Why did they tell her a laser procedure for "gluing" the retina will be very painful? Isn't there some way to numb her eye?
If that is the case, then I do think the laser procedure is a necessary treatment. However, usually, this is not a terribly painful procedure. Typically, the patient may feel a little discomfort, but it is not known as a painful procedure. I'm not quite sure why they would say that.
OK, that's re-assuring. Thank you. So can she fly the day after the procedure for 18 hrs? And then make the flight back after 10 days? That wouldn't endanger her eyesight?
They're right. She should be okay to fly after the laser procedure and that shouldn't cause significant problems to her eye or threaten the vision, provided the procedure was successful.
When would they know the procedure was successful? We have 48 hrs left to the flight.
Just an exam of the eye should tell them whether it was successful or not.
Do you have any other concerns about this topic that I haven't addressed?
So right after the operation?
How long is the operation?
Should she stay in the hospital for a day after that? Should she be lying down or she can travel right away? The operation will be in a city 100 miles away. Can my father pick her up and drive her home or she has to lie down for 24 hrs?
No, she should be able to drive without problems. She shouldn't need to lie down after the procedure.
One second. I'm telling my mother what you just said.
OK. She said she has no more questions. I have a question: how long does this procedure take typically?
A matter of minutes, maybe 15-20 minutes on average.
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