retinopexy is done for certain types of
retinal detachments. It can be useful when:
A single break or tear caused the
Multiple breaks are small and close to each
The break is in the upper part of the retina. You have to hold your head
so that the break and the bubble are at the highest point. This is not practical if the break is on
the bottom of the eyeball. You would have to keep your head upside down.
How Well It Works
This surgery can repair the retina most of the time.
You are more likely to have good vision after surgery if the
macula was still attached before surgery. Good vision is less likely if the
detachment affected the macula.
The most common problems after this surgery include:
Scarring on the retina. This often causes the retina to detach again. Scarring is
the most common reason that surgery fails.
breaks or tears forming.
The need for more surgery to reattach the
Fluid that stays under the retina or is absorbed very slowly.
Small gas bubbles getting trapped under the
For this surgery to work, the gas bubble has to press against the retina until it
flattens. This means you will need to hold your head in the proper
position for long periods of time. This surgery may not be an option if for any reason you are not able to stay in the right
position for the time required.
There are a
few ways to repair a retinal detachment. Which surgery will work best depends on the cause, location, and
type of detachment. Other
conditions or eye problems may also play a role in the
need more surgery to reattach the retina if scar tissue from the first surgery grows over the surface of your retina.
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