Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty
Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) is one of the newest and most promising techniques in corneal transplantation. A DSEK procedure is a partial-thickness corneal transplant that replaces only the inner endothelial layer. The endothelium is removed with its underlying membrane and replaced with the healthy inner layer from a donor cornea. Where appropriate, this new technique is a significant improvement over the standard corneal transplantation operation. With an experienced eye surgeon such as Dr. Cutarelli the surgery itself takes less time and involves a smaller surgical incision. DSEK requires far fewer stitches, heals faster and more reliably, and the vision returns faster.
There are several advantages to the DSEK operation compared to standard corneal transplant surgery. Since only the thin inner layer of the cornea is replaced, over 90% of the patient's own cornea remains behind contributing to greater structural integrity and may reduce the incidence of rejection. The smaller incision offers several benefits over traditional methods of corneal transplant such as Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP). Because the procedure is less invasive, DSEK leaves the eye much stronger and less prone to injury than full-thickness transplants. Additionally, DSEK has a more rapid rate of visual recovery. Vision is typically restored in one to three months rather than one to two years.
Q: Why don't all eye surgeons offer DSEK?
A DESK is a technically challenging surgery. Because of his extensive training and experience as a corneal specialist Dr. Cutarelli is the surgeon to consider in the Denver, Colorado area when contemplating DSEK.
The Cutarelli Vision Promise
Dr. Paul Cutarelli is first and foremost concerned about what is best for you as his patient and strives diligently and with great care to achieve the goal of your best possible vision. We invite you to call us today for your personalized consultation.
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Dr. Paul Cutarelli performs advanced technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed to fully understand his or her condition and to achieve the best possible visual outcome.