Outcome of Deep Lateral Wall Rim-Sparing Orbital Decompression in Thyroid-associated Orbitopathy: A New Technique and Results of a Case Series.

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Purpose: To describe a new technique for deep lateral (single) wall orbital decompression surgery, developed by Mr. Geoffrey Rose, for proptosis in patients with thyroid-associated orbitopathy and to analyse the results achieved in our series. Methods: The study is an interventional, retrospective, non-comparative case series. Twenty-one eyes of seventeen patients underwent the described technique of deep lateral wall orbital decompression for thyroid-associated orbitopathy. All patients had controlled thyroid functions and underwent surgery for cosmetic rehabilitation, with analysis of the reduction in proptosis, changes in visual acuity and post-operative complications. The surgery involved removing the lateral orbital wall whilst preserving the lateral rim, the lateral wall being approached through a horizontal skin incision placed lateral to the lateral canthus. After reflecting the periosteum, most of the bone (deep lateral wall) between the skull base and inferior orbital fissure is removed. Results: A mean reduction in proptosis of 4.81 mm ±1.23 (SD) (p 


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-8
Number of pages4
JournalOrbit (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011