Professor MD Ulrich Weber
One of the main glaucoma treatment methods is a surgery during which drainage canals are opened. To ensure 100% effectiveness of draining, implants are placed in eye. Find out how glaucoma implant surgery in Germany is performed, and why we recommend going through the procedure in the Clinic of Braunsweig.
Generally, implants are used to ensure better results of glaucoma surgery: they prevent healing and closing of vessels. Most modern implants are tubes that let fluid out. Some implants are solid, and are designed to let the fluid pass along their surface. No matter what type of glaucoma implants is applied, they serve for one thing: reduction of intraocular pressure and increased flow of fluid from eyes.
Most often, implants are used in case of complicated glaucoma, and sometimes – if glaucoma was conditioned by an eye injury. Besides, glaucoma implant surgery in Germany is performed when other methods and operations don’t work, and in case of neovascular glaucoma (the one that is connected with diabetes which makes blood vessels grow more across the iris and drainage canals).
There are valved and non-valved implants. Both feature a tube and a plate. No matter which type is applied, a silicone tube is put in the front part of the eye, sometimes – in other places. The tube is needed to provide sufficient drainingto let fluid out. It gathers in the plate which is located on the exterior layer of eye and collects fluid. When gathered fluid overflows, it is absorbed by body.
Typically, the implant is installed below the upper eye lid, so it is not noticed by anyone until the upper lid is retracted. As a rule, intraocular pressure stabilizes within three months after the operation, because the capsule going together with the plate matures over time.
During a usual surgery, the white area of the eye is pierced. Such operation was namedtrabeculectomy (sclerostomy). The opening lets fluid escape the eye and flow under the conjunctiva. The hole is usually kept from closing with the help of drugs and injections.
When an implant is used, it is usually placed outside the eye under the conjunctiva. A tiny tube is played into the front area of the eye before the iris. The fluid drains via this tube or along it to the area at the implant’s back end. After that, collected fluid is absorbed.The most experienced and skilled surgeons operate in the Clinic of Braunsweig: top-notch quality of procedure is guaranteed!
As far as implant is a foreign body, there is always a risk of inflammation appearing right after the surgery. This is usually conditioned by rising of intraocular pressure: it takes 4-6 weeks to stabilize entirely. It usually does not stabilize quickly after the surgery, even if medications are included in the treatment plan.
The success of glaucoma implant surgery in Germany is quite high, but usually depends on the amount of surface covered by the implant for drainage. The bigger implant is used, the higher chance for success is. However, sometimes complications can occur even in case when operations are performed correctly. There is a threat that the eye pressure can get too low making implant interfere with the inner eye muscles.
Implants are often used when other operations have failed because of opening healing. When it closes down, eye pressure becomes too high again, getting back to its initial level. But implants themselves may also have some problems. First, the tube may get clogged. Secondly, too much scarring around the external drainage of the implant can prevent fluid reabsorption and lead to high pressure inside the eye.
Other complications may include injury of cornea caused by interference between the tube and eye layers and tissues. However, the best glaucoma implants in Germany are small and do not cause such complications.
Wonder where you can go through such procedure safely? We recommend the Clinic of Braunsweig! There are at least 3 reasons to select it:
Save on surgery and transfer, not on your health! The Clinic of Braunsweig is ready to help and cure glaucoma once and forever. Our doctors will do their best to help patients even with most complicated cases.