in today’s market as our society continues to navigate new normals and the ever-changing landscape of running a business. This is true no matter what sector of business you find yourself in. Taking steps towards creating a more stable business model should be at the forefront of every business owner’s mind.

When running a medical practice, stability in your business can be directly tied to patient volumes and services (how busy your practice is). More directly, as an Ophthalmologist, this can be directly tied to your referral sources. The more sources of referrals you have, the potential for stability in your practice increases.

Have you ever considered Satellite Cataract Surgery?

Satellite Surgery programs allow you to gain referrals from OD practices in rural areas and can potentially add a healthy volume of surgery from a market that isn’t in your practice’s direct reach. But more than just a referral, satellite surgery provides significant benefits to patients, giving them surgical access in their area. Reducing travel needs for the patient can provide a higher opt-in rate for surgery, especially when considering elective surgery.

Getting started with a satellite surgery program is often the hardest part. First, you must find a location, referral sources, an OR, cataract equipment….just to name a few.

Surgical Direct makes starting a Satellite Cataract Program much easier.

1) We help you find a market

Whether you already have a market in mind or not, Surgical Direct plays an active role in helping you get connected in the market you want to be in. If you don’t have a market in mind, we may already have interested parties in areas you could consider.

2) We help connect you with referring ODs

A big piece of the Satellite Surgery puzzle is healthy referral relationships. Oftentimes, we already have connections with referring OD practices in the area that we can connect you to. If we do not have any previous connections, we will do the legwork in finding some.

3) We connect you with local OR possibilities.

Similar to referrals, we may already have a center (hospital or ASC) interested in hosting cataracts that do not have a local cataract surgeon. If we don’t have pre-existing connections in the area, we will find some and connect the dots for you.

4) We outfit the OR.

Once we’ve established a location, Surgical Direct provides the latest in cataract technology for your satellite OR. This includes phaco machines, microscopes, ancillary supplies, lenses, and more. Operate with the equipment and supplies you are comfortable with no matter where you are.

5) We assist on every case.

Arriving early for surgery day with all the equipment, supplies, lenses, and backups of everything, our highly trained technicians stand ready to help surgeons and the OR alike with the in-and-out operations of the day. This includes technical support, help with turnover, supply assistance, and more.

Read more about our Mobile Cataract Service provisions here.

Our mission is to create a more seamless cataract surgery experience and open the doors to new opportunities for your practice. Location is no longer an issue. We create a pathway to help your practice to become more stable.

Have questions? Click or call today to get a conversation in motion about Satellite Cataract Services with Surgical Direct.

Together is a better way forward!

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Thinking about Office-Based Cataract Surgery?

Office-Based Surgery (OBS) has seen a rapid spike in interest since the Covid-19 pandemic halted elective surgeries in 2020. Ophthalmologists are among the interested, in fact, many have been beginning to take steps to pursue OBS for cataracts, not only because of Covid-19, but due to the cost-effectiveness, seamless patient care, and full control over the surgical experience.

Covid-19 has created an interesting situation for medical facilities, who now have to adhere to increased safety regulations and policies (as they should to keep public health safe). Managing social distancing and patient flow can be complex in these environments. Especially in the context of elective surgery, having another surgical alternative, both for safety reasons and convenience, may hold great benefits.

OBS offers great benefits to surgeons by offering safety and convenience to the surgeon, reduced anesthesia utilization, and higher retention of surgical fees within the practice. Ophthalmologists will not be able to fully move away from ASC (or Hospital) surgery as some cases will require additional monitoring, etc. But for a healthy percentage of cases in most practice demographics, OBS for cataracts is now a very attractive option.

Here’s a great article from Ophthalmology Management, discussing the many facets of OBS for cataracts, comparisons to ASC surgery, and more…

Surgical Direct Inc can help office-based cataract surgery become a reality for your practice.

