Vitrectomy Surgery | Why Facedown Recovery
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persons suffering from diabetic retinopathy, vitreous hemorrhage, hemolytic
glaucoma, central vein occlusion, macular holes or tears and other retinal
detachment disorders that cause damage or disease to the eye --the jelly-like
substance that fills the inner eye -- vitrectomy is a special surgical
procedure that removes the vitreous so your surgeon can repair the damaged
portion of your eye. Once the defect is repaired the surgeon then replaces
the emptied cavity with a gas bubble. Since gas rises and the macula and
retina are at the back of the eye, recovering patients must remain facedown
in order for the gas bubble to effectively apply pressure to the area
in need of healing, allowing the macula or retina to re-bond to the eye
wall and a new vitreous to eventually replace the gas bubble.
Although a vitrectomy is a relatively painless procedure with a strong,
successful track record in improving vision, the recovery from vitrectomy
is often more challenging because patients must contend with the monotony,
stress and discomfort of a 23-hour-a-day facedown-postoperative position.
Most vitreo-retinal ophthalmologists agree that a vitrectomy is most successful
when patients fully comply with facedown recovery instructions.