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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Vitrectomy (Overview)

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 anesthesia as an outpatient.


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What is a vitrectomy?

What is a vitrectomy?

Surgical to back eye: Vitrectomy is a procedure, usually done by retinal specialists. in which the gel filling the back of the eye is carefully removed and saline inserted for replacement. It is performed as an aid to retinal re-attachment, removal of free blood, and a number of other retinal problems. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
484 doctors shared insights

Vitrectomy (Overview)

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 anesthesia as an outpatient.


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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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When does someone need a vitrectomy?

When does someone need a vitrectomy?

Depends: Vitrectomy is a surgery that involves entering the back of the eye and removing the vitreous. In addition, often membranes are peeled, laser performed, etc. The surgery is appropriate when there is a problem that can be fixed with this approach. Examples include: epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, etc. ...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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How many times can you have a vitrectomy?

How many times can you have a vitrectomy?

Depends: The vitreous gel structure is usually completely removed in total vitrectomy. It does not "regenerate". However, depending on the reasons for the 1st procedure. Repat surgeries are sometimes required to remove "peel" secondary scar tissue or inject various intraocular therapies. A challenging question ; best discussed with your surgeon as he knows your case. ...Read more

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How long does a vitrectomy procedure take?

How long does a vitrectomy procedure take?

Depends: On extent of vitreous/retinal disease: can range from 20minutes -1+hrs. ...Read more

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I want to get a vitrectomy. How safe is it?

I want to get a vitrectomy. How safe is it?

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. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have a vitrectomy?

How old do you have to be to have a vitrectomy?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a vitrectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a vitrectomy?

Depends: Recovery can be defined as the time to be free of symptoms, or the time when the vision is improved or restored. The time frame can be several weeks to several months. It also depends upon any underlying disease such as diabetes which can prolong recovery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vitrectomy?

What is the definition or description of: vitrectomy?

Microsurgery: 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 anesthesia as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Had hemmorhage, does this always result in a vitrectomy?

Had hemmorhage, does this always result in a vitrectomy?

No: It depends on the cause and the severity of the cause. Some vitreous hemorrhages clear on their own over time. Some need urgent surgery. Ask you retina specialist. ...Read more

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My friend was told she needs to get a vitrectomy. What is it?

My friend was told she needs to get a vitrectomy. What is it?

Microsurgery: 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 anesthesia as an outpatient. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with a vitrectomy?

What risks and complications are associated with a vitrectomy?

Serious risks: Vitrectomy is a surgical eye procedure that is usually done to repair a retinal tear or detachment or remove a membrane growing on the retina. Virtually everyone having a vitrectomy will get a cataract within 2 years. There is also a risk for further retinal damage or swelling that could seriously diminish vision. Carefully performed vitrectomy for correct reasons can restore damaged vision. ...Read more

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Question for those who have had a vitrectomy: was it worth it and what longterm problems?

Question for those who have had a vitrectomy: was it worth it and what longterm problems?

Depends on Factors: Modern vitrectomy techniques allow most operations to heal in a couple of weeks. That said, no surgical outcome is guaranteed. The success of the surgery depends on the underlying disease severity, duration of disease, and skill of the surgeon. One of the common complications of vitrectomy is cataract formation or progression. Hope this helps. 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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