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I am related to someone who was a pioneer in retinal reattachment surgury long ago and he was a real jerk. Very skilled but self absorbed and didn't like patient questions. Some people loved him. We now go to his much younger partner who is wonderful, with a positive manner. I think we have to speak up and keep asking our questions in a respectful way. My PCP told me recently how stressed all doctors are with the pandemic so maybe it's this. My always wonderful stomach specialist blew off my questions last visit. I see this doctor again next week. Will go with my notes with my questions. Next visit, write down your questions and read from your notes and take a friend or loved one who will help you speak up. If they allow you to have another person in the office, which is not allowed during COVID-19 here anymore. 

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@Scooby Doo wrote:

Another poster has had a long recovery from this same surgery.  Perhaps she can offer you some words of wisdom.

@RinaRina is who I think it is.


@Scooby Doo

 

I am not sure about RinaRina but I know @shortbreadlover had various issues with detached retinas.  She would post in Among Friends.

 

However, she has not posted since March 2020 but maybe she will respond to this tag.

 

I hope she is ok.

""Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -Rumi
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@Cakers3 wrote:

@Scooby Doo wrote:

Another poster has had a long recovery from this same surgery.  Perhaps she can offer you some words of wisdom.

@RinaRina is who I think it is.


@Scooby Doo

 

I am not sure about RinaRina but I know @shortbreadlover had various issues with detached retinas.  She would post in Among Friends.

 

However, she has not posted since March 2020 but maybe she will respond to this tag.

 

I hope she is ok.


Yes, thanks for the correction.

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In more severe tears, a procedure called a scleral buckle may be performed. During a scleral buckle a doctor will place a flexible band around the eye to counteract the force that is pulling the retina out of place. The fluid behind the detached retina will be drained, and the retina should return to its normal place in the back of the eye. This procedure is done in a hospital, operating room, or surgery clinic. Local or general anesthesia will be used, and you may need to stay overnight in the hospital. 

 

I had this procedure in the early 90's and never had another detachment.  Recovery was painful but the end result was worth it...was never given a gas bubble.  My vision is 20/20 and I don't require corrective lenses to drive.  I am always able to pass the vision test at the DMV.