Results and complications of pneumatic retinopexy

Ophthalmology. 1988 May;95(5):601-6. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(88)33134-9.


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 less than 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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cryosurgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmology / methods
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reoperation
  • Retinal Detachment / complications
  • Retinal Detachment / physiopathology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*
  • Retinal Perforations / complications
  • Retinal Perforations / physiopathology
  • Retinal Perforations / surgery*
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Vision, Ocular