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MEDPOR & CORAL IMPLANT

anna

Subject: MEDPOR & CORAL IMPLANT

Hello, does anyone know what's the difference between those 2 implants? I am planning to have a surgery in 2 months and I am still thinking which one should I choose? Please let me know if you know. Thank you. Anka

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morpor and cysts

Bea

Subject: morpor and cysts

I had a morpor implant put in on Nov 4 2002 and I have had all sorts or problems getting my new eye to fit in fact I got another new one made 3 weeks ago now as the man I go to said it was not right and he gives a warranty. The follow week I got a extreme sharp pain in the outside corner of my right eye socket. it burns and stung and felt like a sharp knife was being stuck in there. I went up and took a bath soon after that as I was hurting and when I leaned over to splash water on my face I felt a pop behind my socket in the base. It felt like I had been hit right on my eye with a rubber band. The pain got worse and I went to doctor the next day and he said he thought it was a cyst that broke. That this type of implant tends to cause cysts and if you get one you will (or could) get another one. As they tend to fill up again and then break. I am now having a lot of sinus drainage and I wandered if this was from the inflammation draining out as that fluid had to go somewhere. They told me to not be alarmed if this happened again and blood drained down my face out of tear ducts. I said I would be alarmed.

Has anyone had this happen and does it make sense does it sound like I am having a reaction to the morpor?

Thank you for listening and I would appreciate any help I am in a small town and I am sort of an "odd duck" for the doctor I have to remind them that a plastic eye can not see. when they say "oh do the best you can" so I do not get too much help here. bea--nffms@Yahoo.com

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Subject: Center Peg?

DO any of you have the center peg?

My doc says that after the peg is installed-(in a year)-that I will have about 100% mobility.

Is this true?

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kelycasy

I have a peg in my implant, but I wouldn't say it gives me 100% mobility. I do get a lot more movement with it, though. In fact, there is so much movement, and it looks so natural, that my doctors made a video of it to show other patients what they could expect.

One word of advice - ask your doctor about getting a sleeved peg. The first peg I got was not sleeved and after about a year it started to be pushed forward and out. It was replaced with the sleeved peg, and I haven't had any problems with it. I was one of the first patients to get the sleeve, which was new back in 1992.

I would recommend the peg to anyone thinking about it. Good luck!

Nancy

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roadrunner

I have an appointment next week to get the peg. It's been 1 year for me, and although I do get pretty good movement, I want the peg anyway. I will keep you posted. Thanks for the info on the "sleeve", I will definitely ask about that when I go in.

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Chris

Hey, guys,

Concerning that "peg", do you need a whole new implant?? Is that peg attached to the coral implant?? I've had the same silicone beads implant for 25 years, and I'm SURE that my doc would NEVER allow me to voluntarily opt for removing it (I reject nearly everything and I'll allergic to so much).

So, any info on this peg would be GREATLY appreciated! I have ZERO movement, btw... Thanks! ~Chris~

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j6044

The way I understand =the peg is inserted into the coral implant after about a year. I guess they drill through the eye muscles that are wrapped around the implant. I've only had my implant since December, so that's about all I know about it so far. As far as the method of actually attaching it to the coral I have no idea.

My question is this= Once the peg is inserted, doesn't that make it impossible to remove the prosthesis for cleaning?

If anyone can shed some light on this, it would be greatly appreciated...

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kelycasy

Hey guys, I hope I can shed a little more light on getting the peg, and how it works.

This may be more information than you want, but it's how mine was done. I lost my eye in August of 1992. By the end of December of '92, the implant was vacularized, so I had the peg put in. I was taken to the operating room, given what I guess you could call "twilight" anesthesia, where you're not knocked out like general anesthesia, but you don't remember anything. The doctor then drilled a hole in the center of the implant and inserted the peg. Believe it or not, they used a regular power drill.

The next step was to go back to the ocularist to have my prosthesis adapted for the peg. All he had to do was drill a small hole in the back of it to accommodate the peg. It's a little tricky to do, because the hole in the back must be positioned so that when the prosthesis sits on it, the eye is looking straight.

After awhile, the peg started to extrude, or be forced out. The solution was to get the sleeved peg. They tried to do it in the doctor's office (I won't tell you the details of this!!) but were unsuccessful. So it was back to the operating room for another quick drill, and the new sleeve and peg were in.

Having the peg makes no difference in removing your prosthesis. It pops out just as easily. The only difference is putting it back in, as you have to get it on to the peg, but it just naturally seems to do that.

Again, I have had such good results from the peg that I would really encourage anyone to consider it. My eye movement is so natural now that it fools everyone. The doctors were so pleased with the results that they took lots of pictures, and even a video, to show how good it looks. Every time I went back to Wills for follow-up, all of the residents were called in to see it.

