LSUHSC microsurgeon performs 1st ever eyelid reattachment

New OrleansLouisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans will hold a press conference on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. (CDT) to announce that Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, has made medical history by reattaching the right upper eyelid that had been ripped off as the dog of a 22-year-old patient snapped at her face and caught her eyelid. A check of the worldwide medical literature and the leading experts in the field, supports the belief that this was the first time an eyelid was successfully microsurgically reattached. If the surgery had been unsuccessful, as the options for a total eyelid reconstruction are very limited, there would have been a high risk of losing her eye due to corneal damage.

Alyssa Kieff, who with her family will participate in the press conference, was rushed to the Emergency Room at West Jefferson Medical Center with the eyelid on April 3, 2004. Home alone when the accident happened, Kieff had the fortitude to retrieve her eyelid and put it on ice, as well as to stay conscious until the paramedics arrived, more than an hour later. LSU Health Sciences Center Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi was on call. Khoobehi, who specializes in Microsurgery and Aesthethic Surgery, along with LSU Health Sciences Center Plastic Surgery resident, Dr. Nassif Soueid, set to work to reattach the 1 - inch long, wide piece of paper-thin skin, muscle, connective tissue, eyelashes, and glands, with its network of tiny blood vessels. During the six-hour microsurgery, they also reconstructed the tear duct which was traumatized in the accident as well. Using 20 times magnification (the typical magnification at which microsurgery is performed is 4-7 times), the procedure was especially challenging because of the damage inflicted by the violent tearing and the size of the surgical instruments not made for such a delicate pr

Contact: Leslie Capo
Louisiana State University Health Science Center

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