Non-Lasered Drainage Retinotomies for Repair of Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments.

Research paper by Trevor S TS Hodson, Ryan F RF Isom, David Wilkin DW Parke

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina


Drainage retinotomies are a technique used for treating rhegmatogenous retinal detachments (RRDs). These retinotomies are commonly surrounded by barricade laser. This paper aims to evaluate operative success of non-lasered drainage retinotomies during 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for repair of primary RRD. Retrospective review of a consecutive interventional case series. Study includes 45 eyes of 45 patients who underwent 25-gauge PPV with a non-lasered drainage retinotomy for primary RRD. Eyes with previous retinal detachments or less than 3 months of follow-up were excluded. All PPV with non-lasered drainage retinotomies were carried out by one surgeon (RFI); 25-gauge PPV instrumentation, a wide-angle viewing system, endolaser photocoagulation, and air or sulfur hexafluoride gas tamponade were utilized for each eye. Single surgery anatomical success was achieved in 42 out of 45 eyes (93%). Retinal detachment repair utilizing non-lasered drainage retinotomies had a high anatomic success rate comparable to that of standard retinal detachment repair.1,2 [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018;49:955-960.]. Copyright 2018, SLACK Incorporated.

More like this: