Vitrectomy is a surgery to remove the vitreous, the transparent gel inside the eye, using very small instruments. Vitrectomy surgery is performed with the aid of local anaesthetic (small injection of anaesthetic solution around the eye) as day surgery. Your eye will be numbed and you will not feel any pain, although you may feel some pressure sensation during the surgery.
The surgery often takes about 45 minutes. Depending on the reason for your surgery additional procedures may be required; these will be discussed with you prior to the surgery.