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Scleral Buckling Surgery in Latin America

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Latin America performing Scleral Buckling Surgery.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc

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Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.

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Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.

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Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.

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Dr. Edith de Lopez

Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Eye Disease

Dr. Karla Ng Gonzalez

Ophthalmology

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Hospital CIMA Monterrey

Hospital CIMA Monterrey is an acute-care hospital that was originally a women's specialty hospital (formerly known as Hospital Santa Engracia) when it opened in 1996. It is located in San Pedro, Garza Garcia, a suburb of Monterrey, in Mexico.

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San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.

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Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.

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About Scleral Buckling 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 Scleral Buckling?

Sclera buckling refers to a surgical procedure that involves a piece of silicone plastic or sponge being sewn onto the sclera at the location of a retina tear, for the purpose of pushing the sclera towards the retinal tear. The buckle pushes the sclera against the retina until the tear is sealed by scar tissue. It also prevents further retinal detachment by preventing fluid leakage.


Why is Scleral Buckling done?

Scleral buckling is used to reattach the retina and is effective in supporting a tear, hole, or break. It is performed to reestablish the anatomic proximity between the separated retina and its underlying tissue. An acute retinal detachment is considered an ophthalmologic emergency that could rapidly progress to irreversible loss of vision in the affected eye if not treated.


Procedure

The scleral buckling procedure is performed in an operating room, under either general or local anesthesia depending on the doctor’s judgment. Patients are given eye drops just before the procedure, to dilate the pupil and allow better access to the eye. The patient is then put under anesthesia, and after the eye is numbed, the eye membrane is cut to expose the sclera. In instances where the surgeon’s view of the retinal detachment is blocked by inflammation or bleeding, a vitrectomy may be performed before sclera buckling.


Expectations after Surgery

Upon surgery, one may experience pain for a few days. The eye may be red and swollen or even tender for a few weeks. Eye drops are often administered to prevent infections and keep the pupil from dilating and constricting. Additionally, one may have to wear an eye patch for a day or two after surgery.

However, complications may arise soon after surgery. The patient should contact the doctor in case they develop one or more of these signs:

  • Decreasing vision.
  • Swelling around the eye.
  • Increasing redness.
  • Increasing pain.
  • Any discharge from the eye.
  • Any new floaters, flashes of light, or changes in your field of vision

The success of scleral buckling is determined by the extent of initial macular involvement. The most crucial factor affecting the success of restoring visual acuity is the presence or absence of macular involvement.


There are several factors that also predict poor visual function such as:
  • Age (>70 y)
  • Macular detachment occurring more than 7 days prior to surgery
  • Severe proliferative vitreoretinopathy
  • Intraoperative hemorrhage

What to think about

There are several ways in which retinal detachment may be corrected. Each method can help restore good vision. The results vary depending on the cause, location, and type of detachment, which determine which type of surgery to be employed.

Risks : There are both short-term and long-term risks associated with Scleral buckling. In most cases, these complications never arise, but it is important to be aware of them. These risks include: Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), which is a type of scarring on the retina that may cause the retina to detach again. PVR calls for additional treatment, which may include vitrectomy surgery. Detachment of the choroid, which is part of the tissue that forms the eyeball, or swelling in the retinal area may delay healing. People with glaucoma face the risk of the sclera buckle pressure raising the fluid pressure inside the eyeball. There are chances of the eye developing infections. Antibiotics and corticosteroids may be needed to treat the infection and reduce discharge from the eye. The buckling device might cause irritation and discomfort as a result of rubbing on to other parts of the eye. If this becomes the case, it may have to be removed. Impaired vision might also be caused by bleeding in the eye. There are other ways in which the surgical procedure may affect your vision. Such include: Your vision may be affected as a result of the sclera buckling changing the natural shape of your eye. The change in shape may cause a refractive error that could affect your vision. In case this occurs, it may be corrected using glasses or contact lenses. Misaligned eyes known as strabismus and double vision known as diplopia may result from improper movement of the eye muscles that may result from the presence of the sclera buckle.

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