Eye Surgery & Hospital Stay

Eye Surgery & Hospital Stay

Becoming Informed

If you are considering surgery, you should always consider the potential benefits of surgery along with the possible risks of and alternatives to surgery. While many retinal surgeries are urgent, this is not always the case. Ultimately, the decision to operate must be left up to the patient using information provided from many sources. The surgeons who practice at the Tertiary Retinal Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital will help provide you with as much information as possible and take time to answer all of your questions. The team also will coordinate your care with your primary physician when indicated as well as any referring eye care doctor.

Outpatient Process and Surgery Time

Most retinal surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Good Samaritan Hospital. We often use local anesthesia with monitored anesthesia care. This "twilight" anesthesia may facilitate more rapid recovery. In children and select adults, general anesthesia care may be used. Most patients will go to the hospital admitting the day of surgery, followed by the preoperative holding area and then the operating room. The surgery may take 30 minutes to several hours depending on the nature of the disease.

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