Corneal diseases: Testimonianze

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.

Stanislao Porrini, Teramo (Morro d'Oro)

Votazione: Eccellente
After two stem cell transplants for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, I had a cutaneous and a eye rejection, with corneal ulcers in both eyes and a corneal perforation in the left eye.

I underwent 14 operations at other facilitie... Continua a leggere la testimonianzas and contacted 8 well-known Italian professors, but all my hope was gone as everybody refused to perform surgery, because of the seriousness of my problem (1/20 in the right eye, nothing in the left: I was almost blind!).

The only one who give me a good advice was a dear doctor who suggest me to talk to Dr. Badalà, because he could perform a Boston Keratoprosthesis, that she considered my only chance to recover a few dioptres.

After the visit, Dr. Badalà proposed me a corneal transplant.

I underwent the transplant on Dec. 4, 2014, in Milan and was followed by Dr. Badalà and his fantastic team.

After surgery, which lasted 3 hours and a half under general anesthesia, I felt as if nothing had happened: no eye pain and no discomfort due to anesthesia.

I give top marks to surgery and clinic! I was discharged after just one night without any problem.

After surgery, for about ten days I did frequent follow ups, than one every 15 days and after that one every month.

Now,while I’m waiting for removing the stitches and reopening eyelids, I’m following the treatment given by Dr. Badalà and I can see the light through the slot left for the dressing!

For me it is a great progress and I thank the only one who took charge of this delicate problem. Besides being an excellent doctor, Dr. Badalà is a person with whom you can speak freely, as you talk with friends, he made me feel at home and he was always available for any explanation.

Gianna Lo Castro, Siracusa (Lentini)

Votazione: Eccellente
A few years ago I discovered I had a quite rare disease called "Fuchs' dystrophy," which affects the cornea.

I had troubles driving and was always seeing through the fog. The fog was getting worse and worse, making it... Continua a leggere la testimonianza difficult to distinguish different objects. I had great difficulty, even to watch TV.

I was considering myself on the way to blindness and was wondering how could I deal with my new "low vision status".  I did not give up and started looking around!

I finally found a specialist using cutting edge technology: Dr Badala. He explained me my condition and reassured me! Then he proposed a new corneal endothelium transplant called  DMEK. I finally decided and underwent surgery.

I faced some difficulties, like lying down supine for about 48 hours, but it was worth it! Now my low vision is just a memory!

I started to see immediately: everything was clear! I could even make out the pictures on TV! Coming back home, I saw my cat with its true colors in contrast: black and white, rather than an indefinite gray as before surgery !! So? !! ... Thanks a lot  Dr. Badalà!

Vittoria Monza, Milan

Votazione: Eccellente
After an unsuccessful corneal transplant (resulting from a trauma), my right eye was given up for lost. Subsequently I met Dr. Badalà, and he told me that an artificial corneal transplant surgery (Boston Keratoprosthesi... Continua a leggere la testimonianzas) would have restored my sight.

I had no doubts, in December 2011 I underwent surgery.  During the operation under local anesthesia, I did not feel any pain. I immediately went home at the end of the operation, sure that Dr. Badala would be available at any time.

The post-operation was without any complication. I immediately went back to my everyday life with some attention (at the time I was 69), happy with my sight back from an eye that I had given up for lost. The only thing to keep in mind is to be extremely scrupulous in following the eye drops treatment and, above all, do not miss the regular follow-ups.

Dr. Badala is extremely helpful. With his  assistance you do not feel left alone! This point is very important .... And for this reason I'm very grateful.

Serenella Sanna, Medio Campidano (Serrenti)

Votazione: Eccellente
In 2005, after a number of visits and exams, I was diagnosed with Cornea Guttata Corneal Dystrophy and, all doctors told me that the corneal endothelial cells were disappearing and was going to become blind.

I looked ... Continua a leggere la testimonianzafor second opinions in Sardinia, Italy and Spain, but the answer was always the same. One day my husband yelled at me “don’t give up and search the internet”. I went to my computer and searched: "Best Doctors for corneal dystrophy". I found Dr. Badalà and I decided to book a visit on March 10th, 2015.

I got to know Dr. Badalà in person: he reassured me and, with patience and simple words, explained a new technique of corneal transplant called DMEK.
He described the procedure step by step and told me I would have not become blind.
I did not know whether to cry or smile!

I underwent DMEK surgery on May 14, 2015. One month after surgery I could see colors clearly as I have not seen in years, since then at every follow-up (the last on January 26th, 2016) I keep receiving just good news.

I sincerely thank Dr. Badalà, for giving me hope and, most importantly, my sight back.

Piero Banna, Catania

Votazione: Eccellente
I underwent DMEK (an endothelian cornel transplant) in my right eye over a year ago. The corneal transplant was performed by Dr. Badalà.
My vision was very bad, 20/200 in the affected eye and it was bothering the visio... Continua a leggere la testimonianzan I had with my better eye, making it very difficult to use the two eyes together, specifically when driving.
I trust Dr. Badalà because of US training and said: “I’m at the last shore, even if the surgery doesn’t go well, this eye is only giving me problems”
All eye examination before and after the operation were performed in the excellent Eye center located in Catania.
The corneal transplant with the very new technique DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) was carried out in Milan in a private hospital, accredited with the National Healthcare,with state of the art equipment and was totally free of charge for me.
The surgery was under general anesthesia without complications. The only real problem, which was extensively explained by Dr. Badalà, is that I had to stay flat in bed for the first day with my head facing the ceiling. This is because the new endothelial cells transplanted are kept in place by a small air bubble. I was allowed to move every half an hour and from the next day I was allowed to go back to a normal life.
The time in the hospital - one night - was fast and warmed up by a very kind nursing team and frequent encounters with the doctor, who was always answering my questions, showing confidence and humanity.
No patching and fast progressive visual rehabilitation surprised me. Two months post-op. visual acuity was 20/40, similar to my better eye. Six months after visual acuity is 20/25 much better and clear than my “older” good eye.
When I went to buy a new pair of glasses my German optician, well-known in Catania, said: “I can’t believe it, it’s a miracle! Who’s the eye surgeon that made this new eye? Tell him he made a good job!”
I’m convinced that corneal transplant surgery is complex and requires high technology and a lot of experience, when a surgery like this seems simple and routinary, that means that the eye surgeon is really good.
Thank you Doctor Badalà, I’m starting to think seriously about getting a corneal transplant in the other eye.