Orbital Decompression Surgery For Graves’ Disease: What to Expect?
Who, What, Where?
Named for the doctor who first described it in a patient, this particular autoimmune disease causes the thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of the thyroid hormone and generally ends up leading to hyperthyroidism.
Although both men and women are found with Graves’ Disease, women between 30-60 years are more prone to get it. Some other important factors that increase your risk of walking away with it are family history, severe stress, presence of another autoimmune disease, history of infection and smoking.
Because the disease is characterized by a lot of symptoms that are similar to many other disorders, it becomes very difficult to officially diagnose it. So even if you experience weight loss despite increased appetite or encounter shortness of breath, develop muscle weakness or get a sense of irregular menstrual periods, you might correlate it with something completely different.
While these symptoms can start very slowly or commence suddenly, it is always a good idea to be aware of your regular body patterns and be able to detect any upcoming changes.
Although all of the symptoms should be seriously considered, heavily bulging eyes or an abnormal protrusion of the eyeballs are ones that could lead to further complications, otherwise known as Graves’ Ophthalmopathy. Resulting from the swelling of tissues, muscles, and fat in the socket behind the eye, this thyroid eye disease can end up putting pressure on the optic nerve and lead to impairment of vision if left untreated.
Plan of Action
When it comes to treatment methods, a number of actions can be taken depending on the seriousness of the symptoms. If we are talking about just easing heavy dryness, over-the-counter medications like gels and ointments should do the trick. A step further in uncomfortableness takes us towards steroid medications to ease any swelling. Then comes the part where you’ve reached a stage where none of these seem to be working and you need surgery to restore facial symmetry.
If this is the case, you may need to see both an endocrinologist and an ophthalmologist so they can conduct any blood tests or imaging tests if need be. Our dental clinic in Dubai is fully equipped to treat Graves’ Ophthalmopathy cases by offering Orbital Decompression Surgery. What the surgeon hopes to accomplish over the course of this minimally invasive and short surgery is to create more space in the orbit making it possible for the eye to resume its normal position.
Patients will undergo anesthesia allowing the surgeon to work endoscopically through the nose. Because this procedure does not involve any cutting through the skin, there is less chance of external bruising or swelling.
So, where you may not have heard or known about Graves’ Disease before, now you stand corrected. Take a minute and further learn what signs and symptoms to look out for because then, once you realize the issue at hand, the first step of business will be finding the appropriate professional health so that the right treatment method can be planned for you. At Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC, our consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Pr Pierre BOULETREAU, one of the Best World Specialists of Orbital Decompression, will tend to your troubles and prescribe the right course of action.