Benjamin’s vitrectomy surgery went smoothly today and he is recovering nicely. However, the surgeon didn’t really like what he saw when he was in there. There was a lot more scarring and bleeding that formed since the last surgery, which was the reason the retinas did not unfold. In his own words “there is a lot of disease” and his eyes are “in bad shape”. Not exactly what you want to hear.
He was able to remove the scarring but when he tried to flatten the retinas with a gas bubble like last time, the retinas were too stiff and wouldn’t unfold. Instead this time he filled Ben’s eyes with a viscous liquid that put enough pressure on the retinas that they flattened against the back of the eye. The problem is the liquid only lasts for a few days and there s the risk the retinas will go back to being unfolded after the pressure is gone. If this happens, the surgeon does not know if there is anything further he can do.
It is also worth noting that even if this does work, the best Benjamin will be able to see is very limited. The surgeon described it as “ambulatory” – meaning he can get around a room by himself. But even this is something worth hoping for.
We won’t know if it worked for weeks – so keep that hope coming.