Let me start by giving a quick back story. On wednesday I called Dr Spencer who has been a part of this whole process and was recommended to do Carter’s surgery. He said he no longer does enucleations and referred us to a Dr Alford. Within the hour a church member, who is an anesthesiologist, called and asked what we were planning on doing moving forward. He said it was none of his business but if he could recommend one doctor it would be a Dr Alford out of Ft Worth.
This morning we met with Dr Alford for a consult and received more information than we cared to or ever thought we would know about eye removals. He has done 700+ of these surgeries and made us feel very comfortable from the beginning. Here is what we learned.
He will remove the eye and put in a “plastic like styrofoam” implant. He walked through all the different kinds of implants but you don’t want to know. This is an integrated implant and has a very high success rate (I think he said 95%+). The eye will be sent off to have the pathology done so we can completely rule out Retina Blastoma. Carter will be allowed to go home on the same day unless he struggles with the anesthesia or pain.
He will wear a patch for 5-7 days and his eye will be sewn shut for 3 weeks. After another 3 weeks of healing he would be sent to the Ocularists who fits him for the prosthetic. Dr. Alford said they are like master artists and will create a cover for the implant that will look just like his other eye. It really is amazing what all can be done and how many people are walking around with one eye and we never even know.
We think the surgery is Tuesday morning at 7:00am (thinking we will have to be at hospital 2 hours before.)