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orbital decompression

hi, im 30 yrs old male from the philippines. This year in april 1 week before i went for vacation in the philippines , one day i woke up in the morning i saw my left eye different from my right eye like it's not even. When i was in the philippines i went to the first doctor and he said its a "viral infection" and he just gave me drops. I didn't see any changes and then i decided to go to another doctor to get a second opinion and he said he's gonna do a test and see  what causes of my eye to bulged.  But the T3 T4 was negative so as the other results it's means i don't have thyroid desease and the CT scan result says 'pseudo tumor' a swelling going on behind my left eye and it's causes my eye to push forward. And he gave me 'prednisone costicosteroids' to control the inflammation and it lasted 3 weeks but then again i didn't see any changes. After a month i went back to canada where i work and see a specialist an opthalmologist and he said he will do a surgery to my left eye called 'orbital decompression' my concern was is it the right thing to go for a surgery but they didn't know the cause of it?
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233488 tn?1310696703
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I would get a second opinion from another oculoplastic surgeon. use the search feature and archives and read about orbital pseudotumor. Also read about orbital decompression which is a very major operation with a long recovery period. The standard treatment of OP is steroid use and not jump into orbital decompression surgery. You might also read the section on OP on webMD.

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How long is the recovery after the surgery?  I was going back to work for atleast a month after my surgery. Is one month enough for my recovery? I quit taking the steroids because it has a side effect on my body that is why my doctor decided to do it in surgery.
233488 tn?1310696703
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Varies tremendously as you will see from reading the posts. Steroids are sometimes injected into the orbit to avoid systemic side effects.
JCH MD
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