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Trabeculectomy

Posted On: 04-23-2015
Trabeculectomy

What is a Trabeculectomy?

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).

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Trabeculectomy:

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.

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