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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 Dec 1;49(12):955-960. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20181203-08.

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

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

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.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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%).

CONCLUSION:

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.].

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