What is an orbital tumor? A 'orbital tumor' is a mass arising behind/around the eye pushing it forward. While any of them can be loosely called as a 'tumor', it can either be non-cancerous (benign) or a cancerous one.
Is it a Cancer? The biggest worry for every patient is to wonder if it is cancerous. Most orbital tumors are benign (non-cancerous), painless, and slow growing masses.They gradually increase in size, leading to forward protrusion of the eye. Cancerous orbital masses are usually fast growing, and occur in the elderly. The oculoplastic surgeon can determine whether its cancerous by its duration, appearance, and imaging (CT scan). Hence, consulting your oculoplastic surgeon is very important.
Treatment Treatment of any tumor depends upon whether it suspected to be benign or cancerous. Benign tumors are removed completely, using minimally invasive techniques via hidden incisions. Neurosurgery approach is not required for orbital tumors as orbit surgery is less invasive. Suspected cancerous tumorsThe pathology confirmation is the best way to ensure complete removal and to know the exact diagnosis. Reconstruction of the orbit after removal of the mass is dependent on the size and location of the defect. Various reconstruction options are available.
Recovery Surgery for orbit tumors vary in their complexity and duration based on the location and extent of the tumor. All orbital surgeries are performed under general anaesthesia, with a minimum 1 day stay in the hospital. Small tumors can be removed within an hour, whereas large tumors require longer surgeries. Stitches if any, are removed in 7-10 days. Most patients are back to light work within a week or two. Minimal bruising may persist for 2-3 weeks.
Removal of orbital tumors is performed by the minimally invasive techniques. It involves specialized care since the function of the eye has to be preserved while providing the best cosmetic result.
Insurance Health insurance will cover the costs of tumor/cancer surgery.
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