January 2004 Archives

Surgery be being Successful

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Matthew's surgery went very well. The doctor was very pleased with what he saw and is optimistic about the outlook for the eye. He said the retina looked flat and that what he thought was a hole actually turned out to be a hole, but it appeared to have resolved on its own by "an intervention other than himself". He had previously said that a hole was devastating and would eventually grow to cover virutually the entire back of his eye. It is virtually unheard of that a hole would repair itself. The doctor removed the lens and the buckle from his right eye during the roughly two hour surgery. Removing the buckle caused some increased tension in his eye. This additional tension could cause the retina to pull away from the back of the eye, so he's going to keep a close watch on it. Removing the lens allows matthew to have an unobstructed view now (since the lens had a cataract in it), but it also means he can't focus that eye. We'll be visiting an optometrist with him pretty soon where we'll likely be given a prescription for contacts. It's hard enough getting eye drops in his eyes, I can't imagine how hard it will be to get a contact in there.

If everything goes well, Matthew will have to wear a contact for a while, but will have a synthetic lens put in sometime in the next few years.

Matthew's Surgery

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Surprisingly, Matthew's surgery was NOT rescheduled, so it is happening today at 10:30 a.m. The surgery is scheduled for 3 hours, and since he will be under general anesthesia for quite awhile, he may not be awake until late this afternoon. We'll post another entry when we know the results.

Happy New Year!


What a wonderful way to start the new year by having to take your son to the hospital for an MRI and surgery...

Matthew's MRI is now scheduled for Monday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. The surgery is not scheduled for the same day because the eye surgeon decided that in case something unusual was seen and something needed to be done, he wanted to have some time for that to take place before he did the surgery. So, with that being said, Matthew's eye surgery is scheduled for January 14th at 10:30 a.m.

Since he needs to be put under anesthesia for the MRI and the surgery, he will be staying in the hospital for 24 hours each time, but possibly longer after the eye surgery. Please pray that the MRI goes well and they don't find anything wrong and that his eye surgery goes smoothly without complications.

His eye surgery has to be done sooner than later because of the time limit that is on the buckle that is currently around his eye. This buckle was put around his eye back on September 27th when they first did the vitrectomy (where they remove the vitreous fluid in the eye) The buckle should only be around the eye for 3 to 4 months at the most so it needs to come off now. During this next eye surgery they are going to remove the buckle, remove the lens that is clouded, remove the vitreous fluid again so they can repair the retina if possible, then close it up for now. They will put a synthetic lens in his eye later down the road, but for now we may end up having to put a contact lens on his eye everyday until the new lens is put in. (this could be up until he is 3 or 4 years old)

We'll keep you updated on his status and the results of the MRI and surgery. I hope that all of you had a safe and wonderful New Year's celebration.

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