I do NOT have Graves'. I have proptosis on my left eye due to trauma. CT Scan is normal. 1.5mm of protrusion. Am I a candidate for a fat decompression? can you elaborate on the purpose of the orbital fat, the fat decompression surgery, and the possible complications?
Fat Orbital Decompression?
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If you only have 1.5 mm of proptosis, and if in fact, your CT scan of the orbits is normal, then it is unlikely that your asymmetry is due to trauma.
The trauma that you attribute it to, is likely the reason you recognized a pre-existing asymmetry between the two eyes. As mentioned before 2 mm or less of asymmetry is considered to be in the normal range, and as such rarely, if ever is surgery done to address this.
You should consult an Oculoplastics/Orbital surgeon to properly assess your anatomy and discuss options for surgery, should it be warranted.
This is a complicated and inexact surgery. I would need to evaluate a patient with this type of request to determine if it 1) would be possible and 2) worth the risk. Proptosis is uncommon following trauma a more common finding is enophthalmos. You need to have orbital ct scans as well.
It makes no sense to have a fat decompression for 1.5 mm of proptosis.
Generally it takes a minimum of 2 mm of difference in the projection of the globes to be discerned clinically. It is possible there are other issues that are contributing to whatever it is that is bothering you. Rather than prescribing your own treatment, it makes more sense to have a detailed consultation with an oculoplastic surgeons to assess what is going on rather than focusing on a particular procedure which may or may not be right for you.
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