The use of an encircling element in retinal detachment surgery has assumed great importance during the last decade. The material that formed the encircling element has varied considerably and has included polyethylene,1 Dacron,2 chromic gut,3 fascia lata,4,9 sclera,10,11 and silicone bands.5 It is the purpose of this article to describe an absorbable reconstituted collagen tape, designed to be used as an encircling band in various retinal detachment conditions.
Collagen Tape Preparation
Catgut is well known to the surgeon, since it is the only suture material generally used that is absorbed during the course of wound healing. The absorption time can be controlled grossly by the size of the gut used and the type of chemical tanning employed in its manufacture. Catgut is obtained from the submucosal layer of the small intestines of sheep or the serosal layer of the small intestines of cattle and
L'ESPERANCE FA. Reconstituted Collagen Tape in Retinal Detachment Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(4):472-475. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030474005