Orbital tumors are tumors found in the bony cavities of the eye (i.e., the eye sockets or orbits) or their nerves, muscles, blood vessels, fat and other tissues. In rare circumstances tumors may arise from those structures normally found in the orbit or may spread to the orbit from a distant location.
Treating Orbital Tumors
Tumors of the orbit may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). A biopsy is usually required to determine the nature of an orbital tumor. In some cases, the biopsy procedure will result in complete resolution of the condition, while in others additional medical or surgical treatment will be needed. As many orbital tumors are located behind the eye in the midst of many very important and delicate structures, surgery must be preformed by someone experienced in working in this area.
What to Expect from Orbital Surgery
Most orbital surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that overnight hospitalization is not required. However, in some situations, a one-night stay in the hospital is recommended. If you require orbital surgery, Dr. Biesman will discuss whether or not it will be necessary for you to stay overnight after surgery.
Due to the large number of delicate and important structures contained within the orbit, orbital surgery may be associated with numerous risks, including loss of vision, double vision, excessive bleeding drooping of the eyelids, dry eyes and others. While these risks may be minimized by an experienced surgeon, it is important that you understand all the relevant risks before agreeing to proceed.
- The orbit is the medical name for the eye socket
- In addition to the eye, the orbit contains nerves, muscles, blood vessels, fat and other structures, all of which can be affected by tumors
- Orbital tumors may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous)
- Some orbital tumors are treated surgically, while others will require medical treatment alone or in conjunction with surgery
- Due to the large number of delicate structures contained within the orbit, surgery in this area can be associated with numerous risks, including loss of vision, double vision, drooping of the eyelids and others.