Pars Plana Vitrectomy
Pars plana vitrectomy is an outpatient surgery which may be performed under twilight anesthesia (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia. 3 small ports (approximately 1/2mm in width) incisions are made into the white of the eye. The vitreous (gel) is removed. All retinal tears are relieved of any traction (pulling force) by the vitreous. The fluid between the retina and wall of the eye is removed and laser therapy is applied around the retinal tear. A gas bubble or silicone oil oil is then placed in the eye. The patient is asked to maintain a specific head position for 5-10 days.