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my friend was told she needs to get a vitrectomy. what is it?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Removal...: Of vitreous, the gel of the eye. A pretty standard operation today.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Microsurgery: A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of the eye. A tiny cutting instrument is used as well as a fiberoptic light. . A variety of other instruments, such as a laser may be used, depending on the circumstances. The operation is usually performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient.

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What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although the vision may remain blurred for days or weeks after surgery, floaters should be gone and ultimately three vision should be better.
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Is there a difference between female sexual arousal disorder and dysfunction?

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My daughters doctor says she has HSP what should I do now?

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Broken tibia of a 71 year old female--will it heal well?

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Why is it more difficult for an eighty year old woman to recover from the flu than a thirty year old?

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