In most cases, the small bumps or swelling that develop on the upper or lower eyelid resolve on their own. These bumps, called chalazia, occur when a meibomian gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. These glands produce the oil that is needed for a healthy tear film. While a small chalazion may go away in a few days to a few weeks, a chalazion that is large and causing symptoms like eye irritation or blurry vision may require surgical removal. Chalazion removal surgery id performed to eradicate symptoms and, in some cases, an infection that has not improved with antibiotics. If you are interested in learning more about Chalazion removal and whether you are a candidate, call (248) 334-4931 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. W. Scott Wilkinson and his skilled team!
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How Long does Chalazion Removal Take?
The procedure itself takes only 10 to 20 minutes. However, patients can be in the outpatient facility for an hour or two, depending on the type of anesthetic they receive.
Does Chalazion Removal Surgery Hurt?
No. Before beginning the minor surgical procedure, the doctor administers some type of anesthesia. Most adults undergo chalazion removal with a local anesthetic that numbs the tissue around the bump. Children treated for chalazia may receive general anesthesia that allows them to sleep through the surgery.
Do I need to do anything to prepare?
Our goal in performing chalazion removal is to alleviate symptoms through a quick and painless procedure. Proper preparedness can facilitate the best possible experience and outcome. Fortunately, there is very little to do to be ready for this procedure. During your pre-operative appointment, your doctor will discuss what you expect and, depending on your case, how you might prepare. Recommendations may include:
- Stop smoking well before the surgery, if possible. This helps your body develop a better capacity to heal.
- Talk to your doctor about the medications and supplements you are taking. While most can be taken as usual, there may be some exceptions. Specifically, the doctor may advise against taking medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding. Examples include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. Supplements like fish oil, Ginko Biloba, and St. John’s Wort should be avoided for days before surgery.
- If the procedure will include general anesthesia, there will be food restrictions beginning several hours before surgery. In this instance, the office will provide written instructions.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing to the appointment.
- Do not wear makeup to the appointment.
- Do not wear contact lenses to the appointment.
How is Chalazion Removal Performed?
When the patient arrives at the office or surgical facility for their procedure, they will briefly meet with the doctor to review their treatment plan. After moving to the treatment room, the patient will receive an anesthetic as indicated in their plan. For general anesthesia, an IV may be inserted into the arm. For local anesthetic, an oral sedative may be administered prior to the injection or injections around the eye. The eyelid where injections are made may experience a stinging sensation that lasts momentarily. The medication works quickly to numb the area. Next, a clamp is placed on the to gently hold the eyelid open during the procedure. An incision is made in the most discreet location possible. Then, the doctor uses a small instrument called a curette to remove the contents of the bump, which may be oil and fluid. To fully empty the chalazion, the doctor may then remove the clamp and apply gentle pressure to the eyelid. The small incision may be left to heal on its own. If necessary, the doctor may close the incision with dissolvable sutures.
After chalazion removal, patients who receive local anesthesia can generally go home immediately. Patients who receive sedation or general anesthesia are taken to a recovery area where they can rest comfortably until the effects of their anesthesia wear off.
Is there any aftercare involved?
Patients can expect a few aftercare restrictions and instructions to help their eyelids heal optimally. In most cases, it is possible to resume the majority of normal activities the same day or day after chalazion removal. However, it is necessary to avoid bending, heavy lifting, and strenuous activity so as not to exacerbate bruising and swelling. Patients must avoid touching the eye and should not wear contact lenses or makeup for a day or two. The doctor may also suggest wearing an eye patch after treatment, removing it the following morning. While you may be able to shower starting the day of your procedure, your doctor may instruct you to take care to avoid getting the water into the eyes for about a week while healing is ongoing. Patients are encouraged to contact our office if they have any questions or concerns following their chalazion removal.
Are there any potential risks?
As a minor surgical procedure, chalazion removal carries just a few minor risks. These include:
- Loss of eyelashes
- Visible scarring
- Change in eyelid position
- Notching or dimpling in the eyelid
Call Dr. Wilkinson For Chalazion Removal In Pontiac, MI!
Call (248) 334-4931 today to speak with our office and learn more about Chalazion Removal! You can also fill out the form in our contact page to book a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Wilkinson. We proudly serve the areas of Clarkston, Lake Orion, Rochester, Troy, White Lake, Fenton, Waterford, Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, West Bloomfield, Birmingham and all of Metro Detroit with friendly, professional care.