Surgery is minimally invasive and takes roughly 20-30 minutes. The pterygium is first carefully peeled, then a tissue graft is harvested from beneath your upper eyelid and placed over the removal site to reduce the chance of recurrence. The graft is usually secured with tissue glue and rarely needs sutures. The site where the tissue is harvested heals on its own.

What are the risks of pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery generally has excellent outcomes. However, despite complete surgical removal, the pterygium may return, particularly in younger people or in those under constant exposure to irritants. With current standards, recurrence occurs in less than 5 percent of cases. Even in the absence of recurrence, in an additional 5 percent of cases the site of pterygium removal remains red. Medications that slow tissue growth sometimes help. The standart of Pterygium is Autoconjuctival Graft with or without suture .


Pterygium Excision Conjunctival Autograft

Dr. Blerina Kambo