Fibrin glue for Gundersen flap surgery
Hsi-Wei Chung,1 Jodhbir S Mehta1–3
1Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore; 2Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Group, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore; 3Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of fibrin glue in Gundersen flap surgery.
Design: Prospective case series.
Study subjects: Seven eyes of seven subjects who had undergone Gundersen flap surgery from 2009 to 2011 at the Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore.
Methods: Review of case records for outcomes after Gundersen flap surgery.
Main outcome measures: Surgical success was defined as achieving a stable ocular surface. Complications to be noted included flap retraction or exposure of underlying corneal surface.
Results: Surgical success was achieved in all eyes with significant reduction in ocular surface inflammation. No retractions were noted and recovery was uncomplicated.
Conclusion: Fibrin glue application is a viable alternative to sutures in Gundersen flap surgery. It reduces surgical downtime, gives faster ocular surface rehabilitation, and offers similar outcomes to conventional conjunctival flap surgery.
Keywords: Gundersen, conjunctival flap, fibrin glue
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