what is Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (migs)?
Due to the many innovations in glaucoma treatment techniques in recent years, the majority of patients with glaucoma diagnoses have access to a large selection of new methods of managing their condition. Most of these approaches fall under the term MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, we are glad to provide MIGS procedures and various other innovative therapies for our patients. MIGS procedures use tiny surgical incisions to reduce intraocular pressure that arrests or delays further trauma to the optical nerve. MIGS can be advantageous at most stages of glaucoma; they virtually always have fewer post-surgery complications, and the majority of specialists deem them safer overall than trabeculectomies (traditional glaucoma surgery). If you need minimally invasive eye surgery in Napa, CA, contact our practice to plan your MIGS assessment with our ophthalmologists today.
What are the benefits of MIGS?
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, or MIGS, at Precision Surgery Center is an advanced glaucoma treatment in Napa, CA that can dramatically reduce eye pressure. The main benefit of MIGS is that this surgery gets customized based on your condition. The severity of glaucoma you are experiencing is unique to you, and we mirror our surgery to reflect that. Additionally, it is a quick surgery that will get you back to your normal activities within 2 - 5 days. It reduces the pressure in your eyes slowly and can help reduce your use of topical medications. This gradual reduction in pressure makes it ideal for helping to reduce any additional trauma you may experience in the optic nerve. To learn more about the benefits of MIGS surgery, contact our team of eye specialists at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley.
am i a Candidate for MIGS?
An experienced ophthalmologist can establish whether a patient is an ideal candidate for MIGS. All the numerous kinds of glaucoma can have different levels of intensity, which means every patient requires a unique treatment plan to manage their intraocular pressure. The most ideal patients eligible for MIGS:
- Suffer from mild to moderate glaucoma
- Aren't considered at high risk for severe progression
- Are over 18 years of age
- Haven't been able to control their intraocular pressure with prescription eye drops
- Are diagnosed with both glaucoma and cataracts
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how is a MIGS procedure done?
Once we have established that a patient is a great candidate for MIGS, we will explain all of their best options. We specialize in many MIGS procedures, and each one is carried out utilizing the most advanced technologies and tools. Usually, MIGS treatments are performed in outpatient contexts and are completed quickly. Because these remarkable procedures are minimally invasive, the recuperation downtime is relatively shorter. Nearly all patients resume work and their other daily routines within 2 – 5 days. When the surgery is done, we carefully detail each patient's post-procedure needs for taking care of their eyes throughout the healing period. In addition, we require all MIGS patients to come back for a few crucial follow-up exams at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley that allow us to closely monitor their internal eye pressure.
What Can I Expect When Recovering From MIGS?
When you have MIGS at our Napa, CA facility, you can expect about 2 – 4 weeks of recovery. Because this surgery is minimally invasive compared to more traditional methods, the recovery period is shortened significantly. Our team will send you home with a list of care instructions and will help you understand how to have a successful recovery period. Some things you'll want to keep in mind to avoid, however, include:
- Keep your face clean
- Avoid touching your face
- Try not to bend over too much
- Avoid exercise until approved by a doctor
We will have you come back in after a few weeks to ensure you're healing properly.
How long does MIGS take?
The length of your surgery will depend on the type of MIGS procedure being performed, but most procedures are able to be completed very quickly. Some may last as little as 10 minutes.
Will I be awake for MIGS?
Patients are usually awake during a MIGS procedure, but our team will take great care to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.
Does MIGS hurt?
As MIGS is typically performed with a local anesthetic, the majority of patients will feel little to no major discomfort during this minimally invasive procedure to reduce eye pressure.
Will I need to have surgery again after MIGS?
The benefits of MIGS can be long-lasting, but you will need to continue to schedule regular eye exams so that our team can keep monitoring your eye pressure after surgery. Your eye doctor will discuss your options with you if additional treatment or another surgery becomes necessary.
preserve your eye health
Until recently, patients experiencing advanced glaucoma had only one option for treatment to reduce eye pressure. Fortunately, MIGS now enable eye surgeons to perform numerous types of techniques to help patients control their glaucoma. Contact Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley in Napa, CA to set up a MIGS evaluation with an ophthalmologist to effectively manage your condition.