Saturday, March 16, 2013

Adjustment versus no adjustment when using adjustable sutures in strabismus surgery

Adjustment versus no adjustment when using adjustable sutures in strabismus surgery

.....Of the 89 patients, 53 (60%) were adjusted and 36 (40%) were tied off. Success rates were similar between patients who were simply tied off immediately after surgery and those who were adjusted. At 6 weeks, the success rate was 64% for the nonadjusted group versus 81% for the adjusted group.... At 1 year, the success rate was 67% for the nonadjusted group versus 77% for the adjusted group....

Comments: So once again, even if you use adjustable sutures, the failure rate of strabismus surgery is about 1 out of 3. A 30% failure rate may be acceptable in some professions (actually if you are way below this in baseball you are still considered a great player!), but should not be acceptable in a learned profession like medicine. Go to http://COVD.org to find doctors who can help. DM

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