May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
Intraocular Silicone Balloon for Endotamponades
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • A. W. Weinberger
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • C. Gummersbach
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • D. Carstesen
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • M. Frentz
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • S. Fischer
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • B. A. E. Mazinani
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • G. Roessler
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • P. Walter
    Ophthalmology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  A.W. Weinberger, None; C. Gummersbach, None; D. Carstesen, None; M. Frentz, None; S. Fischer, None; B.A.E. Mazinani, None; G. Roessler, None; P. Walter, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support  Supported by a grant (TV-B109) from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research "BIOMAT." within the faculty of Medicine at the RWTH Aachen University
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 5961. doi:https://doi.org/
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      A. W. Weinberger, C. Gummersbach, D. Carstesen, M. Frentz, S. Fischer, B. A. E. Mazinani, G. Roessler, P. Walter; Intraocular Silicone Balloon for Endotamponades. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):5961. doi: https://doi.org/.

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Abstract

Purpose: : Non-resorbable endotamponades like silicone oil are tools in retinal detachment surgery. Problems can arise from emusification or from silicone oil prolaps into the anterior chamber in hypotonic eyes. We developed a balloon containment system for liquid endotamponades to address the above mentioned problems.

Methods: : Silicone foils with polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating were shown to be biocompatible (ARVO 2007 poster 5477). We developed several balloon models from this silicone material. Implantation and explantation techniques as well as intraoperative handling were tested in porcine cadaver eyes after lens and vitreous removal.

Results: : Implantation was possible through a 4 mm pars plana sclerotomy. Fundus viewing was excellent with the balloon filled with balanced salt solution or silicone oil.

Conclusions: : The balloon system could be useful in hypotonic eyes requiring silicone oil tamponade. Currently we are conduction long term implantation experiments in a porcine animal model. First results will be available at the ARVO meeting.

Keywords: vitreoretinal surgery • vitreous substitutes • retinal detachment 
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