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Ahmed Glaucoma Valve

Surgeon: Reza Razeghinejad, MD | Narrator: Lindsay Machen, MD | Year: 2019

Dr. Razeghinejad places a superotemporal Ahmed valved glaucoma drainage device. A Vicryl traction suture is placed, then the tube shunt is placed then secured with Nylon sutures. An irradiated corneal patch graft is placed to protect the tube, then the conjunctiva is closed with Vicryl sutures.

Sample Operative Report


Glaucoma, *** eye




Ahmed Glaucoma Valve implantation, *** eye






1. Ahmed Glaucoma Valve, serial number ***
2. Tutoplast processed pericardial graft, serial number ***


MAC, topical, and local



Description of Procedure:

Prior to the date of surgery, the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the planned procedure had been discussed with the patient, and informed consent had been obtained. The patient was identified in the preoperative area by the attending physician, and the operative eye was marked. The patient was transported to the operative suite and given IV sedation and topical ocular anesthesia. The operative eye was prepped and draped in the usual sterile ophthalmic fashion. A lid speculum was inserted to provide adequate exposure.

A 7-0 Vicryl traction suture was placed in partial thickness superior cornea, and the eye was rotated infranasally. A superior limbal conjunctival opening was made using Wescott scissors. Bupivacaine was injected into the subconjunctival space and spread using a blunt instrument. A peritomy was made temporally through superiorly with radial relaxing incisions. Blunt dissection was performed with Westcott scissors to expand the pocket underlying conjunctiva and Tenon’s. A peribulbar block was given using bupivacaine. Gentle cautery was performed to achieve hemostasis at the intended site of tube entry.

The Ahmed implant was primed with balanced salt solution then placed into the supratemporal pocket. Two 8-0 nylon sutures were passed through partial thickness sclera 8 mm posterior to the limbus, threaded through the Ahmed plate eyelets, then tied. The plate was examined and found to be positioned well with no tendency to move forward. Westcott scissors were then used to cut the tube to an appropriate length in a beveled fashion.

Next, a paracentesis was made in clear cornea, then the anterior chamber was filled with viscoelastic. A 23-gauge bent needle was used to create a tunneled sclerostomy that entered the anterior chamber above the iris plane but deep to the corneal endothelium. The tube was inserted through this tract, positioned appropriately in the anterior chamber, then secured to the sclera with a 10-0 nylon suture. The Tutoplast processed pericardial patch graft was secured over the exposed tube with 7-0 Vicryl suture.  The conjunctiva was advanced using smooth forceps and secured at the limbus with 8-0 Vicryl interrupted and running sutures.

The traction suture was removed. The corneal incision was hydrated with balanced salt solution then inspected with a Weck-cel sponge and found to be watertight with good intraocular pressure by finger tension. The tube was inspected and found to be in good position with respect to the cornea, iris, and lens. The speculum and drapes were removed, and antibiotic-steroid drops were placed in the eye. A patch and shield were applied. The patient was then transported to the postoperative care unit in good condition.