What is pneumatic retinoplexy?

Pneumatic retinopexy is a procedure to repair a detached retina and restore vision. Unlike other procedures to treat a detached retina, it often takes place in an office setting. The retina is a layer of cells at the back of your eye.

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Dr. Michael Kapusta, MD, FRSCS, Ophthalmologist, talks about Retinal Detachment Treatment – Pneumatic Retinoplexy

Retinal Detachment Treatment - Pneumatic Retinoplexy

Pneumatic retinopexy implies injecting a gas bubble into the eye and creating a tear adhesion by either cryotherapy or laser. So what we’re going to do is repair that in multiple steps, all in the office. We freeze the eye with anesthetic, perform the cryotherapy procedure, and follow that with an injection of a gas bubble into the eye.

That’s all done right here in the office setting. After the pneumatic retinopexy procedure, there will be certain restrictions, particularly of head position, and that will depend on where the retinal break was located. The surgeon will direct that particular head position.

The surgeon will also insist on a visit in the aftermath at typically the following day and in the weeks to follow. The restrictions to the patient are not of diet or of ground travel but air travel is particularly restricted when there’s the presence of a gas bubble in the eye.

If pneumatic retinopexy is the technique that we have decided to perform in order to repair your retinal detachment, it is imperative that you keep the head positioning to improve your likelihood of having a one-procedure success.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Kapusta, Ophthalmologist, Montreal, QC

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DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

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