Pterygium Removal Surgery is required by patients who have a lesion in their eye which has become severe. Mild cases of Pterygium can be treated by use of eye drops and antibiotics. The lesion then begins to interfere with the vision and causes constant discomfort to the patient. When such is the case surgery is the only option. The removed Pterygium is then replaced with patients own conjunctiva (surface eye tissue) or through preserved amniotic membrane (placenta) to fill the empty space that has been created by the removal of the pterygium. Time taken for Pterygium Removal Surgery is around 30-45 minutes only.
Pterygium Removal Surgery is referred only in cases where there no other option of treating the lesion. This is because complications can arise after Surgery. Such complications due to Pterygium Removal Surgery can be
- Persistent lesion even after the surgery
- Eye sight of the patient can be affected
- Constant redness of the eye
- Corneal scarring
- Complete/Partial perforation of the white part of the eye
Although such cases are rare the doctors take full precautions before referring the patient for surgery. Therefore, success rate of Pterygium Removal Surgery is upwards of 90%. Complications if any mostly occurs in the first year after surgery. 97% of complications that occur are known to occur only in first year.
Patients have to wear an eye patch post surgery for 2-3 days. After the surgery patients are given steroid eye drops which have to be taken for few weeks. These eye-drops ensure complete healing of the lesion and prevent re-occurrence of the lesion. The doctor may monitor the patient for upto one year to rule out any occurrence of complication.
Cost of Pterygium Removal Surgery is approximately between $ 1200 – $2200 USD depending upon individual patient case. India has some of the best eye hospitals for treating Pterygium Removal Surgery. Some of the best eye clinics are in Delhi and providing patients with high quality affordable low cost Pterygium Removal Surgery. Medicure Medical Travels assists international patients in getting eye surgery in India.