What is it?
Orbital fracture is surgical treatment consisting of inserting some plates to correct a fracture of the orbit (these can be Medpor or titanium plates).
In which cases?
- Patients with enophthalmos
- Eyelid and orbital injuries
- Tear duct injuries
- A full ophthalmological examination and eyelid and periocular examination
- Photos are taken to assess the patient’s condition before and after treatment
- A Hertel test is conducted (also known as exophtalmometry). This consists of measuring the position of both eyes.
- In addition, an orbital CT scan is carried out to assess the cause of the patient’s enophthalmos.
During the surgical operation
- This treatment is carried out in the operating theatre of the out-patient’s unit.
- The specialist in oculoplastic surgery places some plates in the orbit to cover the fracture. These can be “Medpor” or titanium plates.
After the operation
- The surgeon occludes the patient’s eye for 24 hours (however in some cases this occlusion may be extended to one week) and the patient must also take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Ice must be applied to the treated area during the first few weeks
- It is also important to have enough rest for the first few days and avoid picking up heavy objects and taking exercise