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Surgery FAQs and Forms

What is a vitrectomy surgery?

  • Answer: A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the vitreous gel from the inside of the eye. This procedure is performed to treat various retinal conditions, such as retinal detachment, macular holes, or diabetic retinopathy.

Why is a vitrectomy recommended?

  • Answer: A vitrectomy is recommended to address retinal disorders or conditions where the vitreous gel is causing issues, such as retinal tears, bleeding, or the need for surgical access to repair the retina.

What are the steps of a vitrectomy surgery?

  • Answer: During a vitrectomy, the surgeon makes small incisions in the eye wall to access and remove the vitreous gel. The surgeon may also perform additional procedures, such as laser treatment or the placement of a gas or oil bubble, depending on the specific condition.

How long does a vitrectomy surgery typically take?

  • Answer: The duration of a vitrectomy surgery can vary but usually ranges from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the case.

What is the expected recovery time after vitrectomy surgery?

  • Answer: The recovery time after vitrectomy surgery can vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. It may take several weeks to months for vision to stabilize and improve fully.

What restrictions or precautions should I follow after vitrectomy surgery?

  • Answer: After vitrectomy surgery, you may be advised to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and activities that could increase eye pressure. Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully for the best recovery outcome.

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