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I'm considering getting orbital decompression for graves opthamology(bulging eyes). Is it safe?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Make sure you are seeing a specialist who has experience with this operation.
All surgeries have risks, and your surgeon can and shoudl discuss these with you. However, with an experienced surgeon this surgery has a high likelihood of improving the problem with a relatively low risk of complications.

In brief: Yes

Make sure you are seeing a specialist who has experience with this operation.
All surgeries have risks, and your surgeon can and shoudl discuss these with you. However, with an experienced surgeon this surgery has a high likelihood of improving the problem with a relatively low risk of complications.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Should be

When performed by surgeons experienced and comfortable with the procedure it should be quite safe.
All procedures have potential complications, however, these are minimized in the hands of surgeons who have a vast experience. You want to know how often they do the procedure and ask to talk with patients of theirs who have had it done.

In brief: Should be

When performed by surgeons experienced and comfortable with the procedure it should be quite safe.
All procedures have potential complications, however, these are minimized in the hands of surgeons who have a vast experience. You want to know how often they do the procedure and ask to talk with patients of theirs who have had it done.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Mehryar Taban
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: YES, it is safe.

It is safe, if done correctly by an experience and properly trained surgeon.
Consult an oculoplastic surgeon trained in asoprs fellowship. Mehryar (ray) taban, md www.Tabanmd.Com.

In brief: YES, it is safe.

It is safe, if done correctly by an experience and properly trained surgeon.
Consult an oculoplastic surgeon trained in asoprs fellowship. Mehryar (ray) taban, md www.Tabanmd.Com.
Dr. Mehryar Taban
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally yes

Be sure to have a consult with the prospective surgeon, and also discuss it with the doctor treating your thyroid condition.
Orbital decompression is usually quite safe, but you should be made aware of the potential risks associated with the surgery.

In brief: Generally yes

Be sure to have a consult with the prospective surgeon, and also discuss it with the doctor treating your thyroid condition.
Orbital decompression is usually quite safe, but you should be made aware of the potential risks associated with the surgery.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Albert Wu
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but with risks

This depends on the severity of the graves disease.
If there is severe enlargement of the muscles and soft tissues, and multiple walls of the orbit need to decompressed, then there wold be increased risk. If only some orbital fat need to be removed, there would be less risk. Speak to an ophthalmologist trained in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery for more information.

In brief: Yes, but with risks

This depends on the severity of the graves disease.
If there is severe enlargement of the muscles and soft tissues, and multiple walls of the orbit need to decompressed, then there wold be increased risk. If only some orbital fat need to be removed, there would be less risk. Speak to an ophthalmologist trained in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery for more information.
Dr. Albert Wu
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

The benefits definitely outweigh the risks.
An orbital surgeon (ENT or Orbital reconstructive surgeon) is highly trained to perform such surgeries to help preserve the visual function of your eyes. Remember that when this type of procedure is recommended, it is because there is significant concern that your eyes are becoming compromised. Good luck.

In brief: Yes

The benefits definitely outweigh the risks.
An orbital surgeon (ENT or Orbital reconstructive surgeon) is highly trained to perform such surgeries to help preserve the visual function of your eyes. Remember that when this type of procedure is recommended, it is because there is significant concern that your eyes are becoming compromised. Good luck.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
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