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Vitrectomy

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove scar tissue, repair retinal detachments, and treat macular holes. At Connecticut Retina Consultants, with locations in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut, the expert ophthalmologists provide pars plana vitrectomies for patients who need retinal repair. To learn more about this delicate surgical procedure, call the location most convenient for you to schedule a consultation.

Vitrectomy Q & A

What is vitrectomy?

A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the vitreous humor gel in the eye cavity. Removing the gel gives the doctors better access to the retina so scar tissue can be removed and the retina repaired.

The procedure is unique as it occurs in the back part of the eye as opposed to more common procedures that happen at the front, as in cataract surgery.

Pars plana vitrectomy refers to the area through which the surgeons access the back of the eye. This is a safe zone that preserves the integrity of your retina and crystalline lens.

The surgeons from Connecticut Retina Consultants then use a variety of microsurgical tools, lenses, illuminating devices, and lasers to perform the necessary procedure.

Usually, a pars plana vitrectomy is performed under local anesthesia and most patients go home the same day.

 

What eye concerns are treated with pars plana vitrectomy surgery?

When you have issues with your retina, the doctors at Connecticut Retina Consultants may recommend pars plana vitrectomy surgery. Conditions commonly treated include:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • Macular pucker
  • Macular hole
  • Retained lens fragments or other complications from cataract surgery
  • Intraocular foreign body removal
  • Endophthalmitis (intraocular infection)
  • Traumatic eye injuries
  • Giant retinal tears

The doctors evaluate your case to determine whether you’re a candidate for the surgery.

What can I expect after a pars plana vitrectomy?

Commonly after PPV, the surgeon fills the eye with air, gas, or a silicone oil bubble. An air bubble remains in the eye for only a few days and a gas bubble remains in the eye 2-8 weeks (depending on the type of gas used). A silicone oil bubble doesn’t resorb on its own, which necessitates another procedure to remove the oil.

These bubbles are used to help hold the retina in place as it heals. The surgeons give you specific directions as to how to position your head to ensure proper healing after surgery. You’re directed to avoid air travel with a gas bubble inside the eye. The lower atmospheric pressure inside an airplane may cause unwanted expansion of the gas bubble that can cause a severe elevation of the eye pressure. Your doctor lets you know when it’s safe to fly. 

If you have a condition that needs a vitrectomy, call one of the five locations of Connecticut Retina Consultants to schedule an appointment.