ABOUT Vitrectomy Surgery Procedure - Maximed Turkey
What Is A Vitrectomy?
The vitrectomy procedure is used to remove vitreous gel. The vitreous gel is the clear substance that fills the space between your retina and the lens in your eye, helping maintain vision by giving your retina substance to support it.
The issue with the vitreous gel is that it can shrink or liquefy, which can lead to a host of different problems for patients who are affected by it.
If you notice any of these symptoms after an eye injury or head trauma, you might be experiencing liquefaction: flashes of light, floaters in your field of vision, blurring in one part of your eyesight only (e.g., only while reading).
Who Is Eligible For Vitrectomy?
Some of the most common indications for vitrectomy are:
· Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR)
· Vitreous hemorrhage (VH)
· Acute retinal detachments (RDAs)
· Traumatic RDAs due to open globe injuries requiring peripheral retinal tears or tractional RDAs with tractional forces that may result in scleral perforation or full-thickness macular hole (MH).
· RDAs resulting in endophotocoagulation, especially when combined with traumatic RDAs.
· Traumatic RDAs due to penetrating injuries.
· Traumatic RDAs with macular tractional forces may result in a retinal break or macular hole formation.
· Traumatic RDAs secondary to open globe injury with retinal tears.
· Large fibrovascular proliferation (e.g., PVR due to rubeosis iris, idiopathic PVR) which may lead to increased risk for postoperative complications including vitreous hemorrhage, MH, or other retinal breaks or breaks in the retina-RPE adhesion zone requiring reoperation/endophotocoagulation.
How Long Does A Vitrectomy Procedure Take?
It takes 2 hours or so to complete a vitrectomy surgery. After your surgery, your doctor will give you general anesthesia and then make cuts in your eye to access it.
He'll manage any bleeding from your cuts and then use instruments to go into your eye and remove pieces of the gel that's causing problems. After your surgery, the doctor will sew the cuts in your eye closed to help speed up healing.
What Happens After A Vitrectomy Procedure?
Nystagmus is a common postoperative complication that can happen to patients following vitrectomy for diabetic macular edema. Nystagmus is often defined as a rapid, involuntary, oscillating movement of the eyes, which can lead to visual disturbance and even cause amblyopia if it becomes severe enough while the patient is trying to read or while looking at objects in everyday life.
This condition occurs when both eyes fail to track correctly while looking at an object and eyes move in synchrony and abnormally (i.e. the eyes are moving in opposite directions). Nystagmus is usually caused by an injury to either the retina or optic nerve.
Nystagmus after a vitrectomy procedure can be treated with medication, but many patients find that they do not respond well to treatment.
If you are suffering from Nystagmus after a vitrectomy procedure, it may be necessary to undergo surgery. Two types of surgeries can help with this condition: correcting the problem with the nystagmus and/or surgically removing or shrinking the area of vision that is affected.
Frequently Asked Questions on Vitrectomy
Is There Any Way Around The High Costs Of Vitrectomies?
There are a few options, no matter how much money you have. The first option is to do without completely, but that's not healthy in the long run.
That being said, if you have no choice but to reduce your vision for financial reasons, then many non-price-related alternatives still allow you to see clearly.
What Are The Risks Of Having This Type Of Surgery Done?
Due to the nature of this surgery, there are risks involved with it. These risks include postoperative bleeding or bleeding underneath one's skin after the surgery.
Also, there is a risk of transferring blood-borne diseases such as HIV. Other risks include complications in the eye and the hospital. Finally, there is a risk of developing glaucoma following surgery.
Is It Safe To Undergo Vitrectomy Surgery Before Insurance Authorization?
No; it is never recommended to undergo any type of surgery before insurance authorization unless it is an emergency. This is because the patient would still be responsible for the medical expenses even if he did not have insurance coverage.