Posted March 07, 2019 17:14:48With a successful eye surgery, eye doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle are now giving their patients a thumbs up.
The eye surgeons gave their patient a thumbs down on a thumbs sign, indicating they are satisfied with the outcome, as well as a thumbs of thumbs to the patient, according to the university.
The sign was placed on a patient’s right eye after surgery, said Dr. Ryan Rennie.
Rennie and his colleagues had surgery last week to remove a tumor in the middle of the eye, which they said had caused complications during the surgery.
He said they have been given three thumbs-ups in the past month.
“When we had a good outcome and had a little bit of hope that maybe we were going to be able to make a positive change, we got three thumbs down,” he said.
“I think the patient is a little bummed that they got a thumbsdown.
I think they got some confidence from that.
We hope it can be another positive outcome.”
Doctors said patients often have to go through multiple surgeries, including two eyelid surgeries, to remove tumors from the eyes.
The most common tumor, known as squamous cell carcinoma, is found in the cornea and surrounding tissue.
In a study of 5,000 people, the University found that in addition to a thumbsup, patients also got thumbs-downs for not having a good eye surgery.
In one of the studies, more than 90 percent of patients who got thumbs down said they were satisfied with their eye surgery outcome.
“There’s some really good results from the surgery that you may not know about,” Rennies said.
Rannies said that when he’s asked how patients are feeling after their surgery, he gets a thumbs UP.
“If you ask a good question and you get a thumbsUP, you get that thumbs-down,” he explained.
The University has seen a dramatic increase in its eye surgeries.
The average number of surgeries is now in the mid-thirties, up from just about 1,000 in the early 1990s, Rennia said.
He said a study in 2016 found that about 40 percent of the population is at risk for squamous-cell cancer, the most common form of the cancer.
The new study found that of the 3,000 patients who underwent the eye surgery last month, about 1 in 4 had squamous cells in their eyes.
That means the surgery may save the lives of more people than surgery to remove it would, Rannies added.