Retinal Detachment Surgery in Germany

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Germany performing Retinal Detachment Surgery.
Heidelberg University Hospital Contact Heidelberg University Hospital
University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg University Hospital is one of Europe`s leading medical centers. World-renowned experts provide comprehensive care of the highest international standards in all medical specialties.
Availability:
Retinal Detachment is treated at Heidelberg University Hospital
Listed ophthalmologists:
Prof. Gerd U. Auffarth
Prof. Gerd U. Auffarth
Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology
Prof. Mike P. Holzer
Prof. Mike P. Holzer
Director of Refractive Surgery
DRK Kliniken Berlin Contact DRK Kliniken Berlin
Non-profit Hospital, Berlin, Germany
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The DRK Ophthamology out-patient centre majors in cataract surgery, while the in-patient Ophthamology department receives retinal, glaucoma and corneal transplant cases. Dr. Klaus - Martin Kreusel, University Lecturer, heads this department and oversees diagnostic method and choice of surgery.
Availability:
Retinal Detachment is treated at DRK Kliniken Berlin
Klinikum Stuttgart Contact Klinikum Stuttgart
Public Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany
One of Germany's largest hospitals, made up of more than 50 clinics and specialist institutes spanning all medical specialties. Kinikum Stuttgart is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Germany, and is a referral center for oncology, ENT, pediatrics and more.
Availability:
Retinal Detachment is treated at Klinikum Stuttgart
5 listed ophthalmologists:view all >
Prof. Egon Georg Weidle
Prof. Egon Georg Weidle
Medical Director of the Opthalmology Clinic
Dr. Eckart Apfelstedt-sylla
Dr. Eckart Apfelstedt-sylla
Squint Treatment, Eyelid and Lacrimal Surgery, Neuro-ophthalmology, Electrophysiology
University Medical Center Freiburg Contact University Medical Center Freiburg
University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany
The University Medical Center Freiburg is one of the largest medical facilities in Europe and part of the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, one of five outstanding centers of academic excellency in Germany.
Availability:
Retinal Detachment is treated at University Medical Center Freiburg
4 listed ophthalmologists:view all >
Prof. Thomas Reinhard, MD
Prof. Thomas Reinhard, MD
Medical Director of the Department of Ophthalmology
Prof. Michael Bach
Prof. Michael Bach
Head of the Department of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology centers in Germany (Page 1 of 1)

About Retinal Detachment Surgery

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.
What is Retinal Detachment Surgery?
Retinal detachment surgery is carried out to treat a retinal detachment and return it to its normal position.
Surgery is currently the only option for treating retinal detachment.

What are the types of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The most common Retinal Detachment Surgery procedures are:
  • Pneumatic retinopexy: A laser or cryotherapy procedure seals the retinal hole or tear and a gas bubble is injected into the cavity in the eye to push the retina towards the eye’s outer wall.
  • Scleral buckling: Holes or tears in the retina are sealed with an electric current or frozen with a cryoprobe or laser. A scleral buckle made of synthetic material is then placed on the outer wall of the eye which compresses the eye and pushes the retinal tear towards the outer wall. Often a gas or air bubble is inserted into the cavity to prevent the hole from moving until scarring takes place and holds it in position.
  • Vitrectomy: The surgeon makes small cuts in the eye and removes the fluid in the eye, replacing it with gas to move the retina to a new position. Sometimes the surgeon also inserts a scleral buckle alongside the vitrectomy.

What are the chances of success?
85% of patients will be successfully treated with one operation, while the remaining 15% will requiring 2 or more operations.
How well you see after surgery depends in part on whether the central part of the retina (macula) was affected by the detachment before surgery, and if it was, for how long.

Duration of procedure/surgery:
1-3 hours, depending on the type of surgery performed.

Days admitted:
Usually done on an outpatient basis.
Vitrectomy may require an overnight stay.

Anesthesia:
Local or general anesthesia

Recovery:
- Limit physical activity for up to a week following retinal detachment surgery.
- If the gas bubble procedure is carried out you will need to keep your head facing down or to one side for up to four weeks in order to make sure the gas bubble fixes the retina in place successfully.
- Blurred vision following a retinal detachment surgery often persists for a few months.

Risks:
- Discomfort, redness and swelling.
- Double vision.
- Glaucoma.
- Cataracts.
- Drooping eyelid (ptosis).

After care:
- Use medicated eye drops and antibiotics after retinal detachment surgery.
- You will not be able to fly or travel to high altitudes for a few weeks following the gas bubble procedure.
- You may need a new glasses prescription if retinal detachment surgery has changed the shape of your eye.

    Browse by country