Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a surgical procedure that is performed so as to restore the flow of tears into the nose from the lacrimal sac when the nasolacrimal duct does not function. In simple terms, DCR is a type of surgery done to create a new tear drain between your eyes and nose. There are two types of techniques that can be used to perform the DCR surgery. The most common technique is called External DCR, and it has a 95% success rate. Endoscopic DCR is the name of the other technique, and it has a lower success rate of about 70%.
The surgery takes 1 hour to complete.
Complete recovery varies from one patient to the other. But it normally takes between 6 to 9 weeks.
Success Rate: 95%
Once you have decided to undergo a DCR surgery, we will make sure that you have a pleasant trip, and your procedure will be customized in a way that minimizes scarring. During the online consultations, expect the following questions:
Planning your trip and choosing the clinic
When you decide to have a pterygium surgery, our first step will be to present to you several detailed options of clinics and doctors. After you have chosen your preferred clinic and doctor, we will then set up an operation date and arrange your trip. All the dates are set according to your preferences!
This surgery is usually performed in the morning or afternoon, so we always recommend that you arrive in Turkey a day before the surgery –so that you can have enough time to rest.
Final Consultation with Your Surgeon
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your DCR surgery. Part of the discussions will be about your expectations and goals.
Before the surgery commences, your surgeon will conduct physical and blood tests to make sure that you are in a good health state. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests so as to ensure that nothing can hinder the success of the surgery.
Preparation for Surgery
To make you feel comfortable during the surgery, your surgeon will give you local anesthesia. If you have Trypanophobia (fear of needles), you should let us know so that we can offer you doctors who can give you anesthesia without using needles.
What Does DCR Surgery Involve?
How can I prepare for a DCR surgery?
It is recommended that you don’t take any medications that may inhibit blood clotting or cause postoperative bleeding problems such as aspirin and ibuprofen. If you smoke, it is also recommended that you stop smoking at least a month before your surgery and don’t start again until a month afterward.
Is there anything I should avoid taking after the surgery?
Avoid taking aspirin for at least ten days and homeopathic medicines that promote fast healing.
Will I feel any pain after the surgery?
Pain after surgery is usually mild and easily controlled with simple pain-killers like Panadol.
Will I have any scars after the surgery?
You may have some bruising and swelling of the skin around the nose and eye, which subsides within one week.
Is DCR surgery painful?
You will be given anesthesia to make you more comfortable during the procedure. The surgery itself does not involve pain.
Our team will dedicate their effort and time to help you choose the clinic best for you. Our goal is not just to find ‘a doctor’ for you, but to find ‘the right doctor’.