What should I expect if I have trabeculectomy surgery?

What should I expect if I have trabeculectomy surgery?

The procedure is done under local anesthesia in the operating room. After some eye drops are put in the eye and after the eye is numbed, your eye will be “prepped” or cleaned. A sterile drape will be put over your face and body and leave only your eye uncovered. This keeps the area of the operation clean and sterile. Your eye will be held open by a “lid speculum,” so you do not have to worry about blinking during the surgery. Some surgeons may also give you sedating medications through an IV (intravenous) line to keep you completely comfortable. After the surgery is over, a patch and shield will be placed over your eye. This will be removed the day after surgery on your first post-operative visit. You should expect to be seen quite frequently by your surgeon until the eye completely heals. For many people, this may be even for up to 2-3 months. During this time, you will be taking frequent and multiple eye drops. You may need either removal of sutures, a laser procedure to cut some sutures, injections of supplemental medications, or other office procedures to modulate and control the healing process. This will maximize the outcome of the surgery. The postoperative care will vary FROM patient to patient, and your doctor may not be able to predict what will need to be done after the surgery. This varies widely FROM person to person. You will also be restricted FROM strenuous activities during the healing process.


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