Pterygium Removal Surgery

Dr. Michel has the lowest Pterygium recurrence rates in the world!

Pterygium Removal Surgery: No Sutures. No Stitches. Very Low Recurrence Rates.

Dr. Michel, trained cornea specialist and Lasik surgeon, is referred to as the “King of Pterygium” by other cornea specialists and is one of the more renowned Pterygium removal surgeons in the world.

He is the Eye Doctor’s #1 Referral Choice for Pterygium Removal Surgery.

Before Pterygium removal surgery
Before Pterygium Removal Surgery
After Pterygium removal surgery
After Pterygium Removal Surgery
Now with 20/25 Vision

Dr. Michel’s Pterygium Removal Surgery on a Patient with a Legally Blind Eye

The eye was legally blind and could not see the big E on the chart before surgery (could only see a hand waving in front of the eye).

2 year post operative image is the after, uncorrected vision improved to 20/30 and 20/25 with a slight prescription.

Dr. Michel specializes in Pterygium removal surgery (also referred to as carnosidad and surfer’s eye because it’s caused by ultraviolet-light exposure (sunlight), low humidity, and dust) and while other cornea specialists have recurrence rates of 10-50%, Dr. Michel’s Pterygium recurrence rates are LESS THAN ONE PERCENT. In fact, he is the most referred Pterygium removal surgeon for Recurrent Pterygium. Dr. Michel uses an elegant no-stitch Conjunctival Limbal Autograft technique to remove the Pterygium growth and prevent recurrence with normal tissue. He can provide Pterygium treatment for your Pterygium growth in Ventura County (Thousand Oaks or Oxnard) and Los Angeles.

Before & After Photos of Dr. Michel's Pterygium Removal Surgery

Pterygium Removal Surgery Expectations

Dr. Michel has perfected and simplified Pterygium removal surgery dramatically. In the past, Pterygium patients were more upset with the IV in their arm than the surgery itself. So, we stopped IV sedation over 10 years ago. Today, patients receive a sedative pill to relax them along with a triple local technique where 3 types of anesthetic are used to topically numb the eye. During surgery, patients feel pressure but no pain. In addition, Dr. Michel does not use a blade or scalpel when performing Pterygium surgery. He only uses blunt instruments to lift the Pterygium off the eye. In addition, we have also perfected techniques to speed the healing of the eye while minimizing discomfort. With a liquid bandage approach, most of our patients only require Tylenol for pain with an occasional Ibuprofen pill, as needed. Recovery time is a few days, not a few weeks. Pterygium surgeries, on average, take 20-30 minutes and are usually conducted on Wednesdays or Thursdays and most patients are back to work the following Monday or Tuesday. Pterygium removal surgery is covered by most medical insurance carriers. If you’d like to see our work up close and view the terrific results we’ve experienced, take a look at Dr. Michel’s before and after Pterygium removal photos below. You can also get to know Dr. Michel and watch as he explains his expertise as a Pterygium surgeon as well as his technique in removing pterygia.

Pterygium Removal Surgery Procedure

Eye Doctor’s #1 Referral Choice for Pterygium Removal Surgery is Dr. Michel

Eye doctors from Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and literally around the world refer patients to Dr. Michel for pterygium removal. Dr. Michel also fixes recurrent Pterygium cases that grew back after previous surgery done elsewhere. If you are not happy with previous surgery done elsewhere, more than likely we can repair it.


Referring Doctor Comments After Observing Dr. Michel In Pterygium Surgery

The following observations are from a doctor that observed Dr. Michel, Pterygium surgeon:

“Today I watched two Pterygium surgeries performed by Dr. Franz Michel. It was amazing how something so simple as UV radiation (from the sun), continuous exposure to dry, dusty environments can cause the eye conjunctiva to thicken (like callus formation on the skin). Dr. Michel told me that Pterygium often occurs in Hispanic patients and those who are exposed to the environments mentioned above.”

The difficult part about Pterygium is that it tends to grow back in 50% of the patients who choose Conjunctival Autograft with Stitches. Moreover, this type of Pterygium removal takes longer to heal and patients may experience more pain during the procedure. And because patients are not made aware of the reccurrence rates of performing Pterygium removal without doing a graft, they tend to go with the cheaper pterygium surgery. And, unfortunately, many patients who come into our office after this type of procedure come with regret for choosing the cheaper procedure. Although the non-graft Pterygium method is a more affordable surgery Dr. Michel’s method, the recurrence rate for it is very, very high! What’s more, the recurrent Pterygia are much more aggressive and extremely difficult to treat. So what seems cheaper now is actually more expensive in the long run because of the likelihood of recurrence.

“So, the amazing thing I saw today was that not only does Dr. Michel’s Pterygium removal surgery not need any stitches, but that his modern skin grafting technique only has a less than 1% rate of recurrence! It took only about half an hour for each Pterygium removal surgery and both the stay-at-home mom and gardener went back home happy and with little pain.”