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March 1968

Gelatin as an Absorbable Implant in Scleral Buckling Procedures: A Preliminary Report

Author Affiliations

From Department of Retina Research, Institute of Biological and Medical Sciences, Retina Foundation and Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(3):286-290. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040288011

An absorbable gelatin implant (Ophthalmic Gelfilm) was used in 100 scleral buckling operations, 76 trap-door, and 24 scleral pouch procedures. This film produced an adequate buckle in selected cases. Since it was absorbed over a two- to five-month period, it was not associated with erosion. Extrusion or exposure through the conjunctiva was not observed. This paper discusses the indications for the use of gelatin film and the surgical techniques employed with this absorbable material.

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