Refresher course and reference work in one

Text brings together a remarkably broad subspecialty with a wide range of pathologies and approaches

Leigh Spielberg

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020

Oculoplastic surgery is a remarkably broad subspecialty with a wide range of pathologies and approaches, from the simple blepharoplasty to the repair of complex traumatic cases.

Oculoplastic Surgery: Third Edition (Thieme), by Brian Leatherbarrow, succeeds in bringing it all together. Texts this size are usually collaborations, with each chapter being written by one or more contributors, but this book is a solo work, and the 700-page text reflects the author’s “more than 25 years of experience and multidisciplinary collaboration in treating patients with a wide spectrum of oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal conditions”.

It is comprehensive. Section I outlines the “Basic Principles,” both surgical and anatomical. It serves as both a refresher course and a reference work, delving into details such as the correct selection of suture needles and the refinement of suture techniques. Section II devotes 250 pages to eyelid surgery, from upper and lower eyelid entropion through thyroid-related eyelid retraction and facial palsy to the use of autologous grafts in ophthalmic plastic surgery. The crucial points of many procedures are illustrated with high-quality surgical photographs and, where necessary, detailed artwork by Philip Ferguson Jones, a highly skilled medical illustrator.

Cosmetic surgery is the topic covered in Section III, starting with “The Evaluation and Management of the Cosmetic Patient”, and then detailing blepharoplasty, complications of blepharoplasty and the management of brow ptosis. This section is likely to be of greatest interest to those ophthalmologists who have incorporated basic cosmetic eyelid procedures into their practice.

Section IV, “Orbital Surgery”, literally moves deeper, opening with a review of orbital disorders and then a chapter devoted to surgical approaches to the orbit. Thyroid eye disease also gets its own chapter. Sections V, VI and VI are devoted to Lacrimal Surgery, Socket Surgery and Trauma, respectively.

This book, which includes access to an eBook on MedOne, Thieme’s online platform, is appropriate for oculoplastic fellows, plastic surgery fellows with a particular interest in the upper face, ambitious residents and ophthalmologists who perform extraocular surgery at any degree of complexity, from simple to spectacular

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