We developed a novel surgical technique to treat punctal stenosis involving the placement of three interrupted sutures after rectangular three-snip punctoplasty (TSP).
Retrospective chart review of forty-eight eyes of 44 patients who underwent rectangular TSP with three interrupted sutures was performed. We investigated whether anatomical recurrences (re-stenosis) occurred during the follow-up period. The subjective symptoms of patients were surveyed.
The mean patient age was 64.1 years, and the mean follow-up time was 17.4 months. The placement of three interrupted sutures after rectangular TSP afforded satisfactory outcomes. Regarding subjective symptoms, 91.7% of the eyes (44/48) were reported as improved. Among 4 eyes determined as symptomatic failure, anatomical recurrence (re-stenosis of the punctum) was observed in only one eye. The other three (6.25%, 3/48 eyes) showed functional nasolacrimal obstruction, namely epiphora with patent tear duct.
Placement of three interrupted sutures after rectangular TSP to treat punctal stenosis showed promising results. Notably anatomical success rate was about 98%. Further comparisons between the novel surgical technique and conventional techniques are required.