SutureGroove Gold Eyelid Weights
are SutureGroove™ Gold Eyelid Weights?
SutureGroove™ Gold Eyelid Weights are surgical devices used
by surgeons to treat lagophthalmos. Lagophthalmos is the inability
to close, or poor closure, of the upper eyelid. It’s a form
of facial paralysis.
What makes SutureGroove™ unique are the suture channels manufactured
into the weight. These channels are designed to hold or fixate the
sutures used by your surgeon during surgery. Many experts believe
these grooves allow the surgeon to better attach and hold the weight
How long have surgeons used gold weights
for the treatment of lagophthalmos?
Gold eyelid weights have been used for over 30 years in the treatment
Why are the weights manufactured from gold?
Is the gold safe?
Each weight is made from 99.99% gold (pure gold). Pure gold is
an excellent material because it is biologically stable and inert.
Because the gold will never break down, your surgeon can always
remove it if deemed necessary. As previously stated, gold has been
used for decades for the treatment of lagophthalmos and is recognized
by experts as an extremely safe and effective device material. If
you have a known sensitivity or allergy to gold, notify your physician
How does the gold weight work when implanted?
It’s very simple. The appropriate implant ‘weight’
will be selected your physician. When implanted into your lid margin,
the weight will essentially allow earth’s gravity to gently
pull your eye closed when your muscles relax. However, this will
not affect your ability to open your eye…. when you tense
the muscle, your eyelid will open normally.
What happens during surgery? How is the
gold weight implanted?
Gold eyelid weight surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia
in an outpatient setting. Previous to the day of the surgery, your
physician will have selected the appropriate gold weight size for
your specific needs.
During the procedure, your physician will first make a small incision
in your eyelid, just above your eyelashes. This incision will allow
your physician to create a small pocket inside your lid for the
gold implant to rest. The weight will be secured to your lid with
sutures. Each weight contains small channels or grooves to house
the sutures below the surface of the implant. The incision is closed
with sutures. A protective pad will be applied to cover your eyelid.
What happens after surgery? What should
I expect regarding the function and appearance of my eyelid?
As always, your condition and progress will be closely monitored
by your physician. Following the removal of your eye protection,
you should be able to experience normal blinking and eyelid closure
Like any surgery, the incision will take time to heal. If you experience
significant discomfort or swelling around the incision, contact
your physician immediately.
Any questions or concerns you have about your surgery can best
be answered by your surgeon. You can best insure the best outcome
for your procedure by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions.