Vitrectomy is the basic operation performed by a retina specialist. Technically, vitrectomy means removal of the vitreous. This will allow safe access for surgery on the retina.
Vitrectomy is used to treat a variety of surgical conditions, such as:
- Retinal Detachment
- Vitreous Hemorrhage
- Macular Hole
- Epiretinal Membrane
- Complications of cataract surgery
Origin of Vitrectomy
Vitrectomy allows a retina specialist to surgically treat a myriad of diseases of the retina and vitreous. Vitrectomy was “created” in the mid 1980s. It’s a relatively new surgical approach, but has developed the ability of a retina specialist to widen the spectrum of surgically treatable retinal diseases. In other words, before vitrectomy, retina specialists were limited to treating only patients with retinal detachment.
Vitrectomy allows the retina specialist to operate safely and directly on the retina. Using microsurgical techniques with the aid of an operating microscope, retina specialists are able to successfully restore or improve vision in cases not possible just one generation ago.
The retina specialists of Florida Retina Consultants are the first generation of sub-specialists to train and learn with these modern techniques.
Vitrectomy is now performed without stitches. Instrumentation has now evolved to allow faster and more efficient surgery due to the development of “sutureless” vitrectomy. Modern vitrectomy utilizes instruments so small that the tiny wounds created during the operation self-seal and do not require stitches.
Sutureless surgery translates into faster healing, a more comfortable post-operative period and, in many times, fewer return visits to your doctor.
Safe and Effective
At Florida Retina Consultants, we use the most technologically advanced vitrectomy systems to allow us to provide state-of-the-art care for our patients with disease of the retina and vitreous. Retina surgery has evolved to be comparable to cataract surgery, the most common surgery globally, in terms of safety.
Modern retina surgery is vitrectomy. Vitrectomy has transformed the ability of the retina specialists of Florida Retina Consultants to provide the best medical and surgical care for our patients with problems of the retina or vitreous.