Conjunctival autografting with sutures versus without sutures in pterygium surgery: a prospective comparative study

  • Dr. Happy Kaur Lecturer, Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College Jammu, India
  • Dr. Manpreet Kaur Junior Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Dr. Babbar Maqbool Assistant Surgeon, Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Keywords: Pterygium, Conjuctival autograft, Sutures


Introduction: Pterygium is a degenerative condition of subconjunctival tissues that proliferates as vascularized granulation tissue to invade the cornea. Treatment modalities may be medical or surgical.

Objectives: The outcome studied in both groups in terms of operative time, postoperative symptoms, overall graft success.

Material and Method: Prospective, randomized, comparative study conducted on 50 patients over a period of one year in the upgraded Department of Ophthalmology at GMC Jammu. Group, I (25 eyes) underwent attachment of conjunctival autograft by 10-0 silk suture and group II (25 eyes) attachment done without sutures.

Results: Mean operating time was less without sutures (p-value = 0.0001, highly significant), the severity of Post-operative symptoms was more with suture. Graft successfully attached in both groups.

Conclusion: Present study concluded that both are effective methods but autograft without sutures associated with less operating time and less post-operative discomfort in terms of severity and duration


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DOI: 10.17511/jooo.2020.i02.02
Published: 2020-02-29
How to Cite
Kaur, H., Kaur, M., & Maqbool, B. (2020). Conjunctival autografting with sutures versus without sutures in pterygium surgery: a prospective comparative study. Tropical Journal of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, 5(2), 47-54.
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