Ignipuncture (Latin: Ignis (fire) + puncture) is the original procedure of closing a retina break in retinal separation by transfixation of the break with cautery. The procedure was pioneered and named by Jules Gonin in the early 1900s. Due to the risk of severe complications and availability of lasers for controlled delivery of energy, Ignipuncture became obsolete procedure, superseded by much safer techniques like endophotocoagulation using a laser system, since 1980s.


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