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Old 07-25-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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Pterygium Surgery and Recovery - guidance??

Hi-
I am looking for anyone that has been through pterygium sugery. I am freaked out about being awake during the surgery, could you please share your experience with me?

Also, any recovery tips or advice is appreciated!
Thanks!!!

 
Old 07-26-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: Pterygium Surgery and Recovery - guidance??

I work as an Ophthalmic Technician and I can tell you that this is one of the more simple procedures that we do. You will do fine and you will feel a lot better when that pterygium is not longer in you eye. Good luck.

 
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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Re: Pterygium Surgery and Recovery - guidance??

Thank you!

Could you tell me about the typical anethesia used for this - is it the twilight anethesia, like they use in an colonoscopy? I am concerned about freaking out during the process, during my initial exam - numbing of the eyes / dryness test / photo's, I ended up throwing up. I'm afraid of moving/flinching if I see anything coming at me during the surgery. Will I be aware of what is happening?

Thank you, I totally appreciate you sharing your inside experience and knowledge.

 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:51 AM   #4
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Every office does things differently. The best idea is to call your doctor and ask for him to explain the surgery. The office I work for gives a local anesthetic. I would recommend you telling your doctor how nervous you are and he/she will take extra precautions to make you comfortable.

 
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Hi-
I am looking for anyone that has been through pterygium sugery. I am freaked out about being awake during the surgery, could you please share your experience with me?

Also, any recovery tips or advice is appreciated!
Thanks!!!
Had a very extensive pterygium removed 9 days ago. I was also freaked out, but the only pain experienced was a tightness in my shoulders from being tense before hand. I can say honestly that not only has there been no pain, but I haven't even experienced any discomfort. Took two tylenol the day following surgery as a preventative measure but nothing since that time other than religiously following eye drop routine. I would not have believed it before hand, but being awake during the surgery was interesting and I am not someone that would ever tune into the various surgery programs on TV.
Good luck, have courage, and get it done. You will be pleased. I am a retired navy and airline pilot. Have always done my best to stay away from doctors, but there have been some fantastic medical advancements. Go get em tiger!

 
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