I hope I've helped with your questions. If you have any more, fire away!

Nancy

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Starter

Subject: ?

I don't have the peg, and my eye barely moves any at all, would the peg help me????? Mine doesn't seem to move as good as other peoples for some reason. I try to strengthen my muscles by moving my eyes around a lot when I'm by myself, but I haven't really noticed any difference. Is there anyone else in here, who hardly had any movement to begin with, and the peg helps pretty good????????

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does the peg method work or not

Bea

Subject: does the peg method work or not

I was told that the peg method caused more infections does any one have this and what do you think

thanks bea nffms@yahoo.com

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Michael Best

Subject: Does a Peg work?

I don't know. I am going to a specialist in Charlotte, NC. the first week of June. I will certainly ask that question. Michael Best Fayetteville, NC

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guest

I was thinking about getting the peg, but my ocularist told me that it is more trouble than it is worth. So many people have a lot of trouble with it. My eye doesn't move perfectly, but I don't need anymore problems with my eye. So, I am taking his advise and forgo the peg. I just have to get used to this eye. Actually it looks much better than my ugly real eye, so no more complaining from me. At least it is the same color as my good eye...................

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kelycasy

Bea,

I've had the peg for almost 12 yrs now. It was put in about 6 months after I lost my eye. It was pretty new back then. In fact, I was one of the first people to get the sleeved peg. The first peg I got had to be replaced because it started to push out. Since I've had the sleeved peg, I've never had a problem.

I get excellent movement with the peg and, personally, couldn't imagine not having it.

I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have about it.

Nancy

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High WBC and coral implant question

rzalone

Subject: High WBC and coral implant question

I have a coral implant. My WBC(white blood count) is unusually high-ranges from 12,800 to 17,800. This has been this way(noticed) since 01/2004. My doctor doesn't think its a problem. Had all my liver scans and abdomen CT-no metasizes. Could the WBC be high and this is my normal because my body is constantly fighting the "foreign bodies"-both the coral implant and the prosthesis? I have an older brother that was diagnosed with leukemia and I was tested to see if I had it or if I could be a stem cell donor for him. This is when I noticed the blood work being out of whack.

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Another peg question!

Starter

Subject: Another peg question!

Hey friends, when I put my finger on my eye lid, and move my eyes around, and feel the implant move, it doesn't seem to move that much..... I was just wondering if I get the peg, if my eye would move more than what it feels like it moves???? Maybe one of you guys could test this out for me????????? Thanks. J.

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kelycasy

Hi Jarrod,

Yes, your eye will move more than it seems to be moving now, without the peg. It has something to do with the peg projecting the movement of the implant. It's physics, or something!

When are you scheduled to get the peg? How have you been feeling about things in general? Hope all is well.

Nancy

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Starter

Thanks for the reply kelcasey, but what I meant exactly was, I don't have an eye made yet, I have to get a new one, I was just feeling of the implant moving without an eye on it. Sorry, I should have been more specific. My bad. J.

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Chris

Yeah, J,

I was going to ask, "I thought you DID get the peg??"...

I was wondering how you're feeling these days too. Hope you're feeling okay. Are you still getting in your exercise? When are you due to get the prosthesis? Hope you're feeling good.... Take care & let us know how your progressing!

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Starter

I'm going to Nashville tomorrow to get my new prosthesis.......

I'm still exercising as well, it's one of my favorite things to do.

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peg..........

guest

Subject: peg..........

Hi everyone, First time here. I had an artificial eye put in place of my blind eye in March. I am not very happy with the movement. I was thinking of getting the peg. I don't know too much about it, but my Dr. said he does not recommend it. He says it causes a lot of problems. Can I please have some feedback about the peg from people that like it and from ones that don't like it. Do you really get more movement with it, and is it worth all the trouble to get it? I should probably be happy with the movement I have now. At lease I don't have the terrible pain I used to have in that eye before my operation. But, I guess I just want to look "normal" too. When I look to the right and left I look like I am crossed eyed. Makes me very self conscious. And Looking up freaks me out. Thanks for listening.............

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Starter

Subject: .........

Dear guest,

Maybe I can help you out here...... I'm currently in a similar situation, my eye didn't move very much, but my implant has decent movement. My eye is currently in a thousand pieces, due to a shotgun blast administered by yours truly, I become very angry, very fast when it comes to slacking movement in prosthetic eyes! But I figure, if your implant moves in a superior fashion to the prosthetic, then logically, the movement of the implant should be transferred to the prosthetic, increasing the movement! I'm going to get a new eye made after I get the peg, which I'm going to talk to the doctor on the 1st to set up an appointment for the procedure! I'm confident the movement will increase to the maximum amount of movement my implant has, and yours. F*ck the risks of infection, at least in my case, but if the infection concerns you, then put a lot of thought into your decision! I'm going to do it, the risks are low and I think the success will be well worth the while! I support you in whatever you decide! The others and I are here for your support!

