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The procedure can help to preserve vision, prevent further growth or spread of the tumor, and improve the appearance of the eyes. Early detection and treatment are crucial for successful outcomes.

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Our six skilled, board-certified ophthalmologists have received specialized training and share their expertise by educating providers around the globe in their cutting-edge techniques. They have performed thousands of surgeries with outstanding, life-changing results and have been consistently listed among the ‘Top Doctors in Chicago’ by Chicago Magazine. It is our deepest joy to see our patients’ lives transformed as they rediscover what it means to see the world with crystal clear clarity.

What is oculoplastic tumor removal?

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized field of ophthalmology that deals with conditions affecting the structures around the eye, including the eyelids, orbit, and lacrimal system. Tumors in these areas can be either benign or malignant, and their treatment depends on their location, size, and type.

Benign tumors can often be removed with a simple excision, while malignant tumors may require more extensive surgery, such as orbital exenteration or enucleation. At Chicago Cornea Consultants, a thorough examination is conducted to determine the extent of the tumor and its effects on the surrounding tissues. Imaging tests such as CT scans or MRIs may be used to gain a clearer view of the obstruction.

During surgery, the oculoplastic surgeon carefully removes the tumor while preserving as much of the healthy tissue as possible. Reconstruction of the affected area may be necessary to restore normal function and appearance. Overall, the goal is to completely remove the tumor while minimizing the risk of recurrence and preserving the patient's vision and quality of life.

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How is tumor removal performed?

Tumor removal surgery is performed by our board-certified oculoplastic surgeons, who have undergone extensive training in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Tumors can grow in the eyelids, conjunctiva (the thin, transparent membrane that covers the eye), lacrimal gland (the gland that produces tears), and the orbit. The surgery ensures that all cancerous cells are eliminated.

Depending on the tumor’s location and size, our providers may choose to access it via tiny incisions, using an endoscope (small tubular camera) to enhance precision. After the surgery, patients may experience minor discomfort, swelling, and bruising, symptoms that can be well-managed with pain medication and cold compresses. 

Who is a good candidate?

Patients who have been diagnosed with a tumor in or around the eye will make excellent candidates for removal surgery, provided that they have undergone a thorough examination and evaluation with our team. The tumor may be benign or malignant, and the treatment approach will depend on its type, size, and location.

Patients who experience symptoms such as vision loss, eye pain, or discomfort can especially benefit from oculoplastic tumor removal. Additionally, patients who have a history of eye trauma or injury may be at a higher risk of developing tumors and may require surgical intervention to remove them.

As with all surgeries, patients should be in good overall health and free from any underlying medical conditions that may interfere with the surgical procedure or its recovery. They should have realistic expectations of the procedure and should be willing to follow post-operative care instructions.

What are the benefits of tumor removal?

Improved vision

If the tumor is affecting the eye or surrounding structures, removing it can help restore or preserve vision.

Relief from symptoms

Tumors can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, swelling, and discomfort. Removing the tumor can alleviate these symptoms and improve quality of life.

Reduced risk of complications

If left untreated, tumors can continue to grow and potentially spread to other parts of the body. Removing the tumor can reduce the risk of additional health problems.

Improved aesthetics

Oculoplastic surgery can be used to remove tumors while also improving the appearance of the eye and surrounding structures.

Increased confidence

If the tumor is affecting the appearance of the eye or causing discomfort, removing it can increase confidence and self-esteem.

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Recovery after oculoplastic tumor removal

Recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual patient's healing process. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon to minimize the risk of complications. Patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following surgery.

During the first few days after surgery, it is important to keep the head elevated and abstain from any strenuous activities that could increase blood pressure or strain the surgical sites. Your surgeon may recommend applying cold compresses to reduce swelling and taking pain medication as needed. It is important to avoid rubbing or touching the surgical area and to keep the eyes clean and free from infection.

After the first week or so, most patients can return to their normal activities. Your surgeon will likely schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure that there are no complications. With proper care and attention, most patients can expect to fully recover within a few weeks to a few months after oculoplastic tumor removal surgery.

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