Three patients had a pars plana vitrectomy to remove retained nuclei within 72 hours after phacoemulsification performed by a surgeon making the transition from extra-capsular cataract extraction to phacoemulsification. After vitrectomy, the nuclei were brought to the midvitreous cavity from the retinal surface with a posterior segment phacofragmenter, emulsified, and completely removed. Then, a posterior chamber intraocular lens was implanted in the sulcus through the previous cataract surgery incision and remained well centered postoperatively. Postoperative complications included cystoid macular edema in 1 patient and choroidal detachment in another. No other complications were detected. Final visual acuity ranged from 20/60 to 20/30.