22.03.2021 | Leitthema
The urgency of surgical treatment for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Feltgen, Josep Callizo, Lars-Olof Hattenbach, Hans Hoerauf
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The ideal timing of surgery in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment has been discussed for decades. The study situation has improved in recent years so that recommendations can now be made. When the macula is detached, surgical treatment of the retinal detachment should be undertaken within a few days. When the macula is still attached, the near fovea and bullous superotemporal detachment should be classified as an emergency. When planning the operation environmental factors must also be considered, meaning that the performance of the intervention by an experienced surgical team is usually more important for the final result than the retinal condition alone. Influencing factors are discussed in this article and recommendations for dealing with these emergency patients are discussed.