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Services allows you to gain access to today’s latest technology without investing in upfront capital. We provide a wide selection of phaco platforms, ophthalmic microscopes, ancillary supplies, lens consignments, and highly-trained hands-on support for every case you operate with us.

Working with us…

  1. Eliminates capital budget expenses on cataract equipment
  2. Increases your technology flexibility (switch or upgrade platforms easily)
  3. Eliminates maintenance costs
  4. Reduces in-house inventory management for surgical supplies (we bring it all)
  5. Allows access to any lens you need (we’ll handle the consignments)
  6. Increases the level of support you have during surgery (our technicians provide high-quality support, assisting surgeons with equipment settings and your staff with room turnover.)

OBS isn’t right for everyone, but if you are considering pursuing office-based cataract surgery, we are the partnership that you’ve been looking for.

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The SDI Upgrade Program: Infiniti to Centurion

Are you a cataract surgeon that is still operating with the Alcon Infiniti?

Are you an OR administrator that would like to upgrade your surgeons from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

Upgrading from Infiniti to Centurion has substantial benefits in technology and safety enhancements, including state of the art cutting technology, fluidics, and an intuitive user interface.

The Alcon Centurion brings all the familiarity of the Infiniti with it (making you feel comfortable and familiar when operating), but with significantly more power, safety, and automation.

Some time ago, we wrote about the differences between Infiniti and Centurion and why anyone should consider upgrading. We went into the main differences in (1) Fluidics, (2) Energy, and (3) Practicality between the 2 machines.

In case you missed that article, read it here: Why upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

It doesn’t take long to see and feel the benefits of upgrading. Most surgeons are hooked once they have given it a try. And the number one reason we’ve encountered surgeons and facilities hesitant to upgrade is because of capital limitations.

At Surgical Direct, we’ve transitioned dozens of surgeons and facilities and from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion without any capital expenditure.

The SDI Upgrade Program: Infiniti to Centurion.

Our upgrade program makes the transition seamless.

  1. No need to use capital dollars towards the Centurion.
  2. Get transition help from our team, helping surgeons with their settings.
  3. Don’t stress about new tubing or phaco tip inventory. We bring it all with us.
  4. We provide new hand-pieces as needed to cover all sterilization needs.
  5. Save storage space in your facility.
  6. Add a second room! We’ll bring 2 Centurions.

Contact us today to start the discussion about upgrading and find out just how easy it is with Surgical Direct.

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Financial Risk Mitigation for Cataract Equipment

When considering to pull the trigger and allocate precious capital dollars on cataract equipment, make sure you ask the following questions and determine whether the investment is wise for your facility in 2021.

Will the equipment purchased provide a healthy return on investment?

With so many other specialties bringing in higher reimbursements and charge rates, cataract equipment may not be the best investment when it comes to ROI. Surely, there is a huge benefit of acquiring the latest technology for your cataract surgeons…we are just talking dollars and cents. Often, there is other specialty-specific technology that will bring a higher return for your capital and should at the least be considered.

Does your targeted technology have a healthy demand among surgeons?

Cataract technology is a highly-competitive field and rapidly evolves as new technology is introduced. Keeping up with the latest platform, device, or technology software can be a challenge (financially speaking) simply due to the rate technology is released within the specialty.

Another area to consider is the longevity of your surgeons remaining in your facility. Will there be turnover within a few years? If a new surgeon comes to your facility, what platform will they want to operate with? Relying on one technology to invest in and provide stability in this area might not be a reality.

What does maintenance cost look like for this equipment?

Taking the time to factor the ‘lifetime’ or ‘actual’ cost of your investment is a non-option. Preventative maintenance plans and repair budgets both eat into your profit margins and factoring them into your decision to purchase is a must. Unlike many other medical specialties, Ophthalmic technology is delicate, precise, and sensitive. Working in millimeters of space leave no room for error and your equipment must be precise at all times.

When you’ve finished analyzing the true cost, where do you land?

