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Scleral Buckle

Year: 2019

Dr. Xu implants a scleral buckle to treat a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in a phakic patient.

Sample Operative Report

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, *** eye


PROCEDURE PERFORMED: Scleral buckle, *** eye



IMPLANT: Scleral buckle, serial number ***

ANESTHESIA: General and local


Description of Procedure:

Prior to the date of surgery, the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the planned procedure were discussed with the patient, and informed consent was obtained. The patient was identified in the preoperative area by the attending physician, and the operative eye was marked. The patient was taken 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.

A 360-degree conjunctival peritomy was performed using Westcott and Stevens scissors. A sub-Tenon’s block consisting of a 50:50 mixture of mepivacaine and bupivacaine was given. A Gass muscle hook was used to identify the insertions of all four rectus muscles, then separate 4-0 silk sutures were passed beneath each muscle to serve as traction sutures. The sclera was inspected in the exposed quadrants and found to be healthy without significant thinning. A #41 scleral buckle was passed under the rectus muscles and anchored using 5-0 nylon sutures. The ends of the buckle were secured in the superonasal quadrant with a #70 sleeve.

The conjunctiva was then repositioned over the globe and closed with interrupted 6-0 plain sutures. The speculum and drapes were removed, antibiotic-steroid drops were placed in the eye, and a patch and shield were placed over the eye. The patient was then transported to the recovery unit in stable condition.