Iranian Researchers Offer New Treatment for Proptosis

Monday, April 28, 2008

Iranian ophthalmologists have presented a new method for treating proptosis (protrusion of the eye) which in addition to reducing the risk of adverse effects is followed by rapid wound healing after surgery.

In the old method, muscle grafts are taken from other parts of the body including from the feet to make up for the ineffectual muscles of the eyelid. According to Dr. Mohsen Bahmani Kashkouli, subspecialist of ophthalmologic surgery and plastic surgeon who is also vice president of Iran University of Medical Sciences’ Ophthalmologic Research Center for research affairs, the traditional method requires a 12-15 cm incision on the side of the foot, which may lead to adverse effects like laceration of the muscle, muscle hernia, hemorrhage and infection as well as a big scar. In the new method, which has been introduced to international scientific forums and official journal of the European Plastic Surgery, a very small incision is made to obtain the graft. In this way, wound healing will be much easier and the resulting scar is barely noticeable while other complications like muscle hernia or rupture are nearly nonexistent.

Bahmani has noted that studies on this technique have started since 2005 and the method was first tested on a limited number of patients according to past experiences with application of endoscopic operations on eyebrow and forehead.

“The paper was presented in an international congress in Iran in 2005. Afterwards it was introduced as a new surgical method which entails no cost, but that of endoscopy. Therefore, in the new method no endoscopy is used and surgery is carried out through small incision made in the foot,” he said.

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