What Is Trabectome®?

Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Trabectome is a surgical procedure used to treat glaucoma.
Trabectome is a surgical procedure used to treat glaucoma.

Trabectome® is a surgical procedure used to treat glaucoma, which is an eye disease that causes the patient to lose his vision gradually. During this minimally invasive procedure, the eye doctor will make a tiny incision in the eye to remove diseased tissue. This also aids in the drainage of excess fluid from the eye to prevent high intraocular pressure, or pressure within the eye. As with any procedure, patients should look for an eye doctor who has experience performing this specific surgery.

Glaucoma causes a person to lose vision gradually.
Glaucoma causes a person to lose vision gradually.

Patients should prepare for the eye surgery by discussing the procedure with the eye doctor. Trabectome® is typically performed with a local anesthetic; however, the patient may prefer to be unconscious or sedated. If the patient prefers general anesthesia, he will likely be instructed not to consume solid food for a period of time prior to the surgery. Patients should also disclose their other medical conditions, medications, and supplements. They should arrange to have someone drive them home from the clinic, and to help them around their homes for a few days afterward.

After the eye doctor applies the anesthetic, he will make a tiny incision in the eye that is affected by glaucoma and will then use an electrosurgical pulse to remove the diseased tissues. Saline solution will be used to rinse the eye and remove any lingering diseased tissue. The entire procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Trabectome® generally requires a much shorter recovery time than other types of eye surgeries; however, patients should expect to rest at home for several days. Over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate any discomfort. Patients will return to the clinic for a check-up the day following the surgery, as well as one week and two weeks afterward. The eye doctor may instruct the patient to wear a protective eye shield for a period of time, especially while sleeping.

During their recovery from Trabectome®, patients should only wear glasses if necessary, and avoid contact lenses. Strenuous activities and eye makeup should be avoided for several weeks. The doctor will advise the patient about when he may resume his normal activities.

Before undergoing Trabectome® surgery, patients should discuss the potential risks with their doctors. It is possible, but unlikely, for loss of vision or an infection to occur. Other risks of Trabectome ® can include temporary bleeding and discomfort. Typically, it takes several days for the patient's vision to return, but occasionally this may be delayed. Patients who experience any side effects or complications should call their doctors immediately.

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