What to expect
Surgery can be performed with intravenous sedation, but is typically performed with general anesthesia. The eyelids may be temporarily sewn together for one to two weeks to help minimize swelling and to prevent extrusion of the plastic conformer that is placed at the time of surgery. A patch is positioned over the eye for a few days, then ice packs are applied. Some patients experience nausea during the first 24-48 hours following eye removal, and this is generally controlled with suppositories or oral medications.