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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-8

Orbital endoscopic surgery

1 Oculoplastic and Orbital Division, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
2 South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, Adelaide, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Venkatesh C Prabhakaran
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.37587

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Minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery performed using endoscopic visualization is increasing in popularity and is being used by almost all surgical subspecialties. Within ophthalmology, however, endoscopic surgery is not commonly performed and there is little literature on the use of the endoscope in orbital surgery. Transorbital use of the endoscope can greatly aid in visualizing orbital roof lesions and minimizing the need for bone removal. The endoscope is also useful during decompression procedures and as a teaching aid to train orbital surgeons. In this article, we review the history of endoscopic orbital surgery and provide an overview of the technique and describe situations where the endoscope can act as a useful adjunct to orbital surgery.

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