Re: retinal detachment fears
Hi, please don't think you are whining! retinal detachment can be very frightening, especially if you do not know what to expect. You are taking the first steps by seeking advice which is great.
Did your 1st retinal detachment result in loss of sight in that eye?
If I may advise the following, please be aware I am not an expert or doctor but have had retinal detachment myself and I've learnt a lot through my experience....
Retinal detachment is often considered an emergency surgery, particularly if this is your only good eye. Please seek medical attention as soon as you possibly can. The sooner you start the repair, the higher your chances of a good outcome.
The positioning you discuss is not easy, but this is needed if you have a vitrectomy with a gas bubble. The actual position you take up depends on the location of the hole or tear in your retina. Most people are face down but I had to take up 2 different positions during my 'posturing'. So your surgeon can advise the correct position for you.
Positioning is not without breaks to look after your personal care needs and eating etc ... It is usually 50 mins positioning in each hour. So 10 mins off each hour. Not everyone needs to position overnight. For example I was allowed to sleep 'not in position' but I was told not to lie on my back.
This feels hard right now, but you can do this, try to keep focused on the great work you are doing repairing your eye and the joy you will take from a successful repair. You can plan food and practical things in advance to make the journey easier.
In individuals who only have sight in one eye, this is particularly challenging as you will not be able to see through the gas bubble. You would need help for a few weeks whist the bubble did its job and slowly disapeared. Sometimes, if this is the situation, the doctor may consider injecting silicone oil instead of a gas bubble. You can see through oil (it's not great vision but better than none at all) but this will not disapear on its own, it requires a 2nd surgery to remove. There is also a higher complication rate so your surgeon would need to discuss all options with you. Oil is usually reserved for complex detachments or those indivduals with only 1 eye.
I live in the UK and I am lucky of course to have access to healthcare that I do not have to pay for, so many options are easier for me to make. I hope there is someone in the medical field who can help you with all aspects of these decisions.
Well done for taking the courage to ask for advice, this is a very helpful board to contact others.
I wish you luck with your surgery and hope for a good outcome for you.