Secondary orbital implant

What is it?

It is a surgical procedure consisting of placing an orbital implant in patients who have previously had an enucleation or evisceration.

In which cases is it carried out?

  • Patients who have had an enucleation
  • Patients who have had an evisceration

Previous examinations

  • A full ophthalmological examination and eyelid and periocular examination
  • Examination of the fundus of the eye
  • Photos are taken to assess the patient’s condition before and after treatment
  • In addition an orbital CT scan is carried out to confirm there is no implant in the anophthalmic cavity.

During the surgical operation

  • This treatment is carried out in the operating theatre of the out-patient’s unit
  • During the operation, the surgeon places the secondary orbital implant in the anophthalmic cavity
  • In some cases, the surgeon removes the implant placed after the evisceration or enucleation and replaces it for a larger one

After the operation

  • The surgeon occludes the patient’s eye for 24 hours 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
  • About one month after surgery, the surgeon decides whether the eye has properly healed. At that time, a prosthetic doctor may adapt an external prosthesis so that the enucleated eye has a similar appearance to a healthy eye

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