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Pytergium Surgery - with autograft - stiches or stitchless?
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Pytergium Surgery - with autograft - stiches or stitchless?

I am 54 years old and just had inter-ocular lens implants in both eyes - ReStor in one eye and ReZoom in the other. My eyesight has iimproved drastically, except for far vision in my left eye, which has a pytergium that my doctor thinks is "bending" my eye and causing vision distortion. I am scheduled for pytergium removal with autograft with stitches on June 7, 2007.

I am concerned about pain and recovery time with this method using stitches, versus the "stitchless" technique using fibrin glue. Which technique is best, and which should I choose?
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it depends on the patient and the doctor and the pterygium.  each procedure has its pros & cons, and each procedure works a little bit differently depending on the lesion.  there is no real 'better' or 'worse' procedure.  too many factors.  

best to trust your surgeon.  if you are uncomfortable with his/her decision, seek a second opinion.
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Is there a significant difference in recovery time for the two options?  And, is it common for a surgeon to use just one technique, or do most perform both the "stitchless" and "stitch" autograft procedures?

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most surgeons that i know do both or have done both.  the stichless one has shorter recovery time, but as far as i know is limited to a certain size/type of pterygium.  i think the larger/more invasive ones need the stitch type.
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Thank you for your help.  I appreciate your honest answers.
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