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September 1975

Gelatin Implants in Scleral Buckling Procedures

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research, Retina Foundation, and the Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. CAPT King was a Research Fellow at the Retina Foundation under the sponsorship of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Department of the Navy, and Dr. Margherio was a Research Fellow at the Retina Foundation and a Heed Ophthalmic Fellow. Dr. King was formerly Chief, Ophthalmology Service, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Margherio is now with the Department of Ophthalmology, Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(9):807-811. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020695007

In 375 scleral buckling procedures, an absorbable gelatin implant (Retina Gelfilm) was used. This series included 192 trapdoor and scleral pouch procedures, and 183 operations in which a gelatin implant was used beneath a silicone rubber implant. Two thicknesses of gelatin implants were used, 0.5 mm and 0.75 mm. Absorption time varied from 2 to 24 months, depending on the thickness of the implant and whether it was used alone or beneath a silicone rubber implant. Gelatin is an excellent absorbable implant when used alone or under a silicone rubber implant in selected patients with retinal detachment to produce a temporary elevation or posterior extension of the buckle, or both.

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