Primary 23-gauge sutureless vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Mario R. Romano, Ronald Das, Carl Groenwald, Theo Stappler, Joaquin Marticorena, Xavier Valldeperas, David Wong, Heinrich Heimann

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Aims : To report a prospective non-comparative consecutive interventional study on the safety and efficacy of 23-Gauge transconjunctival sutureless pars plana vitrectomy for primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). Materials and Methods: Fifty eyes of 50 consecutive patients were recruited between June 2007 and January 2008. All surgeries were performed using the one-step 23-Gauge system with angled incisions. The surgical protocol consisted of a minimum of eight clinical visits: baseline, 1 day, 1 week, 1-, 3- and 6- months after the initial surgery. The endpoints were anatomical, functional results and complications arising from the surgery. Results : Anatomical success was achieved in 82% of cases (41 out of 50) with single surgery and rose to 98% (49 out of 50) with additional surgery. Mean visual acuity improved from logMAR 0.48(SD 0.36) to 0.26(SD 0.31), P <0.001. Two cases with ocular hypotony, defined as an intraocular pressure 6mmHg, that were associated with a choroidal detachment were seen. Conclusions : Acceptable anatomical and functional success rates can be achieved with primary 23-Gauge transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy for RRD. We found that the approach technique is different from conventional vitrectomy and the complications arising from post surgical hypotony and leakage from sclerotomies are potentially higher compared to 20-Gauge vitrectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • 23-Gauge vitrectomy
  • rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
  • sutureless vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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