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Raghav Chadha undergoes vitrectomy: Know all about vitrectomy, treatments, risks and recovery

Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha has undergone emergency eye surgery in the UK to prevent potential blindness

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 02nd 2024 06:22 PM
Raghav Chadha undergoes vitrectomy: Know all about vitrectomy, treatments, risks and recovery

Raghav Chadha undergoes vitrectomy: Know all about vitrectomy, treatments, risks and recovery

Raghav Chadha undergoes vitrectomy: Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha recently underwent vitrectomy, an emergency eye surgery, in the United Kingdom. 

Earlier this week, Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj commented on the absence of AAP MP Raghav Chadha during a crucial election period, stating that Chadha would participate in the party's Lok Sabha poll campaigning once his health improves. 


Bharadwaj revealed that Chadha had undergone significant eye surgery in the UK due to a serious eye ailment, which posed a risk of blindness. He assured that once Chadha's condition improves, he will return to India and actively engage in the election campaign.

What is vitrectomy? 

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the vitreous gel from the eye. The vitreous gel is a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the space between the lens and the retina. Vitrectomy may be performed to treat various eye conditions, including retinal detachment, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy, vitreous hemorrhage, and epiretinal membrane


Vitrectomy - Treatment

The procedure is usually performed under local or general anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort. After the anesthesia , tiny incisions are made in the eye to insert small instruments, including a fiber-optic light, a cutting instrument, and a suction device

The surgeon carefully removes the vitreous gel from the eye using the instruments and depending on the specific condition being treated, additional procedures such as laser photocoagulation or gas or silicone oil injection may be performed during the vitrectomy.

After completing the necessary steps, the incisions are closed, often with sutures.

Vitrectomy - Risks

  • Retinal tearing or detaching
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Infections
  • Complications from anesthesia, such as pneumonia or stroke
  • Formation of too much scar tissue in the eye
  • Decrease in vision
  • Blindness

Vitrectomy - Recovery 

  • Patients are typically advised to rest for a period following surgery to allow the eye to heal.
  • Eye drops or other medications may be prescribed to prevent infection and manage inflammation.
  • Regular follow-up visits with the ophthalmologist are necessary to monitor healing and address any concerns.
  • Don’t drive until your doctor says that your vision has returned to normal.
  • Don’t fly or travel to high altitudes until your doctor says it’s okay to do so.

(Inputs from different healthcare websites)

- With inputs from agencies

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