Considering Eye Removal Surgery After Eye Cancer or Severe Injury

For patients facing eye cancer or recovering from a severe injury, eye removal surgery can be a necessary yet daunting prospect. The decision often comes after exhaustive treatments have been explored, including chemotherapy, radiation, or attempts to salvage the eye. When these measures are no longer viable, and pain, risk of further cancer spread, or significant vision impairment are present, eye removal becomes a considered option. Our goal at Elite Plastic Surgery is to ensure you're fully informed about the process, the implications for your health and well-being, and the cosmetic and functional outcomes you can expect. We’ll make every effort to ensure that your journey with us is guided by care and compassion. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure and how it can benefit you, reach out to Elite Plastic Surgery and set up your consultation with a team member today.

Enucleation Eye Removal Surgery

Enucleation involves the removal of the eye while preserving the surrounding tissues and eye socket. This procedure is typically recommended when there's an intraocular tumor or when the eye has suffered irreparable damage. During enucleation, a spherical implant is placed in the eye socket to maintain its structure and facilitate the attachment of a custom-made prosthetic eye.

The process is carried out under general anesthesia, ensuring your total comfort. Our surgeons at Elite Plastic Surgery are not only focused on the removal of the damaged or diseased eye but also on preparing the socket for the best possible cosmetic result with a prosthetic eye, striving for symmetry with the remaining eye and a natural appearance.

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Evisceration Eye Removal Surgery

Evisceration, on the other hand, is a procedure where the contents of the eye are removed, but the sclera (white part of the eye) and sometimes part of the cornea are left intact. This surgery is an option for patients with severe eye pain due to a non-functional eye and in cases where there's no risk of spreading an intraocular malignancy. 

Like enucleation, evisceration allows for the placement of an implant to support a prosthetic eye, with the aim of achieving a natural look and movement that mirrors the unaffected eye. Our expert team will carefully match the prosthetic to your natural eye color and size, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

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The Benefits of Eye Removal Surgery

Undergoing eye removal surgery can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with severe eye pain, unmanageable infections, or cancer. Beyond alleviating physical discomfort and mitigating health risks, these surgeries offer emotional and psychological relief by providing a path forward after a difficult diagnosis or injury. 

The ability to fit a prosthetic eye also offers cosmetic benefits, helping patients regain confidence in their appearance and engage more fully in social activities.

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Recovery After Eye Removal Surgery

Recovery from eye removal surgery involves a period of healing and adjustment. Initially, you may experience swelling and discomfort, both of which can effectively be managed with medication. Within a few weeks, the swelling will subside, and your focus will shift to adapting to life with a prosthetic eye. The team at Elite Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive aftercare, which will including fitting your prosthetic eye and ensuring that its comfort and appearance meet your expectations.

We’ll support you through every step of this process, from your initial consultation to your post-procedural recovery, offering guidance and empathy to help you adjust to this significant life change. If you’d like to learn more about these procedures and the benefits they can offer you, reach out to Elite Plastic Surgery and speak with a helpful team member to set up your initial consultation and begin your journey today.

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