Practice Patterns in Orbital Decompression Surgery Among American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Members

Sarah W. DeParis, Jing Tian, Fatemeh Rajaii

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Abstract

Introduction: Orbital decompression surgery for thyroid-associated orbitopathy (TAO) has evolved greatly over the past decades with the development of new surgical techniques and strategies for patient management. However, randomized controlled trials comparing surgical approaches are lacking. The goal of this study was to report the current preferred practices among American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ASOPRS) members for orbital decompression surgery for TAO, including surgical techniques and perioperative patient management. Methods: An anonymous electronic survey consisting of 21 questions was sent to the current membership of the ASOPRS, leading to 170 responses in total (response rate: 23.7%). Questions regarding preoperative and postoperative care as well as surgical technique were included. Results: 54.2% of the respondents prefer two-wall surgery as their initial procedure of choice. Of these, 53.8% prefer balanced lateral and medial decompression as the two-walled procedure of choice, and 44.0% prefer the orbital floor and medial wall. Steroids are routinely used preoperatively by 35.9% and postoperatively by 69.2%. Antibiotics are used preoperatively by 32.9% and postoperatively by 56.4% of respondents. Conclusion: Practice patterns for orbital decompression surgery continue to vary widely among ASOPRS members, but balanced medial and lateral wall decompression has gained in popularity as compared to prior studies. Postoperative steroids are preferred by a majority of members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-548
Number of pages8
JournalOphthalmology and Therapy
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • Decompression surgery
  • Graves’ orbitopathy
  • Orbit
  • Proptosis
  • Thyroid eye disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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