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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 34 years experience
Removal...: Of vitreous, the gel of the eye. A pretty standard operation today.
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 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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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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