[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
December 1988

Pneumatic RetinopexySurgical Results

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center (Dr Lowe) and University of California Medical Center (Drs McDonald and Schatz), San Francisco; St Luke's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix (Dr Campo); and Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles (Dr Boyer).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(12):1672-1676. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060140844023
Abstract

• We reviewed 55 consecutive cases of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment treated with pneumatic retinopexy. Eyes with inferior retinal breaks from the 4- to 8-o'clock positions or macular holes with retinal detachment were excluded. Forty-five eyes (82%) were reattached with one operation. Although ten operations failed, nine retinas were subsequently reattached surgically, a 98% overall reattachment rate. Thirty-three (92%) of 36 phakic eyes, eight (66%) of 12 pseudophakic eyes, and four (57%) of seven aphakic retinas were reattached with one operation. In macula-off cases, phakic patients tended to have greater improvement in visual acuity. New breaks occurred in six eyes (11%), five (83%) of which were pseudophakic or aphakic. The safety, efficacy, and indications for pneumatic retinopexy remain to be established by a randomized, controlled, prospective study.

×