Monday, June 9, 2008

The Operating Room: DSEK

This is a shot taken in the operating room during a DSEK procedure.

Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty

This procedure is done to replace and repair the tissue of the cornea. Instead of a corneal transplant that damages many endothelial cells and takes a long time to recover from, this procedure takes a donor cornea endothelial layer and places it through a small incision, allowing less recovery time as well as a lot less damage to the corneal cells. The following image shows the step by step process, from the donor cornea in the first image, to the placement and unfolding of the donor corneal layer, to the injection of an air bubble to hold the graft in place for proper healing position.

*This same patient had a cataract removed and an IOL (Intra-Ocular Lens) inserted just minutes before the DSEK procedure.

Nikon D70x
105mm micro w/ PN-ll extension tube
F/16 w/ ringflash 1/2 power

1 comment:

Jessey Dearing said...

This is a neat chart / series of photographs showing the procedure. Good job, but all these procedures look nauseating. See you in two weeks