Results and Complications of Pneumatic Retinopexy

John C. Chen, Joseph E. Robertson, Patrick Coonan, Christopher F. Blodi, Michael L. Klein, Robert C. Watzke, James C. Folk, Thomas A. Weingeist

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Fifty-one patients with primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD) were treated by pneumatic retinopexy. The overall success rate for reattachment with one operation was 63%. Of the 34 phakic eyes, 25 (74%) were reattached; of the 17 aphakic or pseudophakic eyes, seven (41%) were reattached (P < 0.05). Postoperative complications included the development of new tears (22%), inadequate closure of the original tear, shifting and delayed absorption of subretinal fluid, and opening of previously closed tears. Pneumatic retinopexy is a valuable new technique; however, careful patient selection and postoperative management is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-608
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988


  • new tears
  • pneumatic retinopexy
  • proliferative vitreoretinopathy
  • retinal detachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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