I am 21, noticed I had a ptergium when I was around 18. It began to irritate me at work (always bloodshot, painful) it was small, however I was able to have it removed by a Doctor in Australia who specialises only in this kind of surgery. My surgery was on the 22.10.2012. Before and after my surgery I have spend a lot of time on the net looking for information on people having surgery and a detailed log of their recovery. However I have found little information. Here is my detailed log on how I am recovering after my surgery. I want it to be honest, as its kind of like my own diary so I can reflect on how far I have come when I am feeling down about my recovery. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them
Surgery: Monday 22.10.2012
Today I go in for surgery. As I wait in the reception room of the hospital I begin to cry. Anxious of what to expect. My partner and mum comfort me and I am called over to the nurse. I saw previously that people went to wait for surgery on their own, I asked if my family could come. The nurse hesitated but allowed it. A doctor explained that he would have me completely asleep when they placed the needle in my eye to do the eye block. I would most likely wake in surgery, however would be relaxed and not concerned. As soon as the drip went in my arm I was asleep. I woke when a bright light was on my face in the operating theatre. I felt a sheet over my face. I was disorientated but relaxed. I asked for more drugs, I remember hearing the doctor speak and music playing. I then remembered no more, felt no pain. When I woke next I was in the recovery room sitting on a chair. I was given food and painkillers and then my blood pressure was checked. I was dazed and confused. I put on my clothes and met with my family. We went home, in the car I vomited. When we got home I was in pain after the drugs wore off. I took many drugs over the rest of the day and night. I found it hard to eat with my eye so swollen and in so much pain.
The day after my surgery I was still in a fair bit of pain. I went to the doctor to have they eye patch removed. My mum almost fainted and I still had nausea from the painkillers. The doctor forced my eye open. It was swollen and I could barely see. On the way home from the doctors I vomited in the car again. Apparently it was due to the pain killers. I have barely ate. I feel sick and miserable. Regret and panic sets in. maybe I should have left the tiny dot..I only looked at it when we got home and mum and Darren went and got groceries. It looked terrible. The area where the graft was, was almost white but raised. Below my pupil was pure bloodshot red. The eye lid is so swollen that I cant even open it. The eye drops sting and every two hours I have to have more of them. I spend all day in my dark room.
Today mum and I are going back to back to my family home an hour away from where I live. The drive home was hard as the light was hurting my eye. When we made it home I hid in the spare bedroom with a sheet over the curtain and brought the second twilight audio book only interrupted every two hours for more eye drops. I had a bath and by the end of the day my eye was quite sore. Feeling hopeful that tomorrow my eye may be less red or swollen I went to sleep excitedly.
Day four: so far I can’t see any improvement. My vision is still doubled and blurry and my eye still swollen. The bloodiness hasn’t disappeared and the graft is starting to look bumpy and red. Writing and looking at anything hurts and I have to squint. I am starting to feel depressed and down. I am so impatient and not seeing progress is frustrating and scary. There is no pain, it just feels strained when I look in a direction too quickly. I can see where they injected the eye block under my eye. It is also bruised. I look a mess. I spent the rest of the day hiding in my room again. Tomorrow I promise myself I will at least have the light on. Try and watch some dvds. I am less hopefully for improvement tomorrow. Maybe I should stop looking at it..
this is where I am at so far... more to follow
Last edited by Administrator; 12-16-2012 at 12:32 AM.
Hi Samantha Thank you for sharing your experience... although it sounds terrifying. I have my pterygium surgery scheduled in a month and I am freaking out. Did your Dr. used the glue instead of stitches? Can you give me an update of how long the pain lasted and how you are doing now?
I am now onto week four. I had my surgery done with sutures which involves a long recovery period. I am healing up really well, the area where the surgery was healed within two weeks- the pain was gone within one week, swelling within three. I do have a lot of blood bruising on the outside corner of my eye that is gradually healing but apparently it can take 8 weeks. Patience is so important with this operation. it is not a quick heal. It took me until a few days ago that I felt as if the operation was worth it. I am now looking forward to a complete recovery in the next few weeks. All the best for your op
Just wanting to know how you are doing.I too have one of these stupid pterygium which requires removal but like everyone else,Im not looking forward to it.
I live in Australia aswell and would like to know who performed you procedure?
Hi mkelpie this is not Sam, but I have had pterygium removal surgery and lived to tell the tale. I was absolutely terrified before my procedure and now I wish I would have done it years ago. The doctor that you choose will make alllll the difference. My doctor performed a scissorless and sutureless surgery using a graft of my own conjunctiva, not amniotic membrane. I was awake during the procedure with absolutely no painkillers (only a xanax for my nerves!) it was only 20ish minutes and I never even opened the numbing drops they gave me to take home. I had the procedure on friday evening, rested all weekend and was back at work on Monday. If I had the luxury of not working I would've taken that week off only because it was challenging to drive because I would get dizzy from time to time. But there was only slight discomfort, and I have a low pain tolerance. It took about 6 weeks for all the redness to dissipate. Now my eye feels totally normal, and I wish I would've known of this procedure years ago. My procedure was done in Santa Monica (southern California) I don't know where you are at, but I highly reccommend looking for a doctor who will perform this type of pterygium removal. You will be so glad you did it.
Can you please let me know how you are doing after your surgery? Are you still happy with your results? I am trying to decide which surgeon to use and I am pretty freaked out about this surgery so I want to know I am choosing a good surgeon. Thanks.
Sorry, but this is my story. I went in to surgery with only the knowledge of Google surgery. I waited in reception and talked to another waiting patient. He eased my mind and made me comfortable. The Dr. finally showed up and called me in. I laid down and he put cloths around my forehead and neck. The nurse walked over and took my hands and said this is going to hurt. The Dr. instructed me to open my eye wide and look to the left, A student nurse was there to witness. The Dr. and nurse both said hold on as this is going to hurt. He then put the needle into my eye and as it went in I shut me eye and tried to pull my head away. I think the nurse was sorry she got me to squeeze my hand...when I was 13 I cut my foot with an axe and had to get a rabies shot in my butt, the needle seemed to be the size of a fence post it hurt so bad, and this was worse. That was it, no additional freezing. He then cut off the pterygium and put it aside for analysis and proceeded to cut out all remaining pieces. Then he coterized the cut out area's and veins. I could feel it all, the burning was brutal as was the smell. After that he put in 3 stitches and when he pulled the stitches tight, I felt it...like a pinch...in...my...eye..! At that point he used gauze to dry up the blood, but it wouldn't stop bleeding..so he pressed on my eye with his thumb to try and stop it..no success. Now my eye was killing me, and he said he had to take out the stitches and continue to burn the veins..all I wanted now was to leave...NOW..but couldn't. He got the bleeding to stop, put the stitches back in + a 4th one to prevent it from pulling apart later on. During that time the freezing was wearing off even more. As soon as that was done I asked if we was finished...he said yes and I left right now. I went out, got my coat, didn't talk to my wife or anyone...just wanted out and get home. At home my wife put me right to bed and gave me sleeping pills and pain pills...I slept through the night, the next day and night. It was hell. My wife was my angel and without her I don't know what might have happened. Day 5 and I'm out of bed, this is day 6 and I am sitting up typing this with a patch over my eye. The pain is gone for the most part, but it feels like eye lashes in there and it burns a bit. Please, don't do like I did and go in blind, so to speak, if you only have one eye specialist in town don't hesitate to go elsewhere and do like above...get it removed and a piece of skin " glued " back in it's place....Thanks