Excision lesion of the eye lid (cyst removal)

What is excision lesion of the eye lid?

An eyelid cyst is usually a painless lump or swelling either on the upper or lower eyelid which is caused by a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of the eyelid.  

What does surgery involve?

Eyelid cyst removal is performed under local anaesthetic and takes around 30 minutes.  The eyelid is carefully turned inside out and a small instrument is placed over the cyst to hold it secure.  The cyst is then cut, removed and the wound washed with a saline solution.

How soon will I recover?

You will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.  You may experience mild discomfort however you should recover very quickly.

What are the risks involved?

Eyelid cyst removal is a routinely performed minor operation and has few notable side effects.  Nonetheless, all surgery and anaesthetic have some risk associated.  Risks to all surgeries include infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthetic or blood clotting.

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