Eyelid Cyst Removal (Chalazion Excision)

There are small oil producing glands, called meibomian glands, that are located in the upper and lower eyelids. If oil becomes trapped within these glands, they become inflamed and create a cyst (chalazion). A cyst may go away on its own or with warm compresses.

People who have a cyst are often prone to getting more in the future, either at the same site or other areas of the eyelids. An ophthalmologist may decide to remove the cyst (chalazion excision) if it persists.

A few days prior to surgery, a nurse from Same Day Surgery will contact the parents or guardian of the child. He / she will confirm the scheduled surgery time and what time the child should arrive at the hospital the day of the procedure.

The parents are asked to bring a complete list of the child's medications. The parents will also need to bring a completed physical exam form that has been filled out by the patient's primary care physician within 30 days prior to the procedure. The form can be found in the Same Day Surgery Guide, which is either mailed or given to patients if they meet with the surgery scheduler.

On the day of the procedure, the child should dress in comfortable clothing. No jewelry or fingernail polish should be worn. Eating and drinking instructions are age-specific and are found in the Same Day Surgery Guide. If the patient takes any medications routinely, they can usually take the morning dose with a sip of water. Notify the doctor of any morning medications taken prior to surgery.

A doctor or nurse from the Anesthesia Department will talk to the parents about the anesthesia. They will also answer any questions the family has.

The procedure will take place in the operating room. Children who are over 1 year of age may have one parent come back to the operating room with them until the child is asleep.

The child will be asleep for the entire procedure and will not feel any pain or any other sensations. He or she will be monitored by nurses and doctors throughout the procedure.

A small cut (incision) will be made. Most cuts are made on the under side of the eyelid. The inflamed tissue is scooped out with special instruments. Dissolvable sutures are used to stitch the incision.

An ointment may be given after the surgery to be placed in or on the eyelid, depending on where the incision was made. Instruction on this medication and follow-up will be discussed with the physician after the surgery.


Last Updated 05/2012