Factoring your true cost and the risk, is purchasing cataract equipment right for your facility in 2021?

If it’s not an investment that makes sense, there’s another way to acquire the latest technology in Ophthalmology that also eliminates your financial risk.

Outsourcing your equipment with Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service allows you to gain immediate access to the latest technology available for cataract surgery without spending a dime of your capital.

Here’s a quick list of benefits:

  1. Save your capital to spend on other (more lucrative) specialties
  2. Gain access to the latest cataract technology right away
  3. Save on repairs and maintenance plans
  4. You only get billed when you have cases, lowering risk if a surgeon stops bringing in cases and still having to pay for unused equipment.
  5. Gain cross-platform access. Add another surgeon who prefers a different technology, and we’ve got you covered.
  6. Outfit more rooms (2-3 room days) without purchasing a single piece of equipment.

This just scratches the surface of the benefits of outsourcing with Surgical Direct.

Gaining access to the latest cataract technology doesn’t have to be a financial risk.

Learn more about our services and get a full picture of the benefits of outsourcing in your facility.

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Think Cataract Equipment Outsourcing in 2021

2020 has been a year! Unexpected turns and necessary adjustments now seem part of normal everyday life. What has been brought to the surface in 2020 is the realization that we all need to be flexible and creative to keep business moving forward. Look at almost every business sector in the market, and you’ll see creative & adaptive solutions have been put in place to keep doors open and revenue flowing. Sometimes the worst situations bring out our most creative & adaptive work. 

If you are a key decision-maker in a hospital or ASC, spending capital dollars in 2021 may not be on the table, especially for a specialty like ophthalmology.

Surgical Direct Inc provides a mobile cataract service that provides the latest cataract equipment to your OR with no capital outlay. Along with equipment provisions, we provide customized and flexible case supplies (eliminating in-house inventory) and provide highly trained and hands-on cataract technicians for each during surgery.

Why Outsource in 2021?

1# Safety

Safety always comes first. At Surgical Direct, our number one priority is the safety of our team, your team, and every patient that enters that OR door. Our team is annually trained in OR and Safety protocols, state regulations, and equipment training. In 2020, we have adopted strict and safe measures to deter the spread of the Covid19 virus. You can depend on us to provide a service that is safe.

#2 Stability

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings surgery day stability to your OR. We meticulously pack your equipment and supplies (with ample amounts of backups), ready for whatever the day brings along. Our techs are trained to troubleshoot equipment to keep the day moving as smoothly as possible.

#3 Flexibility

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings a level of flexibility to your OR that you would not have on your own. We provide the opportunity for surgeons to be flexible with their equipment preferences (eg. trying a new technology). Or perhaps you have another surgeon that would like to operate in your facility but does not prefer the equipment you have. Having the option to provide multiple surgeons with their preferences in equipment without spending large amounts of capital is a benefit that should not be overlooked. 

#4 Cost-Efficiency

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct eliminates the need to spend your capital dollars on cataract equipment. This includes Phaco technology, microscopes, handpieces trays, instruments, and disposable supplies. Additionally, if you don’t purchase the equipment, you won’t have to pay for repairs and maintenance contracts either. Allowing us to take over your supply and lens inventory saves your team hours of inventory and reduces your PO count dramatically.

#5 Expansivity

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct opens expansion opportunities that perhaps were not possible before. Opening a second room (fully outfitted with all the equipment you need) is simple. Expanding our service to other locations you’re connected with is as simple as letting us know who to talk to. If you want to grow, Surgical Direct is the expansion partner you need to talk to. 

After the year we’ve had, 2021 holds quite a bit of uncertainty still. Finding partnerships that can bring safety, stability, flexibility, cost-efficiency, and expansivity will give you the support that you need to be successful. 

Surgical Direct is the partnership that you’ve been looking for. 

To learn more about what it’s like to work with Surgical Direct, contact us below or request a FREE Demo Day.

