Dr Andrew’s goals for pterygium surgery are an excellent cosmetic result, fast recovery, and prevention of recurrence.
There are different ways to perform pterygium surgery. The technique used by Dr Andrew is widely regarded as providing the very best results. The key benefits of this technique are negligible scarring and extremely low likelihood of the pterygium ever growing back (<1%).
Firstly, all of the abnormal tissue is carefully removed. The ptergyium that you see is only the “tip of the iceberg”. The surgery must span a much larger area in order to prevent future recurrence.
Next, a thin sheet of healthy conjunctiva is mobilised from behind your lower eyelid. This is called a “conjunctival autograft”. Tissue glue and tiny dissolvable sutures are used to secure this in place over the site where your pterygium was growing. The conjunctival auto graft accelerates healing and dramatically improves your cosmetic result.