Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York
Eye Surgery Center located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Ophthalmologist and retina specialist Ben Z. Cohen, MD, and the expert surgeons at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York perform vitrectomy procedures to treat numerous retinal disorders, including macular holes. Their state-of-the-art surgery center in Manhattan’s Upper East Side offers convenient and leading-edge care. To find out if vitrectomy surgery is right for you, call the office today.
Virectomy Surgery Q & A
What is vitrectomy?
Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that the team at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York uses to treat problems with the retina and vitreous in your eye. Vitreous is the gel-like substance that fills the center of your eye.
During a vitrectomy, your surgeon removes some or all of the vitreous from your eye. This provides better access to your retina so they can treat problems, such as a macular hole. They replace the vitreous with a gas bubble, which applies pressure to your retina and helps it heal.
Why would I need a vitrectomy?
Dr. Cohen and the surgeons at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York use vitrectomy to treat a wide range of problems, including:
- A macular hole
- Retinal detachment
- A macular pucker or wrinkle
- Complications of cataract surgery
Without treatment, all of these conditions can lead to vision loss. Vitrectomy is an effective and well-established procedure that may restore vision loss from a macular hole or pucker.
What happens during a vitrectomy procedure?
First, your provider at Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York examines your eyes and reviews your medical history to ensure vitrectomy is right for you. They discuss details about your procedure, like whether they’ll use general anesthesia or numbing eye drops along with medicine to help you relax.
The Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York has two modern operating suites as well as comfortable pre-op and post-op areas. Family and friends are invited to relax in the well-furnished marble waiting area while you’re in surgery.
During a vitrectomy procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in your eye. Then, they remove the vitreous and perform any necessary treatment, like removing scar tissue. They inject a gas bubble into your eye to hold the retina in place.
For a day or two after your procedure, you may need to lie face down for varying lengths of time to ensure proper healing. Over time, the gas bubble disappears and your natural eye fluids fill the space.
To learn more about vitrectomy surgery, call Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York today at 212-772-6830.
138 E 80th St
Upper East Side
New York, NY 10075