The entire team here at Pacific Retina Specialists is committed to patient wellness. That's why we provide ample information about the risks, benefits, and proper after care following surgical retina treatments of various kinds. By giving patients this info, they can make good decisions about their eye health and total wellness.
With that in mind, we'd like to consider the vitrectomy and what patients can expect as they recover from this kind of procedure.
A vitrectomy is a procedure in which the vitreous gel within the eyes is completely removed. With the gel removed, the eye surgeon is able to address any issues with the retina that may be present. To replace the vitreous gel, silicone oil and/or a gas bubble may be placed into the eye to help ensure proper healing of the treated retina.
The most common conditions that are treated using vitrectomy include:
It usually takes between 2 to 3 hours to perform a vitrectomy, and the procedure can be done using either local or general anesthetic.
Grogginess and discomfort immediately following surgery are normal as the effects of the anesthetic wear off. Patients will be asked to maintain a consistent position in order to keep the silicone oil or gas bubble in position and assist in the proper healing for the treated retina.
In some cases, patients may be asked to stay overnight in the hospital to be monitored.
After undergoing a vitrectomy, patients will typically be asked to avoid the following activities:
Your eye specialist will let you know when you can resume these activities again.
The most common side effects after vitrectomy include minor swelling around the eye, general eye discomfort, occasional eye pain, and itchiness or scratchiness around the eye area. The pain can be addressed using medications as directed by your surgeon.
The following side effects are serious and potential complications. If you experience the following, it's of the utmost importance that you speak with your eye surgeon as soon as possible:
Following a vitrectomy, patients will undergo a number of followup visits with their eye surgeon. Be sure to attend all of these as scheduled so your overall healing progress can be properly monitored.
For more information about vitrectomy and how it can address your eye condition and improve your overall eye health, be sure to contact our advanced retinal care center today. Dr. Parks and the entire team here at Pacific Retina Specialists looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best choices with regard to your overall eye health.
Great Gratitude to Dr. Parks and his staff for the gift of continued sight! I HIGHLY COMMEND AND RECOMMEND THEM!!!