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Wouldnt pars plana vitrectomy reduce the risk of retinal tears or detachments due to vitreoretinal traction for someone with lattice and vitr degen?

Wouldnt pars plana vitrectomy reduce the risk of retinal tears or detachments due to vitreoretinal traction for someone with lattice and vitr degen?

Yes, but invasive: Your risk of tears or detachment is very low unless you are having flashes and have an enlarging area of lattice containing holes. The usual treatment in this case is laser not vitrectomy as vitrectomy itself carries risk of infection. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Vitrectomy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Any complications from a vitrectomy?

Any complications from a vitrectomy?

Discuss w/ Retina MD: The most common complication from a vitrectomy is progression of cataract. At your age of 40, 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. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a vitrectomy?

How should I prepare for a vitrectomy?

It Depends: Your expectations for visual recovery depend on what the condition is that you need the surgery for. As far as what to expect for the surgery itself, expect it to be done as an outpatient procedure under sedation. You will go home the same day with a patch on the eye, and you will be prescribed drops to help the eye heal. You may experience irritation, but it is usually not painful. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a vitrectomy?

What are the risks of having a vitrectomy?

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. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although the vision may remain blurred for days or weeks after surgery, floaters should be gone and ultimately three vision should be better. ...Read more

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What is vitrectomy surgery and how is it done?

What is vitrectomy surgery and how is it done?

Microsurgery: It is an outpatient operation in which microscopic instruments are used to remove the vitreous gel and manipulate other tissues. The surgery is done with the patient sedated, lying under a powerful microscope. As you can appreciate from the schematic, operating in that small space requires steady hands. The patient goes home with a patch and drops to help healing. It is usually not painful. ...Read more

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What is the stay like after vitrectomy surgery?

What is the stay like after vitrectomy surgery?

Depends on reason: Vitrectomies are performed for various diagnoses. Some will require positioning restrictions. Call your doctors office and check to see what they recommended for you. Take care. ...Read more

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What anesthesia would you have for a vitrectomy?

What anesthesia would you have for a vitrectomy?

See below: You could have general anesthesia or you could have intravenous sedation combined with a local anesthetic (e.g., retrobulbar). ...Read more

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I need to know what is vitrectomy surgery and how is it performed?

I need to know what is vitrectomy surgery and how is it performed?

See below: Pars plana vitrectomy (ppv) is performed using small instruments that pass through the white of the eye (scleral). The vitrector cuts up and aspirates the vitreous jelly. This allows access by the surgeon to the underlying retina for therapeutic surgical maneuvers like membrane peeling, laser application, and/or gas/oil tamponade depending on the diagnosis needing surgery. ...Read more

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How much does vitrectomy cost including consultation and check ups?

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. ...Read more

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