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what are the risks of having a vitrectomy?

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Dr. Ajay Gupta
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Vitrectomy risks: Endophthalmitis (a serious intraocular infection of the eye) is the most concerning, but relatively rare. A retinal detachment, increased intraocular pressure, vitreous hemorrhage, and corneal edema are all possible. The incidence of each can vary depending on underlying problem for which vitrectomy is required.
Dr. Sheron Marshall
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Talk to your doctor: The retinologist should be able to discuss risks, benefits, and alternatives to vitrectomy before surgery. In general, risks include infection, inflammation, need for further surgery, retinal detachment, failure of vision to improve, and, commonly, cataract development. It often takes months for vision to reach a stable state after vitrectomy. Any questions, please discuss with your surgeon.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Discuss w/ Retina MD: The most common complication from a vitrectomy is progression of cataract. At your age of 44, that may not be a major factor. Other risks that occur less than 5% of the time are retinal detachment, and bleeding. Post-operative infections from vitrectomies are rare. Depending on what the underlying condition is that you have, there may be a risk of disease progression and need for further surgery.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How much does vitrectomy cost including consultation and check ups?

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Dr. William Constad
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Impossible to answer: Depends on where it is done, hospital or surgery center, what you might also need done, laser, membrane peeling, type of anesthesia you need, etc.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Any complications from a vitrectomy?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Vitrectomy risks: Vitrectomy is generally safe but risks include bleeding, retinal tear/break/ detachment, infection, cataract, increased or low intraocular pressure, pain, and glaucoma.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be to have a vitrectomy?

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Dr. Mabel Obeng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Depends: There is no real age limit for vasectomy however your doctor will make sure that you are certain of your desire not to have children before proceeding. For women, most doctors will discourage sterilization before age 30.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How should I prepare for a vitrectomy?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: Follow the instructions of your vitreoretinal surgeon. If you need to position after surgery (such as face-down for macular hole or retinal detachment surgery), there are companies that rent out positioning tables/devices.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What risks and complications are associated with a vitrectomy?

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Dr. Solomon Gelbart
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Serious risks: Vitrectomy is a surgical eye procedure that is usually done to repair a retinal tear or detachment or remove a membrane growing on the retina. Virtually everyone having a vitrectomy will get a cataract within 2 years. There is also a risk for further retinal damage or swelling that could seriously diminish vision. Carefully performed vitrectomy for correct reasons can restore damaged vision.

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