Vol. 43 No 1 Original Article PDF

Long-Term Results of Mini-Monoka Monocanalicular Intubation in the Repair of Canalicular Lacerations

Armida L. Suller, MD and Alexander D. Tan, MD


To report the epidemiology of canalicular lacerations and surgical outcomes of canalicular laceration repair with Mini-Monoka® (FCI Ophthalmics, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Cedex, France) intubation.


This is a retrospective interventional case series of patients who underwent Mini-Monoka® intubation in the repair of canalicular laceration from 2010 to 2015 at a tertiary state-owned hospital in Manila, Philippines. Patient demographics, surgical outcomes, and complications were analyzed.


Fourteen patients (12 males and 2 females) underwent Mini-Monoka® intubation for monocanalicular laceration. The mean age at presentation was 27 years (range, 16-47 years). The mean duration of follow-up was 2.92 years (range, 1.28-6.15 years). Canalicular patency was achieved in 12 out of the 14 patients (86%). None of the 12 patients experienced epiphora following stent removal resulting in a functional success rate of 100%. Two patients had punctal slitting (14%). Premature stent loss occurred in 2 out of the 14 patients (14%).


Mini-Monoka intubation is effective in maintaining the long-term anatomical patency of the lacerated canaliculus. It is a simple and minimally invasive procedure making it a safe and reasonable alternative to the traditional methods of canalicular repair.

Keywords: canalicular injury, canalicular laceration, canalicular trauma, Mini-Monoka, monocanalicular intubation