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Retinal detachment repair - series—Procedure, part 1

Procedure, part 1


The most common technique used to repair retinal detachment is called a scleral buckle. Prior to performing a scleral buckle procedure, breaks and tears in the retina are closed. There are two major methods used to close breaks and tears in the retina. Cryopexy, uses an intensely cold probe (cryoprobe). This produces an inflammation that leads to formation of a scar which holds the retina to the underlying tissue.

Review Date 9/2/2014

Updated by: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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