Northeast Wisconsin Retina Associates

Surgical Procedures

PNEUMATIC RETINOPEXY

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy: Gas bubble injected

    Gas bubble injected

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy: Detached retina reattaches

    Detached retina reattaches

Pneumatic retinopexy is a surgical technique that can be used to repair some retinal detachments. Pneumatic retinopexy is performed on an outpatient basis in the retinal specialist’s office. It involves the injection of a gas bubble into the vitreous cavity of the eye. The patient must position his/her head properly to allow the buoyancy of the bubble to close the tear(s) in the retina and allow reattachment of the retina to occur. Cryotherapy or laser photocoagulation is also performed to seal the tear(s).

Following the procedure, the patient must maintain proper positioning for several days until the retinal tear(s) is adequately sealed. The gas bubble will dissolve gradually into the bloodstream over two to six weeks depending upon the type of gas utilized. During this time period, air travel or travel to a high altitude is prohibited since the reduction in atmospheric pressure will result in expansion of the gas bubble and a potentially damaging rise in eye pressure.

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