Enucleation & Evisceration Procedure in Pasadena
Minimally Invasive Procedures that Prioritize Your Comfort
Enucleation is the removal of the eye for various reasons. Evisceration is a procedure similar to enucleation, which is more minimally invasive in which sclera (the white eye shell attached to the eye muscles) is not removed. Eye motility and cosmetic outcome is generally better than enucleation. You can trust our California Oculoplastics and Retina team for both eye procedures.
What are the Differences Between the Enucleation & Evisceration Procedures?
Enucleation and evisceration are surgical procedures performed on the eye for different medical reasons:
- Enucleation: It involves the removal of the entire eye, leaving intact eye muscles and orbital contents, often due to severe trauma, unmanageable pain, or certain eye tumors.
- Evisceration: It involves removing the eye’s contents while leaving the sclera and muscles intact, often replacing the contents with an orbital implant, used in cases of extreme damage or in the presence of a blind, painful eye.
What are the Benefits of the Enucleation Procedure?
The benefits of the enucleation procedure include:
- Pain Relief: It can alleviate severe, intractable eye pain associated with trauma, infection, or tumors.
- Treatment of Eye Conditions: It can effectively manage extensive ocular damage, certain tumors, or uncontrollable infections.
- Prevention of Further Complications: Enucleation can prevent the spread of severe infections or tumors to surrounding tissues, reducing the risk of serious complications and preserving overall health.
What are the Advantages of the Evisceration Procedure?
The advantages of the evisceration procedure include:
- Preservation of Orbital Structure: It maintains the integrity of the orbital structure, allowing for better cosmetic outcomes and prosthetic eye fitting.
- Potential for Improved Cosmesis: Evisceration can result in better aesthetic results, particularly when an ocular prosthesis is used.
- Reduced Risk of Complications: It may carry a lower risk of postoperative complications compared to enucleation, particularly with regard to implant exposure and extrusion.
How to Know Whether I Need the Enucleation or Evisceration Procedure?
The decision between enucleation and evisceration depends on various factors, including the specific eye condition, severity of damage, and the patient’s overall health. Our Pasadena surgeon will assess your case comprehensively, considering factors such as the extent of ocular damage, presence of tumors, and potential for visual restoration, to determine the most suitable procedure for your condition.