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Why do some vitrectomy procedures use silicone oil and others a gas like c3f8?

Why do some vitrectomy procedures use silicone oil and others a gas like c3f8?

Retinal detachments: Gas is usually injected into the eye after vitrectomy performed for primary retinal detachments . Different gases have different retention times. Silicone oil is usually reserved for recurrent detachments especially when associated with fibrosis causing traction referred to as pvr. ...Read more

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Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically rubber-like, they are used medically in breast implants and to replace arthritic mp ...Read more


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Why do some vitrectomy procedures use a gas like c3f8 and others use a fluid like silicone oil? Is there a permanent replacement for the lost gel?

Why do some vitrectomy procedures use a gas like c3f8 and others use a fluid like silicone oil? Is there a permanent replacement for the lost gel?

See below: You do not need your vitreous jelly (if anything, it only potentially causes retinal problems). Tamponade agents, like c3f8 gas and silicone oil, are used to treat retinal detachments and macular holes. Gas disappears after a few weeks, oil lasts until removed surgically. ...Read more

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My partner and I use coconut oil as lubricant for anal sex. Is this okay? We tried water-based and silicone-based and both worked less efficiently.

My partner and I use coconut oil as lubricant for anal sex. Is this okay? We tried water-based and silicone-based and both worked less efficiently.

OK, but...: Oil will degrade any condom making them unreliable for prevention of disease. Coconut oil has no ability to prevent any std. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use silicone gel/sheets or vitamin E oil for scar treatment while breastfeeding? will either help with a keloid?

Is it safe to use silicone gel/sheets or vitamin E oil for scar treatment while breastfeeding? will either help with a keloid?

Safe but ineffective: While these are indeed safe to use while breastfeeding, spend the money buying a toy or cute outfit for your new baby as they will not be very effective in treating keloids. See a dermatologist for more appropriate options for your keloids. ...Read more

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How long after a vitrectomy does it take for the silicone oil bubble to be surgically removed and vision to return?

How long after a vitrectomy does it take for the silicone oil  bubble to be surgically removed and vision to return?

This depends: This depends on the stability of your retinal problem and the practice of the doctor. For certain problems, like retinal detachment from proliferative vitreoretinopathy silicone oil is left in 6-12 weeks. This is a minimum. Patients with "severe" problems can have silicone kept in for much longer. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How does silicone oil left in my eye after detached retina surgery affect my sight?

How does silicone oil left in my eye after detached retina surgery affect my sight?

Farsighted: Silicone oil induces far sightedness while it is in the eye. This will be reversible when it and when is removed. ...Read more

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Can I use silicone sheets on my scar even though I had collagen injections?

Can I use silicone sheets on my scar even though I had collagen injections?

Probably not.: If you injection was for depressed scar, the collagen injection was to imcrease volume under the scar.Normally, you use silicon sheetng as a prevention of hypertrophic scar.I will ask this question to your treating doctor. ...Read more