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Will my medical problems prevent me from undergoing cataract surgery safely?

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Dr. David Sachs
Ophthalmology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Because cataract surgery is done with local sedation and not general anethesia most people are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
That being said most surgeons will require that you get medical clearence from your pcp first.

In brief: Unlikely

Because cataract surgery is done with local sedation and not general anethesia most people are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
That being said most surgeons will require that you get medical clearence from your pcp first.
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Dr. Charles Titone
Actually most surgeons no longer require medical clearence, most surgeries are done with topical (drop) and intracameral (liquid anesthetic in the front of the eye through the same incision used for the cataract surgery). I do not even use sedation on 95% of my patients.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the world.
It is also one of the safest procedures. It is quick and requires minimal anesthesia, making it safe for all but the most ill patients. You must always weigh your other medical conditions against the benefits of the procedure, but even those with heart and lung conditions can usually safely undergo cataract surgery.

In brief: Not usually

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the world.
It is also one of the safest procedures. It is quick and requires minimal anesthesia, making it safe for all but the most ill patients. You must always weigh your other medical conditions against the benefits of the procedure, but even those with heart and lung conditions can usually safely undergo cataract surgery.
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Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Almost never

With the advent of micro incision cataract surgery (mics), there are fewer and fewer contraindications for cataract surgery.
We have even operated on patients with an implanted defibrillator, a heart transplant, a ventricular assist device and many other complex medical conditions at our center in federal way, wa. If in doubt check with your ophthalmologist and your internist or heart doctor.

In brief: Almost never

With the advent of micro incision cataract surgery (mics), there are fewer and fewer contraindications for cataract surgery.
We have even operated on patients with an implanted defibrillator, a heart transplant, a ventricular assist device and many other complex medical conditions at our center in federal way, wa. If in doubt check with your ophthalmologist and your internist or heart doctor.
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See PCP

Most eye surgeons require an evaluation by your primary care doctor to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo cataract surgery.

In brief: See PCP

Most eye surgeons require an evaluation by your primary care doctor to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo cataract surgery.
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology

In brief: Unlikely

The vast majority of patients have a safe, uncomplicated cataract surgery.
Some risks (having to sit up for surgery, unable to stay still requiring general anesthesia [but then having risk for general anesthesia: heart, lung issues]) can increase risks of needs a 2nd surgery or complication, though these are rare in patients who have early-moderate density cataracts: [email protected]

In brief: Unlikely

The vast majority of patients have a safe, uncomplicated cataract surgery.
Some risks (having to sit up for surgery, unable to stay still requiring general anesthesia [but then having risk for general anesthesia: heart, lung issues]) can increase risks of needs a 2nd surgery or complication, though these are rare in patients who have early-moderate density cataracts: [email protected]
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Not usually

Most patients can undergo cataract surgery without a problem. If you have severe underlying medical problems, you may need to see your regular doctor to minimize your risk of health issues.

In brief: Not usually

Most patients can undergo cataract surgery without a problem. If you have severe underlying medical problems, you may need to see your regular doctor to minimize your risk of health issues.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends

Usually cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia, so is "lower risk" in terms of medical problems affecting the surgery.
Even high risk patients in the ICU can be done. A preoperative evaluation with your primary care doctor and anesthesiologist will help to see if there are any medical problems preventing safe cataract surgery.

In brief: Depends

Usually cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia, so is "lower risk" in terms of medical problems affecting the surgery.
Even high risk patients in the ICU can be done. A preoperative evaluation with your primary care doctor and anesthesiologist will help to see if there are any medical problems preventing safe cataract surgery.
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