During a trabeculectomy, a drainage hole is placed in the white part of the eye in order to reduce intraocular eye pressure.
Also Known As:
- Eye surgery
- Filtering microsurgery
Conditions Treated with a Trabeculectomy:
A trabeculectomy is utilized in order to treat glaucoma (intraocular eye pressure).
Medications may be used as a non-surgical alternative to trabeculectomy in order to treat glaucoma. Laser peripheral iridotomy is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with a Trabeculectomy:
A trabeculectomy is performed with sedation and a local anesthetic.
Potential Complications from a Trabeculectomy:
Possible risks following a trabeculectomy include infection, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for there to be a bleb formation from the drainage hole.
Prognosis after a Trabeculectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a trabeculectomy is good.
Recovery from a Trabeculectomy:
The total recovery time after a trabeculectomy is one to two weeks.