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      Hi, Tom, Ursula, and Katie!

      In 1993 I had a two wall decompression (transantral), which means that
      my doctors went through the antrum (maxillary sinus) to get at the
      floor and the medial wall of the orbit. It was a very successful
      surgery, but had more to do with protecting my eyesight than saving
      my vanity. I was under general anesthesia for the procedure and stayed
      in the hospital for one night.

      In general, orbital decompression is done on a patient whose eye
      muscles are compressing the optic nerve. The procedure allows more
      room in the eye cavity so the swollen muscles can expand into the new
      space created by the surgeon. Luckily, this procedure is rarely
      needed and shouldn’t be considered for cosmetic reasons alone. In my
      humble opinion, decompression should NOT be considered for getting
      rid of the Graves’ eye stare, which could correct itself (“burn out”)
      within a year or two. Time, patience, and the expertise of a Graves’
      ophthalmologist is what is needed for our eye woes.

      Wishing you health and happiness, Debby

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