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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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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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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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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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Vitrectomy surgery; how can I clean crusty drainage?

Vitrectomy surgery; how can I  clean crusty drainage?

See below: Clean warm compresses used several times a day. Also, you can use a fresh bottle of artificial tear drops. ...Read more

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Vitrectomy surgery; how do you clean crusty drainage?

Eyelid discharge: After any kind of eye surgery can be removed by using a moist tissue or cotton pad. Use this to gently wipe away the crusting from the lids. If the crusting is hard, leave the moist compresses on your eyes for awhile. This will help to soften it up. ...Read more

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How do you clean crusty drainage after a vitrectomy surgery?

How do you clean crusty drainage after a vitrectomy surgery?

Ask retinal surgeon: There should not be a lot of drainage after vitrectomy, and this could be a sign of infection or leakage (rare). So, ask your surgeon about this. Sometimes crusting can also be a residue of postoperative eye drops. Usually a warm compress to the eyelids and gentle cleaning of the external lids can loosen and remove debris. This debris can also harbor bacteria, so it is good to remove it. ...Read more

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Can i smoke marijuana after vitrectomy surgery?

Can i smoke marijuana after vitrectomy surgery?

yes: There is no interaction between this type of surgery and the causes for this type of surgery, and inhaling marijuana. Be sure that you are in a situation where the eye is protected from the smoke (good ventilation) and your eye is physically protected from possible injury. ...Read more

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How many times can you have a Vitrectomy surgery done on your eye? My doctor said it can be done up to 3 to 5 times, Is he right?

How many times can you have a Vitrectomy surgery done on your eye? My doctor said it can be done up to 3 to 5 times, Is he right?

Usually once: A vitrectomy removes the vitreous gel in the eye and replaces it with saline. Once it is removed it does not reform. Therefore a vitrectomy would typically be performed only once unless the original was subtotal. ...Read more