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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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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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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
480 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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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?

Any age: Vitrectomy or a surgery to remove the jelly from the inside of the eye is done for many reasons. Typically they are done in older individuals, but it can be done at any stage of life! ...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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