Dermis-fat graft for orbital reconstruction after subtotal exenteration

Am J Ophthalmol. 1986 Aug 15;102(2):228-36. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(86)90150-9.


A surgical technique for reconstruction after subtotal orbital exenteration uses an autogenous dermis-fat graft. A musculocutaneous flap is advanced over the graft to provide the anterior vascular supply for the free dermis-fat graft. The periorbita and remaining orbital tissue provide the vascular supply posteriorly. This technique eliminates extensive skin grafting and delayed spontaneous healing. Wound healing is rapid and surgical morbidity is minimized. We have used this procedure in three patients with sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma, two patients with severe posttraumatic contracted sockets, and as a palliative procedure in one patient with a fungating choroidal melanoma and widespread metastasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / transplantation*
  • Blepharitis / pathology
  • Blepharitis / surgery
  • Conjunctivitis / pathology
  • Conjunctivitis / surgery
  • Eye Injuries / pathology
  • Eye Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures*
  • Skin Transplantation*
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods*