Before the chalazion removal can go ahead, you will have a consultation with Miss Olurin to discuss the procedure in detail. In the meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions and express your ideal outcome of the surgery.
You will be asked to complete a Health Assessment Questionnaire which will detail any current medications you may take or if you have any allergies. It is also important to advise the consultant if any of the following applies to you:
- have a pacemaker or similar implanted device.
- are unable to lay flat for up to 30 minutes.
- suffer from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or any other condition which may have an affect with wound healing.
- you smoke, as this can also affect your healing process.
Once Miss Olurin has obtained all the relevant information a suitable treatment plan will be recommended to you. If you are happy to proceed with the chalazion removal, a convenient appointment can be booked.
Before the surgery, it is important to remove any make-up, nail varnish or jewellery. However, you do not need to go without food or drink as the surgery will be performed under a local anaestic.
Also if you usually wear contact lenses it is important to remove them and wear glasses if needed. You will also not be able to wear contact lenses following the treatment, until your eyes have fully recovered.
Once you have checked in, you will be taken to the operating room by a member of staff. Miss Olurin will give you a local anaesthetic, which is applied into the eyelid tissue. This is done by either using a spray, eye drops or injection.
Miss Olurin will make a small incision to remove the chalazion lump. The operation usually takes about 20 minutes. During the procedure you should not feel any pain, although you may feel a little pressure around the area where the lump is. Throughout the surgery you should feel calm and comfortable.
When the chalazion is removed, if required, the surgeon will carefully suture the wound. Dissolvable sutures will be used, which will disappear after 7-10 days.
Once the procedure has finished, an antibiotic ointment will be applied to the wound and a protective eye pad will be applied to help protect your eye.
If a lesion is found to be suspicious the excised material may have to be sent to the laboratory for biopsy/histology to exclude any serious pathology such as a cancerous lesion. Your surgeon will arrange this and inform you of the results and if further treatment is required, usually within 2-3 weeks. The results of the histology will be forwarded to your GP.
Immediately after the surgery you may be in some discomfort and your eyes may feel sore. However, taking pain killers, such as paracetamol should help relieve your symptoms. It is advised to avoid the use of aspirin as this could cause bleeding.
Also, as you will have had a local anaesthetic, you will be unable to drive straight after the procedure. The anaesthetic should wear off within 2-4 hours.
You will be able to return home shortly after your treatment has finished. Once you are at home recovering it is important to follow all the guidelines and advice given to you by Miss Olurin.
You will be prescribed with antibiotics and it is essential to take them as directed. You will also be provided with an aftercare instruction leaflet and follow up appointment if required.
The procedure is straight forward and the only usual side effect is some slight discomfort around the area which has been treated. These symptoms should settle within a few days.
However, if you experience any other side effects, such as excessive bleeding, swelling or discharge around the treated area, you should contact the clinic and they will arrange an immediate aftercare appointment with Miss Olurin.