Endoscopic orbital fat decompression for the management of proptosis in Grave’s orbitopathy using a laryngeal skimmer blade
David S Curragh & Dinesh SelvaRead More
Intraoperative handling and manipulation of orbital fat remains a challenge to orbital surgeons. We present a case series of endoscopic orbital fat decompression with medial orbital wall decompression for proptosis management in Grave’s orbitopathy, describing a technique for fat excision using a laryngeal skimmer blade, reporting clinical and surgical outcomes, and complications.
All patients who underwent endoscopic orbital fat decompression, with medial orbital wall decompression, for proptosis management in Grave’s orbitopathy between 2011 and 2018, under the care of a single surgeon, were included in this retrospective interventional case series.
Nineteen patients were included in this study. Using a laryngeal skimmer blade, orbital fat was excised endoscopically at the time of medial orbital wall decompression. The mean volume of orbital fat excised was 1.45 ± 0.63 ml and the mean reduction in proptosis was 4.5 ± 1.02 mm. There were no intraoperative complications.
In this study, we describe our experience of using a laryngeal skimmer blade as a method of excising orbital fat for orbital decompression in patients with proptosis secondary to Grave’s orbitopathy.