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Use of Vicryl (polyglactin-910) mesh implant for repair of orbital floor fracture causing diplopia: a study of 28 patients over 5 years.

Over the past 5 years, Vicryl mesh (polyglactin-910) implants were used successfully to reconstruct the orbital floor in 28 patients with significant preoperative diplopia due to orbital floor fractures. The layered mesh is available in 26.5 x 24 cm sheets, each of which is folded onto itself into 24 layers and packaged; 24 layers are approximately 4 mm thick. Appropriately sized implants varying in thickness from 6 to 56 layers were used to cover and fill the orbital floor defect. Absorbable Vicryl mesh is well-tolerated by orbital tissues; since it is soft and pliable, it is unlikely to compress orbital structures such as the optic nerve, lacrimal sac, or extraocular muscles. A second surgical site necessary for autogenous implants is avoided. The Vicryl mesh implant is technically easy to insert and does not require fixation in the orbit. Because Vicryl mesh is absorbable, the risks associated with permanent alloplastic implants are reduced. Similarly, there is no potential spread of communicable disease with homologous tissue implants. Follow-up ranged from 1 month to 2 years (median, 13 months). None of the patients had late complications. The only complication was transient, low-grade eyelid inflammation in four patients.[1]


  1. Use of Vicryl (polyglactin-910) mesh implant for repair of orbital floor fracture causing diplopia: a study of 28 patients over 5 years. Mauriello, J.A., Wasserman, B., Kraut, R. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. (1993) [Pubmed]
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