Ptosis Surgery in Navi Mumbai
Ptosis is a condition that affects the upper eyelid causing it to droop. Surgery to treat ptosis involves making a small cut in the eyelid and shortening the eyelid muscle (levator resection) or attaching the eyelid to the forehead muscle (sling surgery). Both of these procedures raise the eyelid. At Utsav Eye Clinic, Kharghar, we use the latest technique and the best materials for ptosis surgery in Navi Mumbai.
Preparing for the surgery
For adults, surgery is usually done as a day care procedure in the outpatient department, using a local anaesthetic. If you have a local anaesthetic, you will be awake during the procedure but you won’t feel any pain. If your child has surgery for ptosis, he or she will have a general anaesthetic. This means your child will be asleep during the procedure.
If your child is having a general anaesthetic he or she will be asked to follow fasting instructions. This means not allowing your child to eat or drink, typically for about six hours beforehand. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.
What happens during the surgery?
There are several different surgical techniques that can be used to treat ptosis. The type of operation you have will depend on what your surgeon thinks is the best option for you.
Most types of surgery for ptosis involve shortening the muscles that control the movement of your upper eyelid. Your surgeon will use measurements of your eyelids to decide how much to shorten the muscle.
Local anaesthetic drops and gel are used to numb your eye and eyelid. Your surgeon will make a small cut in your eyelid, usually where the crease in your skin is. This helps to hide the scar. The muscle is shortened and then the cut is closed using dissolvable stitches.
If the muscle in your eyelid is very weak, your surgeon may need to do a sling operation called a frontalis sling or brow suspension. This is where a muscle from your forehead is used to help lift your eyelid by attaching a sling of tissue from it to your eyelid. Most commonly a synthetic tissue such as silicone is used. At Utsav Eye Clinic we use the best silicone material (BD) available in the market during ptosis surgery in Navi Mumbai. Sometimes this tissue can come from another part of your body, usually from an area just to the side of your knee (fascia lata).
Care after surgery
If you have had a local anaesthetic, you will usually be able to go home when you feel ready. If your child has had a general anaesthetic, he or she may need to rest until the affects of the anaesthetic have passed.
Your upper eyelid may be bruised and swollen for about seven to 10 days after the operation.
You will be given antibiotic drops or ointment to use for one to three weeks after your operation.
It can take some time to see the full effects of the surgery on your appearance. It can be difficult for your surgeon to make your eyelids exactly the same height on both sides, though he or she will aim to make them as level as possible.
What are the Risks of surgery?
Complication after ptosis surgery are rare. Some of the main complications of ptosis surgery are listed below:
- An infection in the surgical wound or your eye, though the risk of this happening is small.
- Over-correction or under-correction of the eyelid. This means that after the surgery your eyelid may either be too high, causing problems closing it, or not high enough. This may mean having another operation.
- You may not be able to close your eyelid completely. This could be temporary, but in some people it’s permanent. If you’re unable to close your eye, you will need eye drops or ointment to keep it moist until the problem gets better. If the problem is permanent, you may need more surgery to correct the eyelid.
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