Polytetrafluoroethylene as a wrapping material for a hydroxyapatite orbital implant

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2000 Jul;16(4):286-8. doi: 10.1097/00002341-200007000-00006.


Purpose: Porous coralline hydroxyapatite orbital implants have been used with great success in anophthalmic sockets. We used a substitute for donor sclera as a wrapping tissue.

Methods: Orbital implants were wrapped with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) instead of homologous donor tissue in five patients after enucleation.

Results: The postoperative course was uneventful in three cases. Complications occurred in two cases: one with implant exposure, and one with severe implant infection leading to its eventual removal.

Conclusions: PTFE is inferior to other wrapping tissue.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Child
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible*
  • Durapatite*
  • Eye Enucleation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbital Implants*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / surgery
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene*
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Fitting
  • Prosthesis Implantation
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene
  • Durapatite