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kelycasy

Hello, and welcome to the board!

Regular readers of the board know I'm a big supporter of the peg. I got mine as soon as it was medically feasible, about six months after I lost my eye, which was 12 yrs ago. I have been extremely happy with mine and can't imagine not having it.

Check out the link that Jarrod provided in another post, if you haven't already. And don't let your doctor discourage you. I think the benefits of having the peg far outweigh any of the risks.

As Jarrod said, we are all here to help and support you with whatever decision you make. I would be happy to answer any questions you have, either here, or by private message.

Good luck and best wishes to you, Nancy

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guest

Hi, thank you starter and Kelycasy for answering my post. This is a very hard decision for me to make.........I have a few months before I see my Dr. again.........I hope I will be able to make up my mind then. It sort of sounds weird to have a metal peg in my eye, it sounds like that would be very uncomfortable. We were also told as kids to be careful not to get anything in our eyes, now I am thinking about getting a metal peg in my eye..........I guess when you get used to it, it doesn't hurt anymore......I wish I knew how much movement I will get with it, and then if I didn't like it, I could get it taken back out. The insurance paid for my operation and artificial eye, but it will not pay for the peg because it is cosmetic. Well, thanks again for listening..............

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Starter

Subject: Maybe this will help.........

In a best case scenario, this is what will occur with the peg, but I don't know anyone that has movement this good///// click this link to see///// http://www.texaseyeplastics.com/enucleation.htm scroll to bottom of the page!

Remove your prosthesis, and put your finger on your eye, and look around..... You should be able to feel the movement in your eye, and get a better idea! If that isn't enough, put your finger on your eyelid of your good eye and move it around, and compare the movement of both to access the movement ratio between the two. Peace. J.

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kelycasy

Just to reassure you, the peg doesn't hurt at all. You can't feel it. And there was only minimal discomfort from the procedure.

I know that now they are using a titanium peg. They were just starting to do the peg when I got mine and it's plastic. My doctor was so pleased with the resulting movement that they did a video tape of me showing how well my prosthesis moves. Don't try to make a decision about it now. We will be here to support you and answer any questions that come to your mind.

All the best to you, Nancy

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question about injury to implant

wizard

Subject: question about injury to implant

I have had an implant and artificial right eye for about 7 years now and have not had very many problems until now....

a week or so ago I was attacked while in my truck (they were trying to steal my truck) at which time I was punched in my artificial eye at an angle. the eye actually was knocked out and fell into the floor board of my truck. I was able to get away from them but had a little swelling in my eye socket from the impact of the punch. I called the specialist I use and since the swelling went down and the pain stopped and since there appeared to be no actual "damage" I did not go in and have it checked at that time...

I may have made an error in not doing so because over the last week or so it has gotten a little swollen at times and I have been having a lot more discharge then I remember in the past.

I don't see any damage to anything on the outside but my question is this: has anyone here ever had any sort of impact to their eye which caused any damage to their implant?

I have an appointment to see my specialist tomorrow and will post the results after I see him but I was just curious if anyone else has ever had any damage to their implant from anything and if so what was required to correct the problem....

thx.....Darrell

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rzalone

Wizard-I've not injured my eye socket/implant. I would still see the specialist anyway. You might even want to visit the ER. X-rays or an MRI should show if there are any problems. Better safe than sorry. Glad to hear you're otherwise OK. Hope the "idiots" were caught and prosecuted. Good Luck.

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wizard

saw the doctor today....actually was a great relief because even though still a little sore everything is ok with the implant...

as the people who tried to jack my truck...no one has been caught so far....I was driving through a parking lot when I got attacked....if I could have only been able to get the rear wheels of my truck moved over a few inches more when I sped up and he fell off the side catching him would not have been a problem cause my diesel pickup would have probably put him in a wheel chair....but I missed...and he ran off into the woods behind me....

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Is it worth of getting an implant?

JPH

Subject: Is it worth of getting an implant?

Hi,

I have been missing my left eye for about one and a half years now. I have an acrylic eye which eye can remove for washing etc. I also recently got a spare one from my oculist.

I now like to ask a question whether an implant is worth of the money, I know it is very expensive. Does it move properly or are there any other benefits?

My current eye does not move and it bothers me some times. My oculist also told me that there is a possibility with a traditional prosthesis wearer that the socket changes its form over time and then you cannot wear any eye at all and left with an eye patch.

Any opinions or experience?

