Record-breaking speech atMolinette hospital Of Turinwhere a unique surgical operation was performed: by reconstructing a healthy eye from its two blind ones, the doctors of the Turin hospital allowed a totally blind patient to partially recover his sight.
Totally blind, partially recovers his sight
As reported by the agency ‘ANSA’. the 83-year-old patient, totally blind due to 2 different pathologiespartially recovered his vision thanks to theautotransplant of the entire ocular surface (cornea, part of the sclera and the conjunctiva) from one of your eyes.
The intervention carried out at the Molinette hospital in Turin represents a world “first”..
The record-breaking operation was carried out at the Molinette hospital in Turin.
The patient’s medical history
The elderly patient who underwent surgery at the Molinette hospital in Turin had lost sight in his left eye for 30 years due to a irreversible retinal blindness and, in the last 10 years, he had also gone blind in his right eye, due to a rare pathology.
The levy from the left eye, unrecoverable from a functional point of view but with a good ocular surface, allowed him to partially recover his sight.
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The details of the intervention at the Molinette in Turin
The operation, which lasted 4 hours, was performed by a medical team led by Michael Reibaldidirector of the Molinette University Eye Clinic and expert retinal surgeon, e Vincent Sarnicolapresident of the Italian Society of cornea and stemness.
The doctors explained in some statements reported by the agency ‘ANSA’: “The real novelty consists in having extended the corneal transplant to the entire ocular surface, to the conjunctive-scleral tissues, which play a fundamental role in allowing the success of the transplant under special conditions”.
Professor Vincenzo Sarnicola declared: “Blind eyes with functional aspects should not be enucleated, that is sacrificed, because they may be needed as spare parts. In the last 20 years the frontier of transplants has made great strides and Italy plays a leading role in the world”.
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How is the patient operated on at the Molinette in Turin now
Two weeks after surgery, the 83-year-old patient is able to recognize people and objects and to move independently. His left eye was reconstructed, for aesthetic purposes, with donor tissue.
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