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Date: Wed May 11 2:35 PM, 2005
RE: Artisan Implant performed
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Quintrix,


Man talk about somebody doing their homework! I think you've been looking into this procedure as well, your dead-on with everything. Some qualifying conditions have to be met as well, eyes have to have an anterior depth of at least 3mm, Endolithium cell count has to be at least 3000 and your pupil size has to be a certain size(I think it's no bigger than 4.5mm, but I could be wrong here) Also they want your current refraction to be "stable" for at least a year. These are all simple tests that are done before you can be considered for surgery.


I agree, why have they been waiting so long to do this? They've been doing this in Europe for over a decade with great results, even in cases of KC. Dr. Thomas Neuhann is one of the German pioneers in this procedure, at one time I thought of flying there to have it done and I talked to guy in Los Angeles who did so. His results were very outstanding and he said the beer over there was topnotch. I have always been very myopic both pre and post transplant and now we have an option to address this- at last!


Given the fact that this is an additive procedure also was attractive, anything that thins or weakens the cornea is not a good thing for us folks, I would be scared to death to have Lasik performed on my delicate corneas plus one shot is all they have with it, to be honest with you I would be scared to death to have Lasik even if I had thick healthy corneas!


I think the new c3-r treatment combined with new additive surgeries like IOL's and Intacs is an exciting option for us KC'rs. My doc is also hinting at doing Intacs later on in the non-transplant eye, this being considered due to the decentralized cone in an effort to lift the cone. We'll see but if I'm happy with the way things are I don't think I''ll consider it. For me this Implant surgery was an easy one to make I didn't want to return to wearing RGP's and I didn't want to wear "coke-bottle" glasses the rest of my life. This may not be for everyone but at least there are now changes and options becoming available to us. Back in the Jurassic age when I first got diagnosed there was glasses then RGP's and then the "cure all" transplant and then more than likely back to rgp's, we've come quite a ways since then.


Sajeev if your considering this I would advise you to go get pre-screened to see if your a candidate(If you haven't done so already) and if so then research your surgeon very carefully! not every surgeon is able to perform this to perfection, as it must be. Even if you have to travel I think it would be well advised. As always if there is anything I can help you with feel free to ask.


Michael    



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Date: Wed May 11 2:51 PM, 2005
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Hari


Thank you for the welcome, I intend to be as open as possible about my experience whether good or bad and I will do my best to present it as honestly as I can. I know the value and potential this surgery may have and I want to be as truthful about it as possible in the hopes someone else can benefit. I know how it is to live with this disease, the ups and downs and constant changes that go with it, it's a lifetime battle and I know tommorow may bring success or failure. I truly hope this is a success not only for myself but for anyone else who maybe a candidate for this. Win lose or draw I'll post how it works out!


Michael  



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Date: Wed May 11 4:15 PM, 2005
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Interesting overview from you Michael and seems things are going well.

The reason why this treatment was not progressed as fast.....or rather made more available was due to the 3 stages of FDA approval for the Lens implant. Its much easier to achive this in EU but harder in the states.

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Date: Wed May 11 6:50 PM, 2005
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Hi Michael,


I very much appreciate your outlook... I think the way you see your decision and the way you present it to us is outstanding. I'm sure we can all learn much from your experience.


Best of luck,


Hari



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Date: Sun May 22 3:58 AM, 2005
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Just returned form another checkup......good and bad news. Pressure has gone up sharply 38 in the right and 34 in the left,  this caused by the rather high doses of pred forte and now I will discontinue it in four more days, doc also put me on Betimol and Alphagen P to reduce pressure. He is now very concerned about this and wants to recheck it next friday. UCVA was 20/40 OD and 20/70 OS BCVA was 20/25 OS and 20/30 OD and I was given a script for glasses. One deep suture was removed from my left eye. Wounds are now all but healed and both graft and cornea are very clear and alive. A cell desity test was also done and revealed no significant loss of stem cells. Have to keep wearing eye patches at night and no heavy exertion.


Michael 



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Date: Sun May 22 2:51 PM, 2005
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Hey Micheal I think like with many things its just a matter of time so just hang in there mate....I know you have been waiting for this treatment for a long time and they do know about the "Temporary" side-effects and how to treat it for a very long time as well!...

I am absoulately sure that your Doctor is being very dilligent...

And I am sure you have read the link below about this...where its says that eye pressure is "Temporary"


And you have all my support, mate....

Please Click Here

All the Best

-- Edited by QuintriX at 14:56, 2005-05-22

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Date: Sun May 22 6:24 PM, 2005
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All the best Michael,


I am following your results with great interest-- Heres to your continued improvement


Regards,


Hari



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Date: Sat May 28 5:30 AM, 2005
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Just got back from a one month checkup today, pressure is down to 14 in both eyes and to continue on pressure reducing drops for one more month. BUCVA in left eye 20/50 right eye was 20/25 BCVA in left was 20/15 and right remained at 20/25. Astonished and amazed at visual acuity in left eye, I haven't seen this type of vision for 40 years and it keeps getting better. Will go for a refraction on tuesday for glasses and then it's back to work. No Dr. visit for a month unless something comes up.
I couldn't be happier with the results so far.
Michael

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