I have a surgery schdeuled on October 17 at 1:00PM, but Dr. Shatz in Atlanta. I have heard that there can be severe pain afterwards from this. Is this true and how much recovery time from work should I plan?
It can be uncomfortable after pterygium surgery for about a week or more. You probably will have some irritation, sensitivity, light sensitivity, tearing, blurry vision that will gradually improve over a few weeks. Severe pain is very unusual. You might be able to return to work in 3-4-5 days depending on how you are doing. These are just rough generalized numbers - could be much different with different patients or different surgeons. Feel free to ask your surgeon - only he know how his patients typically recover and when he will let you go back to work. Are you getting a conjunctival autograft or amniotic membrane graft or Mitomycin C or other? Just curious.
Michael Kutryb, MD
The doc has not informed me this much and frankly has not been honest at all about the pain, leading me to believe that I would be wearing a pacth for a day, but back to work the next. Is this a surgery where pain mdeciation is a usual thing, or usually not offered? I am a litte miffed at the doc for not telling me more as I cannot even answer your quetions. It's neve too lake to change dods.
You should not need oral pain medication - except sometimes just for the first night to help you get to sleep might not be a bad idea. You still might be able to go to work the next day - but depends what your job is - and how you feel. You definitely won't be at 100%. Regardless - you will have some irritation for a while. Also - you may also have some persistant redness in the eye for 4 - 6 weeks or more as you heal, especially if you get a graft.
Well thanks doc. Your first post had me a little worried. The surgery is on Thursday, so I "might" ask for the rest of that week off. I am already on a light pain med for Chronic pain in my Chostal region, so if needed I already have something a little stronger than APAP.
Maybe I'll show up for work with the patch on and they will make me go home....LOL..
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