To investigate the rate of return to the operating room after vitrectomy surgery for vitreous opacities DESIGN: A retrospective registry cohort PARTICIPANTS: Individuals receiving care in ophthalmology practices participating in the IRIS Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight).
Data from the IRIS Registry was analyzed for patients who underwent vitrectomy for vitreous opacities. Cases were identified by the combination of ICD-9 and ICD-10 code (379.21, 379.22, 379.24, and 379.25) and a CPT code for vitrectomy surgery.
The number and percentage of eyes that underwent additional eye surgery within one year after vitrectomy for vitreous opacities were identified, as was the nature of the additional procedures per CPT code.
50,836 eyes that underwent vitrectomy surgery linked to one of the ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes for vitreous opacities were identified. In 17,615 eyes, the surgery was linked to the vitreous opacities code exclusively, and not to epiretinal membrane or macular hole codes. Of these, 2,187 eyes (12.4%) returned to the operating room for cataract surgery, and 643 eyes (3.7%) returned to the operating room for a non-cataract procedure. 457 eyes (2.6%) returned to the operating room for retinal detachment repair.
In the IRIS Registry, eyes undergoing vitrectomy for vitreous opacities returned to the operating room for an ophthalmic surgery other than cataract extraction 3.7% of the time, and retinal detachment repair was performed 2.6% of the time.

Copyright © 2020. Published by Elsevier Inc.