Small Incision External Levator Repair

  • Mark J. Lucarelli


External levator repair is a time-honored method of correcting ptosis. Such surgery is performed frequently by specialists who specialize in significant amounts of eyelid surgery. Achieving predictable, aesthetically appealing results can sometimes, however, be challenging. Hence, alternatives such as the conjunctival muellerectomy have found an important place in the surgical eyelid armamentarium. This section provides a number of guidelines that have been helpful to me in achieving more consistent results with an external levator repair utilizing a smaller incision and limited dissection.


Prolene Suture Eyelid Margin Proper Patient Selection Monitor Anesthesia Care Eyelid Surgery 


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Further Reading

  1. Lucarelli MJ, Lemke BN. Small incision external levator repair: technique and early results. Am J Ophthalmol 1999;127:637–644.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. Lucarelli
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WisconsinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesOculoplastics ServiceMadisonUSA

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