LaMEK – Pre-Cut Grafts for DMEK

Lamellar transplant techniques, in particular Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) have changed the field of cornea transplants. The vision of the patient recovers faster. An additional trauma, caused by stitching the donor’s cornea, is eliminated. The DGFG provides the only institution in Germany, where you can find pre-cut human corneal transplants for your DMEK transplantations. The transplants for DMEK come from the Tissue Bank Hanover or the Knappschafts Tissue Bank Saar in Sulzbach.

The pre-cut grafts for DMEK – Lamek – replaces the diseased endothelial layer of the cornea, that is affected by diseases of the corneal endothelium. At the time of the operation there must be no irreversible, optically-related clouding or scarring of the cornea of the recipient. The pre-cut graft may be used exclusively for DMEK. A DMEK is possible, among others, for the following disorders of the corneal endothelium:

  • Fuchs`corneal endothelial dystrophy
  • Forms of Bullous kerathopathy
  • Endothelium failure after already performed penetrating keratoplasty or Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Standardized production under aseptic conditions

  • Preparation by experienced personnel

  • Minimal risk of errors in the operating room

  • Delivery on time and ready to use

  • Reduction of preparation time in the operating room

  • Microbiological control after production

Viewing chamber: The prepared cornea rests with the endothelium side up on the carrier ring. The lamella is stripped off except for a central area. This point fixes the lamella to the stroma. The user can easily remove the lamella for the DMEK with tweezers.

Patient registration

You can register your patient into our database either online or by fax. We are happy to set up an online account for you with our database. Once a suitable transplant is available, you will receive a quote with all available information. For registration we require the patient data, the underlying disease, any other relevant diseases, and information about any previous surgery on the eye.

Costs and Transport

For the provision of a LaMEK graft, the DGFG calculates a uniform, tissue-dependent reimbursement of the expenses, with all the costs of the donation, processing and transport being paid. They are delivered by overnight courier (within Germany only, international delivery may vary). Prices are available upon request.

What you should know:

  • OP-Day, Monday to Friday
  • Diameter: 8.5 mm (special sizes are possible)
  • Minimum number of cells being shipped: 2.000/mm²
  • Delivery on the day of surgery (regulatory requirements do not allow delivery the day before)
  • Safe shipping in a practical shipping container: Viewing Chamber

LaMEK-Flyer zum Download

International Journal of Eyebanking 2018 Vol. 6, No 3

Pre-prepared Corneal Grafts for Facilitated Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) — Controlled and Standardized Manufacturing in the Eye Bank May Lead to Reduced re-DMEK Rates

Beitrag: Verwendung vorpräparierter Hornhauttransplantate für DMEK

Kenntnisstand zu Transplantatüberleben und klinischem Erfolg

Der Augenspiegel 09/2016

Vorpräparierte Hornhautransplantate für DMEK – Kontrollierte Herstellung in der Gewebebank

Beitrag: LaMEK macht die DMEK-OP sicherer

Vermittlung der 100. vorpräparierten Augenhornhautlamelle an einen Patienten aus Rostock