A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the jelly (a.k.a. vitreous) that fills the inside of the eye. This technique is used to gain access to the back of the eye and to the retina. Vitrectomy is used for a number of specialized diseases, including in the repair of detached retina, macular hole, macular pucker, and floater removal.
There are different types of vitrectomy surgeries that are conducted in different parts of the eye, such as a posterior or pars plana vitrectomy, and anterior vitrectomy procedures.
Vitrectomy Surgery Procedure
Vitrectomy surgery in Sarasota, FL involves making three microscopic incisions in the white part of the eye. The vitreous jelly is removed using a device called a vitrector which performs both cutting and suction of the jelly. The vitreous jelly is replaced during the procedure with a saline solution that maintains the pressure and clarity within the eye.
The risks of vitrectomy include:
- Retinal detachment
- High or low intraocular pressure
- Vision loss
Many vitrectomy procedures use small, state-of-the-art tools and can be performed with self-sealing, sutureless incisions. Smaller tools lead to less discomfort in patients as well as faster recovery times. Vitrectomy surgery involves little to no pain and requires minimal anesthesia.
Vitrectomy surgical procedures can treat a number of conditions, but are generally only performed when four conditions are met:
- The patient is threatened with vision loss.
- The severity of the condition and/or the patient’s medical history make non-surgical healing unlikely.
- The potential risks of surgery are outweighed by the potential benefits.
- The patient is made aware of the potential risks as well as possible alternatives.
Please ask your doctor about the specific risks of your vitrectomy procedure. You can also visit our locations in Sarasota and Manatee County to learn more about vitrectomy procedures.
How Dr. Brugger and Dr. Shane Can Help
Dr. Brugger and Dr. Shane and the staff at Retina Care Consultants, P.A., are specialized in performing vitrectomy procedures in Sarasota and Manatee County. With years of experience, Dr. Brugger and Dr. Shane can not only help ensure that you receive the best in surgical care but can also help your vitrectomy recovery go more smoothly.
Dr. Brugger and Dr. Shane is also an expert in all things related to retina care. He is willing and able to help educate anyone who wishes to learn more about vitrectomy procedures.
To learn more about retinal care or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
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