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Restore Optimal
Tear Flow

Dacrorhinocystostomy (DCR) is a surgical procedure that addresses persistent tear duct obstruction, which often leads to excessive tearing and discomfort. This minimally invasive treatment aims to create a new pathway for tears to drain from the eyes into the nasal cavity, bypassing any obstructions in the tear ducts. By establishing this alternative route, DCR effectively restores proper tear drainage and alleviates associated symptoms.

During the procedure, your surgeon will typically make a small incision near the corner of your eye to access the blocked tear duct. Through this incision, they will create a new connection between the tear duct and the nasal cavity, allowing tears to flow freely again. DCR is known for its high success rates and relatively quick recovery times, making it a preferred option for individuals seeking a long-term solution to tear duct obstruction.

Dacrorhinocystostomy (DCR) Treats:

  • Persistent tear duct obstruction
  • Excessive tearing (epiphora)
  • Recurrent eye infections due to blocked tear ducts
  • Discomfort or irritation caused by tear duct obstruction
  • Chronic tearing not relieved by other treatments
  • Complications arising from untreated tear duct obstruction, such as blurred vision

Advantages of Dacrorhinocystostomy (DCR):

  • High success rates in restoring proper tear drainage
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Relatively quick recovery time compared to traditional surgeries
  • Long-lasting results, providing a permanent solution for tear duct obstruction
  • Alleviates discomfort and irritation associated with blocked tear ducts
  • Reduces the risk of recurrent eye infections caused by tear duct obstruction
  • Improves quality of life by eliminating excessive tearing and related symptoms

Dacrorhinocystostomy (DCR) FAQs

What can I expect during the DCR surgery procedure?

During DCR surgery, Dr. Sansoni will typically make a small incision near the corner of your eye to access the blocked tear duct. Through this incision, a new connection will be created between the tear duct and the nasal cavity, allowing tears to drain freely.

Is DCR surgery painful?

While you may experience some discomfort or mild pain after the procedure, most patients report minimal pain during DCR surgery itself. Dr. Sansoni will administer appropriate anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure, and any post-operative pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.

What is the recovery like after DCR surgery?

Recovery after DCR surgery is generally swift, with many patients able to resume normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure. You may experience some swelling, bruising, or mild discomfort around the surgical site initially, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. Dr. Sansoni will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Are there any risks or complications associated with DCR surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with DCR surgery. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, or failure of the new tear duct to function properly. However, complications are rare, and Dr. Sansoni will take precautions to minimize the risk of adverse outcomes. It’s essential to follow all post-operative instructions to reduce the likelihood of complications and promote optimal healing.

How long do the results of DCR surgery last?

DCR surgery typically provides long-lasting results, offering a permanent solution for tear duct obstruction in the majority of cases. Once the new drainage pathway is established, tears should be able to drain freely into the nasal cavity.

Will I still need to use eye drops or other medications after DCR surgery?

In many cases, DCR surgery eliminates the need for eye drops or other medications used to manage symptoms of tear duct obstruction. However, Dr. Sansoni may recommend the use of lubricating eye drops temporarily to help relieve any residual dryness or irritation.

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