I live in the DFW area in Texas and I was wondering if it was possible to get orbital decompression surgery. (photo)
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Doctor Answers 1
Thank you for your question.
As you know the eye related symptoms of graves disease can result in the "bulging" appearance to the eyes from an autoimmune-mediated inflammatory process of the orbital tissues, predominantly affecting the fat and the extraocular muscles.
Without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of any treatments it is difficult to be comprehensive.
There are surgical options for decompressive surgery, however many physicians have criteria such as ocular problems with dry eyes and measurements should be taken.
I would recommend seeking care from a specialist in thyroid related surgical decompression in your area if the medical management is not effective.
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