Postoperative complications associated with 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy

Omesh P. Gupta, Eric D. Weichel, Carl D. Regillo, Mitchell S. Fineman, Richard S. Kaiser, Allen C. Ho, J. Arch McNamara, James F. Vander

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■ BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To report postoperative complications in eyes undergoing 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). ■ PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventy consecutive eyes that underwent 25-gauge PPV for various indications, including epiretinal membrane, non-clearing vitreous hemorrhage, and idiopathic macular hole, and had a minimum follow-up of 12 weeks were reviewed retrospectively. Main outcome measures included best-corrected Snellen visual acuity, intraocular pressure (IOP), intraoperative complications, and postoperative complications. ■ RESULTS: The mean visual acuity improved from 20/368 preoperatively to 20/105 postoperatively (P < .00005). Intraoperative complications included retinal tears in 2 eyes (2.9%). Postoperative complications included cataract progression in 17 eyes (42.5%), cystoid macular edema exacerbation in 5 eyes (7.1%), and retinal detachment in 1 eye (1.4%). Postoperative day 1 IOP was statistically lower than preoperative IOP in fluid-filled eyes (P = .031) but not in eyes filled with intravitreal air (P = .30) or gas (P = .52). Sclerotomy sutures were required intraoperatively in 5 eyes (7.1 %) and postoperative day 1 hypotony was noted in 4 eyes (5.7%). All of these complications were noted in fluid-filled eyes except for one case of postoperative day 1 hypotony with gas tamponade. ■ CONCLUSIONS: Intraoperative and postoperative complications were rare in this series of 25-gauge PPV. Postoperative cataract progression and hypotony were the most common complications. Fluid-filled eyes appear to have a higher risk of wound leakage and postoperative hypotony after 25-gauge PPV than eyes with air or gas tamponade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-275
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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