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Pterygium Surgery


Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium growth can sometimes interfere with vision by distorting the cornea. If good vision is threatened, a pterygium can be surgically removed, and with modern surgical techniques, they usually do not reoccur.

An Overview: Pterygium Surgery

At a Glance:

  • Pterygium are non-cancerous growths on the whites of the eye
  • The growth is removed and replaced with a graft taken from another part of the eye
  • The procedure takes 30-45 minutes on average
  • Outpatient procedure that allows you to go home the same day

Many patients choose to get rid of their Pterygium early on, both for cosmetic reasons and to prevent more growth, which could grow large enough to cause vision problems if left unchecked. Although all eye surgery requires great precision and microscopic attention to detail, Pterygium surgery is a simple, straightforward, painless, quick, and safe procedure compared to other types of eye surgery.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes the Pterygium, and takes a graft from another part of your eye in order to use your own safe tissue to patch the site. The entire procedure only takes about 30 – 45 minutes.

Benefits and Highlights:

  • Improves appearance and, in some cases, vision
  • Quick, painless, under local anesthetic (patient is awake)
  • Low recurrence rate with CODET Pterygium technique
  • We are one of the few to use Fibrin Tissue Adhesive for suture-free treatment

What to Expect: About the Procedure

  • Education, exam, and consultation happen first
  • You will experience a pain-free procedure using local anesthesia 
  • Surgery is completed on one eye at a time. The second surgery can occur two weeks later
  • Procedures are 30-45 minutes long
  • It is an outpatient procedure. After surgery, the patient leaves with an eye patch and returns the following day for post-op follow up
Dr. Arturo Chayet and CODET Fellow performing an eye surgery

Why CODET for Pterygium Surgery?

  • Dr. Arturo Chayet is specialist in Pterygium 
  • We are one of the few eye clinics to use Fibrin Tissue Adhesive, which eliminates the need for stitches, thereby reducing postoperative irritation and swelling 
  • The CODET technique results in a low recurrence rate, and all patients receive individual follow up care
Eye Surgery being performed at CODET Vision Institute

About our Technology and Facilities

Our surgeons are leaders in their specialty fields and are supported by specially-trained staff to deliver optimal care for our patients. Care is provided in our state-of-the-art facilities, offices, and operating rooms using nothing but the best in diagnostic and surgical technology and equipment, so you are fully supported before, during, and after your procedure.

Specific to pterygium surgery, we now employ Fibrin Tissue Adhesive and are one of the few eye centers to utilize this material.

How Does Pterygium Surgery Work?

Learn more about pterygium surgery and postoperative care.

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Yesenia Peralta came all the way from Cabo San Lucas to Tijuana, because she knew she wanted to have her Pterygium Surgery exclusively at CODET Vision Institute.

I really recommend them with all my heart, they removed the Pterygium in both of my eyes, and it was truly wonderful. First-class facilities and caring people that make you feel safe and secure.

Yesenia Peralta Pterygium Surgery Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, MX

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