Orbital Surgery


Why Would I Need Orbital Surgery?

While there is an extensive list of reasons why you may require orbital (eye socket) surgery, the most common conditions include orbital tumors, orbital wall fractures, and thyroid eye disease. The particular procedure and approach will vary depending on the type of condition as well as the specific location within the orbit. The orbit is a space with many vital structures, so your surgeon will discuss with you the options, help weigh the risks and benefits, and together consider whether surgery is appropriate for you. Prior to surgery, your surgeon will order imaging studies (CT or MRI) for surgical planning. If you do come for an evaluation, if you have had imaging studies already completed, please try to obtain and bring a copy of those imaging studies to your visit.

The Surgery :

The specific orbital surgery will depend on the specific condition of interest. Some orbital surgeries can be performed through incisions on the inside of the eyelid, and usually heal without a scar. In some cases, skin incisions are required. Typically, the surgery is performed in an outpatient (non-hospital) setting under general anesthesia, meaning you are asleep for the procedure. Patients are able to go home the same day of the procedure.

What to Expect After Surgery :

You may go home with a patch over the eye for the first few days up to 1 week. Bruising and swelling is typical after surgery and peaks in the first post-operative week. We recommend remaining home to recover for approximately one week. Thereafter, most patients can comfortably return to work. During the recovery period, heavy exertion is avoided.