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Vitrectomy Recovery Time

I'm sure you're a little worried about your surgery and are wondering how long you're going to be on the bench. First off, don't be worried! Vitrectomy surgery is one of the most popular surgeries to date with incredibly high success rates when met with proper post-operative recovery treatment. So let's move on to your questions!

How long is the recovery time after Vitrectomy surgery?

Experts say that vitrectomy recovery is roughly 4 to 6 weeks. However, you are required to lay face down for 1 to 2 weeks. Sadly, your surgery can fail after everything is said and done. I have personally spoken to patients who have had numerous surgeries because they did not remain face down and recover properlly. Sadly they thought they could sleep on their face with a regular pillow and then end up waking up in the middle of the night only to discover that they're on their back! Not good... That's why Z Medical exists! We supply patients with a sanitary, affordable, recovery option that ensures recovery success by giving you something that helps you stay on your face comfortably.

How much drainage should I expect?

A moderate amount of drainage during the first week is expected. Gradually, the drainage should decrease. The lids can be cleaned with a clean washcloth, kleenex or cotton ball. Wipe the eyelids gently from the nose outward.

How long will it take for my vision to improve?

The first day after surgery often the vision is worse because of eye medication or/and inflammation from surgery. Double vision can occur and will usually resolved over the first few days. Your vision should gradually improve, but it may take up to six months or longer to regain your best vision. Frequently, air or gas bubbles are injected into the eye at the time of surgery. This will blur your vision significantly at first but your vision will gradually improve as the bubble dissipates.

How long does it take for the gas bubble to go away? says:

SF6 gas stays in the eye for about one month; C3F8 gas remains for about two months. SF6 gas is used most often, while C3F8 gas is reserved for more complex retinal detachments and some macular holes. Air stays in the eye for about one week.

When may I resume normal activities and return to work?

Work: You may return to work in about 1 to 2 weeks. If your work involves physical activity or driving, you will need to restrict your activities and remain home longer.

Are there any driving restrictions?

Someone will need to drive you home from the hospital. Generally, driving can be resumed in several days if you have good vision in your other eye. If you do not feel comfortable driving, do not drive! Your depth perception may be decreased, so you will want to try driving during the day in light traffic until you feel comfortable driving. You should restrict your driving while you are taking prescription pain pills as they can affect your judgment.

Can I travel?

You cannot fly in an airplane or drive above 1000 feet elevation if you have an air or gas bubble in your eye. Talk to your doctor about the duration of this restriction.

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