SHAWVILLE Dec 16, 2020
The operating room at the Pontiac Community Hospital (PCH) can handle a lot of things. Patients come in requiring anything from an appendix removed to complex bowel resections. However, specialty surgeries are key to keeping the department chugging along efficiently and a surgeon who has been serving the region for decades is set to retire next fall.
Dr. Brian Patenaude is an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who performs cataract surgeries once a week at the hospital. Last year he knocked out a total of 451 procedures averaging around 10 a week. He estimates that roughly 80 per cent of his patients hail from the Pontiac, though he gets referrals from all over the region.
Cataracts are the most common surgery performed, especially so in an area with . . .
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