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A 23-year-old male asked:

I had 3 retinal detachment surgeries. the first was the scleral buckle then it tore from traction due to scar tissue. it tore a second time they then did the silicon oil method to help. when finished will i ever be able to get the buckle taken off?

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Dr. George Yanik
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
without a completed dilated exam and review of your eye history that question is not able to be answered in this forum, it is best to ask your retinal surgeon.
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Dr. Daniel Rosberger
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Unfortunately your scenario is not that unusual. Because of scarring (PVR), it sometimes takes several procedures to fix a detachment. Eventually you will need to remove the silicone oil, but it is rarely a good idea to remove the scleral buckle. Usually, once the buckle is implanted, it is preferable to leave it in place unless there is a compelling reason to explant it.
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Last updated Jul 25, 2021


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