Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Cataract Surgery Completed!


One down and one to go!

Bill's cataract surgery went well today.  

His appointment was at 10:10 am  this morning. They were waiting for us.

Right on time the fine folks at the Delaware Eye Institute Surgery Center escorted Bill through the double swing doors back to the surgery unit.

I was told that the total procedure would take about an hour and a half.

Since I had no desire to sit in the waiting room for an hour and a half scrolling through my iPhone reading about the latest outrages by Trump, I decided to visit the nearby Walmart. Always an adventure to see Walmart People.  And folks, I wasn't disappointed. 

I returned to the waiting room after my Walmart excursion.  Bill was ready.

They told me to go back into the surgery center. There was Bill on the gurney.  He had a patch on his right eye. He was woozy but he said "That was fun!" 




Turns out they knock you out when they do surgery.  And here I thought they did it while you were awake.  Wow, that is a relief.  I have cataract surgery in my future and that was something I was dreading, keeping my eye open while they cut it. 

Bill had to sign some release forms.

Bill signs release forms after cataract surgery


I was given post op instructions.  They put Bill in a wheel chair and asked me to bring my car around to the front of the building.  They would wheel Bill out.



Everything went well folks. Thanks goodness!  I was fearing another roadblock or delay. 

Tomorrow we have an appointment at 8:20 am for a followup then another appointment this time next week for another followup.

Then if everything goes all right we do it all over again with the left eye. 

Progress folks, progress!


14 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Wow, is the knocking out new? I was awake for both of my surgeries, although numbed up and high on joy juice. Since I refused to watch the video, my doctor (who's twelve if he's a day) explained that it was like taking an m&m, splitting it open, and then removing the chocolate and putting in the see good stuff in its place. Works for me! I'm so glad Bill came thru with flying colors.

    Deedles

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    1. Deedles,
      I was asked if I wanted to watch. I answered "No way!" Are you kidding? I thought he would be awake during surgery too. It is a relief to find out that they do knock you out. I'm all for going under during these surgeries.
      Ron

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    2. Oh, my. That is totally my feeling with all doctors at this point. Especially when they respond in the affirmative with 'cool'. Ugh.

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  2. Anonymous6:46 PM

    fantastic! I remember my grandmother being bedridden with her head kept steady by sandbags. We come along way since 1960

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    1. Anonymous,
      Wow. I can't imagine Bill going through that procedure. He was told to keep his head steady tonight. He'll sleep sitting up in a chair.
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous7:20 PM

    It seems like in the bad old days that you DID have to be awake (although given something to "relax" you, and perhaps numb the eye) for the surgery. Not that they came directly at you with a huge scalpel or anything, though. Good to know you can be "out" now. Hope recovery is uneventful. How long until the other eye can be done? ~ NB

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    1. NB,
      I was surprised to find out that they knocked Bill out. I have a cataract surgery in my future. This is good to know.
      Ron

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that Bill finally had the surgery (or at least half of it). Progress is being made. Take care and give my best to Bill.

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    1. I will Jon. Thanks for your good wishes and I will convey them to Bill.
      Ron

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  5. Ron,
    Glad to hear all went well for Bill. Onwards and upwards!

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    1. Jane,
      Thank you for your good wishes.
      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    Hmm, interesting. I had three surgeries on my eyes. I had a catarats removed from each eye and I also had a laser surgery to burn away a membrane that had grown over my first removal. I was not put to sleep for any of them. They each took about 15 minutes. They clamped your eye lids open, made a small incision in the eyeball, plucked the cataract and your natural lens out and inserted the new lens. There was a bright light above you, so you saw nothing and they had numbed the eye with drops before you went in for the procedure, so there was no pain. There was a little pressure when he put in the new lens. I didn't have to wear an eyepatch or do anything special afterward, except wear these dark, wraparound sunglasses outside. I wonder why it took them an hour and half?

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I think the reason it took so long was because they put an IV in him and put him out. Then they had to bring him around. Bill says he doesn't even remember seeing the doctor. I was glad to hear that they put you out. I was concerned about my upcoming cataract surgery and being awake during the procedure. I prefer not to be awake during any of these procedures. I was in the twilight zone during one of my colonoscopies. I didn't like it. A lot of pressure and grunting. Put me out.
      Ron

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  7. Glad to read that Bill had a good procedure.

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