Vitreoretinal surgery is a blanket term which refers to multiple retinal procedures, some of which are performed in the consulting room and others in theatre. Retina Surgery Centre strives to provide the best possible care for such patients.
Dr Wolff and Dr Sandri are both internationally fellowship trained vitreoretinal surgeons. Their expertise include non-invasive procedures such as focal argon laser (laserpexy) and cryotherapy (cryopexy) for retinal breaks, panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) for proliferative retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, as well as intravitreal injections for a number of retinal pathologies.
Very often surgery is required to treat vitreoretinal conditions such as floaters (floaterectomy), vitreous haemorrhage, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, persistent macular oedema, vitreomacular traction and retinal detachments. Most of these conditions are treated with keyhole surgery referred to as a pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). Many myopic patients with retinal detachments qualify for cryobuckle surgery rather than PPVs, however this will be decided by the treating surgeon.
When treating retinal detachments, a short term or long term tamponade of gas or oil is required at the end of the surgery. A gas tamponade will disappear over a few weeks however if oil is used, it will need to be removed at a later date once the retina has settled. Patients can expect posturing as part of their post operative care as well as follow up visits with their surgeon.