Retinal detachment surgery is not always successful. Every patient is different and some detached retinas are more complicated to treat than others. Some patients might need more than one operation. Your surgeon will discuss with you the risks and benefits of the operation you are about to have.
These are the risks and benefits that appear on the consent form for the operation:
1. There is an 85-90% success with one operation of your retina going flat and staying flat. There is a 5-10% risk that you will need further surgery due to new breaks forming in the retina or the development of scar tissue.
2. Due to the surgery and the insertion of gas in your eye, you could develop a cataract in the operated eye, this is easily treated when the cataract matures.
3. Every surgical procedure carries the risk of infection and haemorrhage (bleeding). Eye surgery is no different – the risks are low, but should they occur, you could have permanent visual loss.
Complications are not common and in most cases we can treat effectively. Very rarely some complications can result in blindness.
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