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MACULAR PUCKER SURGERY..AFTER 6 MOS IT IS BACK...

I JUST HAD MY 6 MONTH CHECKUP AFTER HAVING A VICTRETOMY FOR MACULAR PUCKER IN MY LEFT EYE....THINGS ARE BAD AND IT IS COMING BACK...AND MY RIGHT EYE IS WORSE AND NEEDS TO BE DONE...I AM SCARED...HAVE TO WAIT 2 MONTHS TO SEE IF IT STAYS THE SAME OR GETS WORSE...CAN YOU GO BLIND? SO SCARED....HOW MANY REOPERATIVE SURGERIES CAN I HAVE ...WILL IT JUST KEEP COMING BACK...I HAVE A RETINA DR. IN SEATTLE...THE SURGERY WAS EASY... HELP!!

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Re:MACULAR PUCKER SURGERY..AFTER 6 MOS IT IS BACK...



may I ask who was your Seattle Surgeon ?


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I would definitely have it done, and if you want a 2nd opinion - I'm infavor of second opinions - Robert Nash MD also at Swedish has been highly recommended.


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4/6/11
Need quick response please as I am scheduled for macular pucker and vitrectomy this Monday and having COLD FEET big time with reading all of the people who have had complications and future surgeries.
I am going to either Dr. Ken Fung or Dr. Robert Francis both of Sweedish Hospital Seattle. Has any of you been to those Docs ? Would you recommend a Seattle Doc ?
If you had to do it all over, would you have made the decision to do the first surgery, or just "lived with leaving well enough alone" ? I am so stressed to the point of being sick. I would welcome any advice.


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I've had 2 operations for macular pucker, or also called epi-retinal membrane, right eye about 15 yrs ago, left eye 1 year ago. Right eye cleared up completely within 6 months, no symptoms whatsoever. I went to Los Angeles to get it done, although there were others willling to in the city where I was located. The left eye was done in Seattle 13 months ago and I'm left with a blurry central vision defect in that eye. I credit that to delaying the necessary surgery because of a delayed diagnosis on the part of my glaucoma specialist. I took myself to a retinologist who confirmed my expectations. I would go back to him nevertheless. In your place, I would get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. At least one of them should speak plainly about possible complications and possible resolutions. My central "fuzziness" results from edema (swelling) around the optic nerve, which may gradually go away, or it may not but probably will not get worse. Most physicians these days do not object to patients getting other opinions. Good luck!


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