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Do you have to stay in the hospital overnight after orbital fracture surgery?

Do you have to stay in the hospital overnight after orbital fracture surgery?

Not usually: Generally, fixing an orbital fracture is a pretty quick procedure where you can go home the same day. You should expect some swelling for a day or two, but it tends to go down pretty quickly. Pain is also quite manageable, making this a very reasonable outpatient procedure.

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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What can be expected after orbital fracture surgery?

What can be expected after orbital fracture surgery?

Restoration: The integrity of the orbit is essential for proper muscle action of the muscles controlling the eye and vision

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Is blowout surgery for a lower orbital fracture is day surgery or major surgery?

Is blowout surgery for a lower orbital fracture is day surgery or major surgery?

Depends: If the fracture is small then it is a one day surgery where you can go home later that same day. If it is a large fracture or other structures are affected then you may be in the hospital for a few days or longer. It really depends on the extent of the fracture.

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I heard that I may have an orbital fracture w/ entrapment. Do I need surgery for that?

I heard that I may have an orbital fracture w/ entrapment. Do I need surgery for that?

Orbital Fracture: Greetings. By definition an orbital fracture with entrapment becomes a surgical consideration in the right patient. First you would need to have double vision with upward gaze. Also your eye movements would need to be limited because of the fracture limiting muscle movement. A CT image is usually needed prior to surgery. Finally seeing an experienced board certified surgeon is recommended. GL

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Is a headache normal after having surgery on a orbital fracture? How long before the pain goes away?

Is a headache normal after having surgery on a orbital fracture? How long before the pain goes away?

Common: Surgery has been done on an area of your body, the orbit, which is richly innervated with pain and other sensory fibers. These were disturbed in the injury and in the surgery and it will take a little while for it to feel normal. Your surgeon has probably prescribed something to deal with moderate pain, but if the pain is excruciating, contact the surgeon.

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What I if choose not to get the surgery for orbital fracture/entrapment? What are the long-term downsides?

Diploplia: If there;s entrapment, eventually there could be double vision, pain, and restrictive movement of the eyeball. It would be strongly recommended. However, if there is no entrapment, then it depends on the risk of entrapment occurring...

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Will surgery cure the numbness on my face caused by an orbital fracture?

Will surgery cure the numbness on my face caused by an orbital fracture?

No: Most likely not. Numbness is most likely due to involvement of the infraorbital nerve, which provides sensation to the front part of your cheek. Depending on when your injury took place, will most likely resolve with tincture of time, though some folks will always have some area of numbness.

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What to expect if orbital fracture surgery?

What to expect if orbital fracture surgery?

Swelling, bruising..: Depending on the type of fracture, you may have double vision, orbital pain, swelling, bruising and eye irritation for the sutures and numbness in the face and teeth. All of these should resolve with time, although some may be permanent, especially if present before surgery.

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What should I expect after an orbital fracture surgery?

Swelling/Irritation: After surgery for an orbital fracture, most patients will experience swelling, bruising, and irritation. These are typically short lived. Because these surgeries involve work around delicate structures of the eye, your surgeon will likely follow you closely initially to make sure there is not a reduction of vision as this may suggest compromise to the blood supply to the eye.

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For how long does orbital fracture surgery take to heal?

Rapidly: The facial area is well vascularized and a good blood supply enhances healing. Facial fractures, even which requiring surgical assistance heal rapidly, generally over a period of 1-3 weeks. There can be some minor symptoms which last several months related to re-organization of the disrupted nervous system in the injured area.

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What to do for dry burning eyes I have after having surgery for eye orbital fracture?

What to do for dry burning eyes I have after having surgery for eye orbital fracture?

Dry eyes!: Use artificial tears (consider preservative free) and oral omega-3's to make them more moist. Use the tear drops one drop 3-4 times a day, every day. If no improvement, then see your eye md for full diagnosis and treatment plans.

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Childrens hospital specialist will check eye socket fracture; will it be a plastic surgeon or eye doctor?

Childrens hospital specialist will check eye socket fracture; will it be a plastic surgeon or eye doctor?

Both?: Plastic surgeons have expertise in evaluating and repairing fractures of the facial bones, including the eye socket. Ophthalmologists (eye doctors) may evaluate the eyeball of an injured child with an eye socket fracture if there is any question about injury to the eyeball, itself, which can happen at the same time. Good luck.

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What are the most common symptoms of orbital fracture?

What are the most common symptoms of orbital fracture?

Varies by location: Orbital fracture is a vague term which includes several types of fractures. Symptoms could include double vision, blurry vision, pain, nose bleed, air in the orbit or cheek, etc. Some orbital fractures are basically without symptoms. You should be checked out by your eye md if you have any vision issues and see a ENT or plastic surgeon that treats facial fractures.

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Will orbital fracture kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will orbital fracture kill me if I don't get treatment?

No but other issues: It won't kill you to not repair an orbit fracture but you could have other problems. Unrepaired orbit fractures can lead to permanent double vision or cause the eye to sink down or back into the head. All eye socket fractures should be carefully evaluated by an eye doctor and a facial surgeon who does facial fracture repairs.

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How do you know if you have a orbital fracture below the eye?

How do you know if you have a orbital fracture below the eye?

Ct scan: Symptoms will possibly be Diplopia after blunt trauma and maybe numbness of the cheek and gum on the same side as the trauma. A ct scan will tell you definitively. Coronal views give the best info for evaluating the orbital floor

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If I blew my nose and my eye puffed up do I have a orbital fracture?

If I blew my nose and my eye puffed up do I have a orbital fracture?

Probably: Subcutaneous emphysema is a sign of a fracture of the orbit into one of the sinuses. A history of trauma to the bones of the orbit proceeding the symptom is consistent with this. If this occurs without trauma some type of bone erosion is occurring possibly neoplastic. An exam and possible surgical repair are indicated.

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What is the treatment for orbital fracture?

What is the treatment for orbital fracture?

Depends where it is: Any injury to the eye socket bones can be serious. Not all require surgical repair but it is essential that you have a complete eye exam to be sure there is no injury inside the eye. The decision on whether the fracture needs surgery depends on where it is, how large it is and whether it affects the nerves or muscle around the eye.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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