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During traditional corneal transplant surgery (also known as Penetrating Keratoplasty or PKP), the unhealthy cornea is removed and a donor cornea is used as replacement. Small sutures hold the donor cornea in place while it heals and are gradually removed in the months following surgery. The most common eye conditions that lead to the need for corneal transplant surgery are: keratoconus, Fuch’s corneal dystrophy, bullous keratopathy, post-infectious corneal scars, as well as traumatic injury. Patients who have undergone corneal transplant surgery are at lifelong risk for rejection of the transplant and must agree to maintain regularly-scheduled visits following their surgery.
DSEK (Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty)
For those patients with primarily endothelial corneal disease, such as Fuch’s dystrophy and bullous keratopathy, a modern and promising type of corneal transplantation has been introduced. During this procedure, only the innermost endothelial layer of the patient’s cornea is replaced by a similar layer of corneal donor tissue. This allows for a safer surgical procedure, faster visual recovery, and less post-operative discomfort. Additionally, the likelihood of post-operative transplant rejection may be less than with traditional corneal transplantation. While this procedure is newer, it has been Dr. Barnhorst’s experience that DSEK has excellent, long-term results.