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Retina Eye Specialists

Raghu C Murthy, MD

Ophthalmology & Retina Specialist located in South Pasadena, CA

Some eye issues can only be resolved through surgical interventions. That’s why Raghu Murthy, MD, FACS, and the team at Retina Eye Specialists in South Pasadena, California, offer vitrectomy as part of their practice offerings. Dr. Murthy has the skills and experience needed to create favorable surgical outcomes. Learn more during your next visit, which you can request online or by phone today.

Vitrectomy Q & A

What is vitrectomy?

Vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery that addresses problems with the vitreous or retina. When performed by a skilled ophthalmologist, vitrectomy can vastly improve a number of eye health conditions. 

Your vitreous is located in the center portion of the eye. When you’re young, this area is filled with a watery gel. As the years pass, the contents become more of a liquid.

The vitreous works to keep the center portion of the eye clear, so light can reach the retina and enable your vision. Researchers also believe the vitreous gel allows nutrients and oxygen to flow between the front and rear portions of the eye. This area of the eye may also provide shock-absorbing benefits.  

During vitrectomy, Dr. Murthy removes a portion of your vitreous, replacing it with a saline solution or a bubble of oil or gas. 

What conditions can vitrectomy improve?

Some of the issues that can be effectively treated through vitrectomy include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular pucker
  • Macular hole
  • Severe eye injuries
  • Problems arising from cataract surgery
  • Endophthalmitis (a type of eye infection)
  • Certain forms of retinal detachment

During your diagnostic exam, Dr. Murthy assesses all aspects of your eye health and suggests the treatments best suited for your specific set of needs. If vitrectomy is appropriate, you learn what to expect in terms of the procedure and recovery process. 

What happens during vitrectomy?

Most vitrectomy procedures are done on an outpatient basis. When you arrive, you receive anesthesia to numb the eye area. 

Once you’re resting comfortably, Dr. Murthy begins by making a small incision in the sclera, or white portion, of the eye. He uses special surgical instruments to alter the tissue inside the vitreous. 

Depending on the reason for your vitrectomy, some of the steps Dr. Murthy might then take include:

  • Removing retinal scar tissue
  • Removing cataracts
  • Removing foreign objects
  • Inserting a gas or air bubble to support retinal position
  • Returning the retina to proper position
  • Removing cloudy vitreous
  • Repairing a torn retina

Dr. Murthy explains the type of alterations he plans prior to your surgery, but additional changes could be necessary once the procedure is underway. 

What is the recovery process like after vitrectomy?

You receive full post-operative instructions before your procedure. Adhering to these instructions is the best way to have a smooth and effective healing process. 

You may experience a sandy, gritty, or scratchy sensation in the days following your procedure. Dr. Murthy provides medications to ease the healing process and reduce discomfort. 

If a gas bubble was placed in your eye during surgery, you have specific instructions to follow. You might need to remain on your side or in a face-down position for a period of time and avoid significant altitude changes. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about vitrectomy, call the office to set up a visit, or use the easy online booking tool to find a time that fits your schedule.