Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is a technique for glaucoma surgery that attempts to minimize surgical trauma, thus reducing postoperative complications and possible complications.
MIGS glaucoma surgery
There are different techniques to proceed with this glaucoma surgery. The trabecular ones, which affect the area of greatest resistance to the passage of aqueous humor; and the minimally perforating ones, which have better results and consist of connecting the inner part of the eye and the subconjunctival space, allowing the reduction of intraocular pressure.
This ocular surgery is performed under topical anesthesia administered in the form of drops, and can be performed simultaneously with cataract surgery. Glaucoma surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, i.e. it does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Since the postoperative period does not require the eye to be covered, the patient can start anti-inflammatory treatment from the very beginning.
Risks of the MIGS glaucoma technique
Although it is a simple surgery, it is not without risk. Hemorrhage is the most frequent complication, although it is usually easily caught in the same procedure.
Who can undergo MIGS glaucoma surgery?
In principle, all people with a surgical indication for glaucoma and cataract, and who are not allergic to the implant material to be inserted.
Results of the MIGS glaucoma technique
The published results are very good, although the reduction in intraocular pressure is lower than with the usual filtering techniques. The individual assessment of each case by the ophthalmologist specializing in MIGS is essential to determine the suitability of the intervention and the most appropriate implant in each case.
A strong point in favor of this ocular surgery is the reversibility of the intervention. Since there is practically no damage to the tissues, in the event that the intervention is insufficient, another surgery can always be performed in the area without complications.