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Retinal Surgery

The physicians at Associated Retina Consultants are vitreoretinal surgeons who have extensive training and experience in advanced retinal surgical techniques. Most of our procedures are completed in an outpatient surgical center.

Our surgical coordinators will schedule your surgery depending on the urgency of your procedure, where you live in the valley, the doctor’s schedule, and your health insurance contracts. You will be given very specific instructions about your particular surgery by our scheduling team. Please be prepared to have someone drive you home from surgery.

Common Retinal Surgeries

Torn Retina Surgery

Most retinal tears need to be treated by sealing the retina to the back wall of the eye with laser surgery or cryotherapy (a freezing treatment). Both of these procedures create a scar that helps seal the retina to the back of the eye. This prevents fluid from traveling through the tear and under the retina, which usually prevents the retina from detaching. These treatments cause little or no discomfort and may be performed in your ophthalmologist’s office.

Laser surgery (photocoagulation)
With laser surgery, your ophthalmologist uses a laser to make small burns around the retinal tear. The scarring that results seals the retina to the underlying tissue, helping to prevent a retinal detachment.

Freezing treatment (cryopexy)
Your eye surgeon uses a special freezing probe to apply intense cold and freeze the retina around the retinal tear. The result is a scar that helps secure the retina to the eye wall.

Detached Retina Surgery

Almost all patients with retinal detachments must have surgery to place the retina back in its proper position. Otherwise, the retina will lose the ability to function, possibly permanently, and blindness can result. The method for fixing retinal detachment depends on the characteristics of the detachment. In each of the following methods, your ophthalmologist will locate the retinal tears and use laser surgery or cryotherapy to seal the tear.

Scleral buckle
This treatment involves placing a flexible band (scleral buckle) around the eye to counteract the force pulling the retina out of place. The ophthalmologist often drains the fluid under the detached retina, allowing the retina to settle back into its normal position against the back wall of the eye. This procedure is performed in an operating room.

Vitrectomy
This surgery is commonly used to fix a retinal detachment and is performed in an operating room. The vitreous gel, which is pulling on the retina, is removed from the eye and usually replaced with a gas bubble.

Sometimes an oil bubble is used (instead of a gas bubble) to keep the retina in place. Your body’s own fluids will gradually replace a gas bubble. An oil bubble will need to be removed from the eye at a later date with another surgical procedure. Sometimes vitrectomy is combined with a scleral buckle.

If a gas bubble was placed in your eye, your ophthalmologist may recommend that you keep your head in special positions for a time. Do not fly in an airplane or travel at high altitudes until you are told the gas bubble is gone. A rapid increase in altitude can cause a dangerous rise in eye pressure. With an oil bubble, it is safe to fly on an airplane.

Pneumatic retinopexy
In this procedure, a gas bubble is injected into the vitreous space inside the eye in combination with laser surgery or cryotherapy. The gas bubble pushes the retinal tear into place against the back wall of the eye. Sometimes this procedure can be done in the ophthalmologist’s office. Your ophthalmologist will ask you to constantly maintain a certain head position for several days. The gas bubble will gradually disappear.

Our Offices

Primary Phone: (602) 242-4928

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Office Hours: Monday thru Friday from 8AM to 5PM

Goodyear

1626 N. Litchfield Rd. Suite 250
Goodyear, AZ 85395

Gilbert

3513 S. Mercy Road
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Mesa

1933 S. Alma School Road
Mesa, AZ 85210

Phoenix

1750 E. Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Scottsdale

14500 Northsight Blvd Suite 121
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Peoria

15353 N. 91st Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85381

Prescott Valley

2517 N. Great Western Drive Suite K
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Prescott

1055 W Iron Springs Road.
Prescott AZ 86305

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Casa Grande, AZ 85122

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Cottonwood, AZ 86326

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900 N. San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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302 W Main Street Payson
Payson, AZ 85541

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95 Soldiers Pass Rd A-1
Sedona, AZ 86336