Regards,

JPH

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chil

I would recommend an implant in principle JPH but you would need to get your surgeon to tell you exactly what the implant would achieve. You should find that it gives more bulk in the orbit so that you can have a smaller, lighter prosthesis. If you carry on without an implant, as I did for a few years after having one rejected, you will need increasingly bigger prosthesis and it is hard for the top lid not to droop. But find out as much as you can first. Best of luck! Chil

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JPH

Thank Chil,

Is the operation for implant similar to that of enucleation or harder/ more inconvenient? And how long is the recovery time? Enucleation in my case was to get rid of pain and as such of great relief. But I am not very keen to go through hospital and associated recovery episodes again.

And how long it is expected to look normal again?

JPH

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chil

Hi JPH

I would say that the operation for an implant is harder to get over than the enucleation. Having said that, when I had a secondary implant I took two weeks off work but only needed to take one. If by looking "normal", you mean have a prosthesis fitted which moves, I would say that you can't necessarily expect to look normal in that your eyes will look different from each other, but there are lots of people out there with natural eyes that don't match. The socket has to heal before a prosthesis can be molded and I would expect this to be about 6 weeks. It may be that surgeons in different parts of the world will differ in their practice. You'd have to be sure to ask all the questions in advance.

I was told that an empty socket was not an option because eventually you would get problems like in growing eyelashes. But they give you a small clear plastic conformer which allows the eye to close over it.

I don't envy you having to make decisions. There's loads of different knowledge and experience on this board, though and I hope we'll collectively help. All the best Chil

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Info on orbital prosthesis mounted on magnets please!

Val

Subject: Info on orbital prosthesis mounted on magnets please!

Hi, just found this great site even though I lost my eye in 96! Recently had to have my socket removed also which means I need to have a full orbital prosthesis. I have four titanium implants so the prosthesis can be mounted on magnets. Have had several prostheses made locally here in Ireland none of which have worked out. All of them have been very disappointing cosmetically as well as causing irritation or falling off! Looking into going to Gothenberg in Sweden now to an anaplastologist there. Have met lots of people with artificial eyes but none with this kind of prosthesis (eyelids and surrounding tissue as well) so have no idea about how a prosthesis should or could look. Wondering if there is anyone here with this type of prosthesis and where they got it made and how happy they are with it? I'd be so grateful to make contact with a few people in similar situations.

Thanks, Valerie.

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irishangel

Hi Val,

I'm not to sure about the scope of the surgery you are talking about, but I know there are a few members on here who have had adnexal surgery on top of their enucleation for cancer etc, and maybe they would have more of an insight.

Welcome to the board anyway, I hope you find it useful!

Whereabouts in Ireland are you from?

Take Care,

Elizabeth

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Val

Thanks Elizabeth,

I'm from Cork, working in Limerick now.

The surgery I had was basically to have four titanium implants drilled into the bone around the socket and magnets attached to the end of them. It was pioneered by Prof. Branemark from Sweden which is where I'm hoping to go for the prosthesis and some follow up medical work on the implants. The prosthesis is difficult because its obviously more unusual and the Irish ocularist that I'm seeing has had huge problems trying to make one that both fits and looks remotely realistic!

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is the implant a good option for me?

swathiyyy

Subject: is the implant a good option for me?

hey everyone,

I'm Swathi...20 yrs old. I was born blind in the right eye...but the docs realized it only when I was 3, when I went for a regular checkup. As I grew older, the bad eye was beginning to shrink in size and was watering all the time....so much that it was affecting the good eye and that's when (when I was 13)the docs removed the bad eye. Since then I've had a prosthetic eye. My 1st prosthesis was very bad...the color didn't match not even the size. Now I have a prosthesis which looks OK...but there is no movement whatsoever and the eyeball looks upwards which makes it really odd. My ocularist says its because my lower eye lid was drooping because it could not bear the weight of the prosthesis for so many years.

I was wondering if having the implant with the peg would do me any good....whether there will be good movement in the eye. I've had a tough time at school because of the eye and I don't mind going through the process of having an implant and am willing to take the risk of any infection. Since I'm in India, I'll have to travel to the states for this. Could anyone please tell me how much the whole procedure costs and how long it'll take for me to have the implant and the peg(I'll have to plan the duration of my stay there). I have a sister living in California (Santa Clara), so I'll be grateful if anyone could refer to me any good docs in that area.

I've found this site extremely helpful. And the people here are so comforting and encouraging. I'm so glad I found it.

Swathi.

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Marmalade

Nobody can say if the procedure would work for you except for an eye doctor. I first had a plastic implant which they say my body rejected and I had it replaced with a much better one about 3 years ago. The healing time is a matter of weeks but they wouldn't drill the peg hole for at least 6 months and sometimes, as with me, they won't do it at all. It just depends on you and the way your body deals with it.

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swathiyyy

thanks for replying marmalade.

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