 

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Consistent Technicians Add Value To Your OR

No matter where you operate, Surgical Direct provides stability in your OR when it comes to cataract surgery. Our Mobile Cataract Service model provides new equipment, ample supply provisions, and highly trained cataract technicians to your OR on surgery day. To read a full description of what we offer, click here.

Part of our culture at Surgical Direct is a persistent and dedicated pursuit of unparalleled customer service in our field. Our goal is to offer the absolute best support to our surgeons and OR teams in our field of service. We believe that our technicians are the gold standard; the difference makers between our service and others like us in our field.

We also believe having experienced, aware, cordial, and supportive technicians in the OR during surgery can make a big difference on surgery day. These qualities in a tech can increase the day’s efficiency, raise the surgeon’s comfort level, and improve patient care by letting the nursing staff focus more on the patient vs other details (such as adjusting machine settings, opening case supplies, or taking out the trash).

Our technicians are highly trained in:

  • Phaco & Microscope Technology (annually, directly with the manufacturers)
  • Equipment Failure and Troubleshooting
  • IOL, Instrumentation, & Case Supplies (annually, directly with the manufacturers)
  • Anatomy of the Eye
  • Phaco Dynamics (Procedure & Cataract Surgery Techniques)
  • Case Supply Management
  • OR Protocols (annually)
  • Workplace Safety (annually)
  • Sterile Field Protocol (annually)
  • And more

Creating a “Team Dynamic” with Consistent Techs

One of the biggest stand-out differences between our service and others is our “ABC” tech model. In this scheduling model, our technicians are assigned to their surgery days with the intent that our accounts will see a familiar face and consistently work with the same technicians. Why? Because we believe that familiarity and consistency with whom you work with,  increases the flow of your surgery day by creating a true “team dynamic”. Trust and relationships are built between our techs and the teams they work with, and from our experience, this results in better surgery days.

Our aim is to help our surgeons achieve the best surgical results possible by supplying the right equipment, the right supplies, and the dedicated support they need, when they need it.

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Mobile Cataract Service + MIGS

Are you an Ophthalmologist looking for partnerships to grow your practice and eliminate some of the logistical barriers that are in the way?

Just in case we haven’t had the chance to meet, we are Surgical Direct Inc,  a mobile cataract technology outsourcing service that delivers cataract technology and supplies to your OR on surgery day. We create opportunities by eliminating capital expense and inventory management, allowing facilities to allocate their funds and time elsewhere. For surgeons, this means you are able to use whatever technology you prefer (on demand) when you want it.

Regardless of location, we create stable operating environments for surgeons to be able to use the technology and supplies they want.

    • Our phaco systems and microscopes are programmed with your settings.
    • Our supply lists are tailored to your liking.
    • Our lens picks are directly coordinated with your office to ensure accuracy and ample backups are on hand.
    • Our techs are second-to-none in the industry: Programming equipment settings, taking out the trash, and highly trained with supportive ‘can-do’ attitudes.

Surgeons who use our mobile cataract service are also able to request MIGS technology for any case as an add-on item and we’ll supply it. This includes access to Hydrus® Microstent from Ivantis and iStent inject® from Glaukos.

MicroInvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) in tandem with cataract surgery is growing in popularity (if patient criteria matches) due to the minimal difference in post-operative care, while providing improved management of IOP issues in Glaucoma patients. Our service partnership makes add-on items like MIGS simple and efficient when it comes to supplying the technology.

Plus, in the current economic landscape, add-on procedures like MIGS offer benefits for surgeons to be able to help their patients manage their glaucoma, reduce extra post-op needs, and increase to their reimbursement rates.

Easy MIGS access is just one of the many benefits of working with Surgical Direct. We also support our clients with easy access to YAG lasers, SLT lasers, and our Mobile Retina Services.

Our aim is to help our surgeons achieve the best surgical results possible by supplying the equipment and supplies they need when they need it.

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