Dr. Arturo Ruiz, ophthalmologist of the Ocular Surface and Cornea Department, participated in the latest edition of the DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) WetLab course organized by the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) in Rotterdam.
What is DMEK?
DMEK is an innovative refinement technique for endothelial keratoplasty developed by NIIOS. This procedure allows the selective replacement of the affected Descemet membrane, including its endothelium. In addition to unprecedented visual results, this procedure offers other advantages, such as a near perfect restoration of the corneal anatomy, low complication rates and promising graft survival rates.
NIIOS Academy developed these techniques internally and organizes regular WetLab courses aimed to general ophthalmologists and cornea surgeons who are interested in performing DMEK procedures.
Participation of Dr. Ruiz in the DMEK WetLab course
Dr. Ruiz participated with 7 other surgeons from around the world in the latest edition of this exclusive course to learn first-hand the techniques developed by NIIOS. During the course, he learned the details, protocols and experiences of this procedure from a prestigious team of corneal surgeons. Throughout two days, participants attended live DMEK surgeries at the Melles Cornea Clinic in Rotterdam. In addition, they had scientific presentations, which included specific cases starting from the preoperative selection of the graft, through the intraoperative graft unfolding and the management of postoperative complications.