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Vitrectomy (also known as PPV – Pars plana vitrectomy) is the most common procedure performed by retina specialists to fix retina conditions. This procedure uses microscopic a incision to insert advanced microsurgical equipment into the eye and remove the vitreous gel. Additional treatments are also frequently performed during a vitrectomy including laser therapy, cryotherapy, and gas/air/silicone oil injections.
The vitreous humor, or vitreous gel, is composed of water, collagen fibers, and other proteins. The vitreous is essential for maintaining the shape of your eye and providing support for the retina, but it can become damaged, diseased, or detached from the rest of the eye. Problems with the vitreous typically can occur with normal aging. Safe removal of the vitreous humor is the first step of all vitrectomy procedures.
Why did my retina specialist recommend a vitrectomy?
Certain conditions can only be treated with intraocular surgery. The vitreous may be interfering with the vision, developing hemorrhage, or causing damage like a retinal detachment or hole. In many cases, the vitreous needs to be removed by vitrectomy surgery.
What to Expect Before and During
A vitrectomy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you won’t have to stay overnight. In most cases, vitrectomy surgery takes less than an hour to complete.
Recovery from a vitrectomy usually takes one to two weeks. You may need to use eye drops and ointments to help speed up the healing process. The vitrectomy itself causes minimal pain. Any pain experienced after surgery may be a side effect of other procedures performed with the vitrectomy. Other mild side effects, like blurred vision or a scratchy feeling in the eye, are common after vitrectomy and should clear up within a few days. Fully improved vision could take up to a few months after surgery.
Benefits and Risks
Vitrectomy surgery is a very safe and successful surgery, but like all surgeries, there are inherent risks. Risks may be related to specific conditions, specific surgical techniques, patient comorbidities, and patient compliance. Patient compliance with surgeon instructions greatly reduces risks. Your surgeon will go over all risks, benefits, and alternatives prior to your surgery.
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