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No parent wants her child to have to undergo surgery. It might help you to know that the caregivers in Boston Children’s Hospital's Pediatric Oculoplastic Program have a long and distinguished history of surgically repairing problems that affect children’s eyelids, lacrimal (tear) system and orbit.
Our doctors can help, first by identifying the severity of the problem—some don’t even require treatment—and then by working with you and your family to design an individualized plan of care.
Here’s some information about oculoplastic surgery and what makes Children’s different.
What are some of the more common conditions requiring oculoplastic surgery?
You and your family are key players in your child’s medical care. It’s important that you share your observations and ideas with your child’s treatment team and that you understand your provider’s recommendations.
If your child is scheduled for oculoplastic surgery and you’ve set up an appointment, you probably already have some ideas and questions on your mind. But at the appointment, it can be easy to forget the questions you wanted to ask. It’s often helpful to jot them down ahead of time so that you can leave the appointment feeling like you have the information you need.
Here are some questions you might want to ask:
We’ve also put together some general information about how to prepare for surgery and what to expect. To read more, click here.
Q: What is oculoplastic surgery?
A: Oculoplastics, or oculoplastic surgery, is literally plastic surgery of the eyelids. It’s a specialty of ophthalmology that focuses on three areas — the orbit, the eyelids, and the lacrimal (tear) system.
Q: What is the surgical process like?
A: We’ve put together some general information about how to prepare for surgeryand what to expect.
Q: What is the long-term outlook for my child?
A: Every child is unique, and your child’s long-term vision depends upon your child’s exact condition. But generally speaking, most of these surgical procedures have high success rates.
Ptosis — Children who have surgery to correct congenital ptosis sometimes need to have another procedure when they are older.
Your doctor will discuss this possibility with you in more detail.
Tear duct obstruction — For 80 percent of the children who have the surgery, one probe into tear duct is sufficient to remove the obstruction. For the other 20 percent, more complicated surgery may be necessary.
Orbital dermoids — Once they are removed, they don’t grow back.
Infantile hemangioma — Once the hemangioma is removed or stops growing (usually when your baby is around one year old) it rarely recurs.
Q: Are there any other resources about oculoplastic surgery out there?
A:The American Society of Ophthalmic and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has an informative page.
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