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A 48-year-old member asked:

i want to get a vitrectomy. how safe is it?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Very safe : If a vitrectomy is needed, it is very safe. There is small risk of bleeding, infection, retinal issues, and other problems though.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
It Depends: Barry: every surgery has risks. It would be helpful to know what the underlying retinal condition is, to balance risks vs. Benefits. The risk of complications such as a retinal detachment or infection is rare, but they need to be taken into consideration when making a decision to proceed. Finally, the skill, training, and your trust in your retinal surgeon is a major factor. Good luck.
Dr. Johnstone Kim
Retinal Surgery 14 years experience
Depends : Most of the time vitrectomy is a safe procedure. It really depends on the reason for the surgery. If you have a complex retinal detachment, the surgery can be more difficult, if it is a surgery to specifically remove vitreous debris such as hemorrhages, it can be much simpler. Remember the risks which can include detachment, bleeding, infection, loss of vision, need for more 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 31-year-old member asked:

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.

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