During a vitrectomy surgery either all or part of or the vitreous humor is removed. A special gas filling (bubble) is then injected into the remaining space to help keep the retina in place and maintain normal intraocular pressure. The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours and can be performed under either local or general anesthesia (depending on your treating specialist’s decision). You will then be hospitalized for several days for observation and follow-up treatment.

Vitrectomy Indications

  • Leaking vitreous gel
  • Severe vitreous hemorrhages
  • Epiretinal membrane (macular pucker)
  • Severe proliferative/non-proliferative retinopathy (including diabetic retinopathy) and formation of scar tissue
  • Repair/prevention of traction
  • When access to the retina is required (i.e. in cases of retinal tears)
  • Vitreous floaters

All diagnostics and treatment will take place at Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

Vitrectomy Cost

The cost of vitrectomy surgery includes:

  • OCT
  • Ophthalmologist consultation
  • Preoperative preparation
  • Surgical intervention:
    • Operative procedure and 2 days of hospitalization
    • Disposable materials & equipment

Please note that you will be required to remain in Israel for approximately 20 days as flying is contraindicated until after the gas bubble has dissolved. Additionally, your doctor might instruct you to maintain a certain head position (i.e. lying face down) for a few days following the surgery.

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