Traditional Corneal Transplant for Corneal Diseases

Traditional corneal transplant consists in replacing the whole central cornea with a new cornea coming from a donor

Full-depth corneal transplant is performed today less and less, in favour of the most modern lamellar corneal transplant techniques, that are: advanced keratoconus and full-depth corneal scars.

Vision recovery after full-depth corneal transplant is a gradual process and usually takes up no more than 10-12 months..

This kind of transplant is the first corneal transplant technique that has ever been performed. Is it still the most widespread technique worldwide. It consists in replacing a central full-depth portion of the damaged cornea with a healthy cornea coming from a donor.

Today, it is possible to perform corneal transplant with a Femtosecond Laser, in order to achieve a higher precision while cutting corneas.

During corneal transplant post-op it is important to schedule checkup appointments every 30-60 days for the first 12 months. Suture is usually removed after 6-18 months.

10-15% of patients experience rejections that can usually be treated pharmacologically, without having the need to perform another transplant surgery. Rejection risk is always present during the whole patient’s lifespan: this is why it is of great importance to immediately check every strange event, even a seemingly harmless red eye.

Dr. Badalà performs corneal transplant with corneal tissues coming from the Veneto Mestre Corneal Bank and Monza Corneal Bank. We suggest to undergo corneal transplant only in specialized centers where lamellar transplant is a viable option.
Dr. Badalà performs cornela transplant in Milan and Catania and works together with the most important corneal centers.

Francesca Cassa, Brescia (Montichiari)

Votazione: Eccellente
Many years ago, herpes virus left  me with a corneal scar. Over time, I alternated periods of "quiet" to relapses of various seriousness (included a corneal ulcer).

My eyesight has gradually worsened to about 1/10.
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Most of the eye doctors I have consulted advised me against perforating corneal transplantation.

Then, I read on the internet about lamellar transplant technique. The first consultation (4 years ago at another medical center) left me with some concerns. Following the deterioration and difficulty in performing some simple tasks with one eye (e.g. drive), I tried again.

After having found the name of Dr. Badalà, I booked a visit. After preliminary tests I described the situation, he reassured me (I am a quite anxious person!). He proposed me the surgery, explaining the advantages, risks and prospects and I decided to undergo surgery, which was performed under general anesthesia.

The operation was successful, without any pain or postoperative problems (related to anesthesia).

After a few hours I already got up, the same day they removed my blindfold and I had already gained 1/10, how exciting!

The next day I was discharged, and I returned home by train.

I recovered my daily life immediately, with a few days of rest and appropriate care.

Now (six months after surgery) I am rigorously following therapy ,but I have no specific difficulties and obstacles (only some discomfort related to the sun and summer heat).

The eye is slowly improving, even someone asks me what has happened since the color is back like the other (before the opacity was so obvious that the two eyes seemed different color!) and at each check-up visual acuity earns some points (after six months I see 7/10 versus 1/10 in advance).

I thank Dr. Badalà for guiding me to this decision with the serenity which me and my family needed, and how he continues to guide me in the post-transplant course.