Retinal Detachment Surgery

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Procedure Description

Retinal detachment is a serious medical condition where the retina, a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye, pulls away from its normal position. The retina is responsible for receiving light that the lens has focused, converting it into neural signals, and sending them to the brain for visual recognition. When detachment occurs, the retina is deprived of oxygen and nutrients from its blood supply, leading to possible vision loss and blindness if not treated promptly.

Retinal detachment surgery is intended to reattach the detached retina to its normal position, thereby restoring vision and preventing further deterioration. The need for this surgery is usually urgent, and the treatment options can vary based on the severity and type of retinal detachment. The most common procedures are pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy. Each procedure has its own set of protocols and complexities, but the main aim is the same: reattach the retina and preserve vision.

Because the retina plays a critical role in vision, it's crucial to act quickly when detachment occurs. Immediate diagnosis and surgery can significantly improve the likelihood of maintaining good vision. Patients usually experience symptoms like floaters, flashes of light, or a shadow over the visual field, which require immediate attention.

Procedure Duration

The duration of retinal detachment surgery itself may vary depending on the procedure chosen and the complexity of the detachment. Pneumatic retinopexy generally takes about an hour or less, while a scleral buckle or vitrectomy may take between 2 to 3 hours. These are usually outpatient procedures, but some cases may require overnight hospital stays for close monitoring.

Post-surgery recovery is equally important. The eye will be covered with a patch, and there may be some discomfort for a few days. Patients are typically advised to avoid strenuous activities and to keep the head elevated, even during sleep. Follow-up appointments are crucial for monitoring the retina's reattachment and healing. The total recovery time could range from several weeks to a few months, depending on the individual case and general health of the patient.

Patients should be prepared for multiple post-operative check-ups, which could extend for up to several months after the surgery. Monitoring is essential to ensure that the retina remains in place and to assess the restoration of vision.


  • Cost-Effectiveness: In many countries, the cost of retinal detachment surgery can be significantly less expensive without compromising on quality.
  • Expertise: Some destinations specialize in ophthalmic procedures and have surgeons with years of experience in retinal surgeries.
  • Advanced Technology: Choosing a destination known for medical innovation ensures that you benefit from the latest surgical techniques and equipment.

Potential Destinations

  • India: Known for its state-of-the-art medical facilities and highly skilled surgeons.
  • Thailand: Offers high-quality ophthalmic care in modern hospitals.
  • Germany: Renowned for its excellent healthcare system and cutting-edge medical technology.
  • Mexico: Proximity to the U.S. and lower costs make it a preferred destination for many.

Risks & Considerations

  • Travel Time: Long flights may not be advisable right after surgery; consider this when choosing a destination.
  • Language Barrier: Ensure that translators or English-speaking staff are available for better communication.
  • Quality of Care: Research to ensure that the chosen hospital meets international standards for healthcare.

How to Choose the Right Doctor and Hospital

  • Accreditation: Look for hospitals that have international healthcare accreditation.
  • Doctor’s Credentials: Verify the surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and areas of specialization.
  • Patient Reviews: Read testimonials or ask for case studies that can vouch for the quality of care.
  • Consultation: Opt for an initial consultation to discuss the procedure, risks, and post-operative care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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