What You Should Know About Orbital Tumor Surgeries

 In Orbital Surgery, Orbital Tumor, Surgery

Children and adults alike do suffer from tumors that occur in the eye socket, known as an Orbital Tumor. Some grow slowly. Others grow quickly.  CT Scans and MRI are the best methods for detecting and neutralizing the tumors. Our team has extensive expertise in this area and today we want to provide information on what to expect as you and your family go through this ordeal. A treatment plan can be implemented once the location has been identified.  But that is only the first step in a long process. What is there to know about Orbital Tumor surgeries? And what happens to the patients? Much, it turns out.

What are the symptoms of an Orbital Tumor?

Have you or any of your loved ones experiencing a flattened eyeball or numbness around the eye? Or are you experiencing pain around the eye with a swollen or droopy eyelid? If that is the case, you may have an orbital tumor. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should be examined by an eye doctor immediately. At medical centers, multidisciplinary tumor boards with highly trained specialists will evaluate the patient to see develop the best treatment plan for that individual. It is just as important to understand the goals of the surgery as it to understand the symptoms.


Goals of an Orbital Tumor Surgery


To say the least, surgery to remove an orbital tumor is complex due to the delicate location and should only be performed by highly trained neurosurgical teams who have experience in the field. There are three main goals of any surgery. The first and most important goal is to prevent a malignancy from progressing to a terminal stage. The next goals are to preserve vision and the eye. And last, but certainly not least, is to alleviate the symptoms of the tumor and have the patient restored back to health.


There are a few unfortunate cases when the only way to remove the tumor and save the patient’s life is through a process known as enucleation. It is a process that involves the removal of the eye. When it is required a prosthetic eye can be attached to the muscles so that moves in sync with the other eye. Typically, a surgery to remove one of these can last anywhere between four and eight hours. It all depends on the size of the tumor.


Recovery and aftermath


The average patient who undergoes treatment for an orbital tumor is typically hospitalized for 3-7 days. The recovery time can take an additional two to six weeks. After 48 hours of antibiotics are prescribed to the patient. Only in special cases are eyes occluded. 10 days after the surgery has happened patients can carry on a normal life as long they do not physically exert themselves. Once 20 days pass the patient almost always recovers and regain health. One complication is hemorrhage in the orbit.


If a patient is undergoing that, he/she will be closely examined, especially since it can be blinding. The day after the surgery the patient will be evaluated by the doctors. Any changes regarding papillary function, vision or extraocular motility will be closely scrutinized. For patients who are in sight, their eye is not patched because doctors fear a potential hemorrhage and increased orbital pressure. That will cause a compromise in the  intraorbital structure


Potential Complications


The loss of vision is the most serious complication that the surgery can cause. While many are not sure of the exact reason why there is speculation that excessive pressure along with retraction of the globe can cause this. Another risk factor is that compression of the central retinal artery can cause irreversible blindness. Are you or anyone in your family going through dealing with orbital tumors. If so, we can help you. Our team has unmatched. expertise and we always put the customer first. You don’t have to go through this alone. We are here to help you, and that includes orbital tumor.


Dr. Lee Bottem is an accomplished Ophthalmologist located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He has specialized in disorders of the face, both medically and cosmetically, for many years. Along with his talented and dedicated staff members, their commitment to quality customer service and professionalism is unparalleled. It is their goal to help you obtain the best vision possible and keep your eyes both healthy and strong.

Contact us today if you are interested to learn more about our services by giving us a call at, (918) 290-2300 or check out on our Facebook & Instagram!


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