Orbital Tumors

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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 anĀ 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.