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Enucleation

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Enucleation

What is Enucleation?

During enucleation, the eye and part of the optic nerve are removed. An artificial eye is then placed and a prosthetic eye is fitted later.

Also Known As:

  • Eye removal
  • Cancer surgery
  • Painful blindness surgery
  • Optic nerve pain surgery

Conditions Treated with Enucleation:

Enucleation can be utilized in cases of painful blindness, eye infection, eye trauma, intraocular eye melanoma and retinoblastoma.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Enucleation:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to enucleation. Orbital evisceration and orbital exenteration are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Enucleation:

Enucleation can be performed with a local anesthetic. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Enucleation:

Possible risks following enucleation include infection, bleeding, scarring, swelling, pain and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience implant protrusion and socket irritation.

Prognosis after Enucleation:

The prognosis for a positive end result following enucleation is very good for removing cancer and preventing its recurrence. 

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