Graves Disease Surgery in Miami, FL

Looking for a skilled plastic surgeon in Florida? For years, Dr. Myron Tanenbaum has served Miami and nearby communities with his plastic surgery practice. With his experience and skill, you can rest assured that you’re in the good hands of a trusted surgeon for Graves disease patients.

What is Graves Disease?

Graves disease is an immune system disorder. It causes hyperthyroidism, which is the overproduction of thyroid hormones. There are myriad causes of hyperthyroidism, so testing is required to receive a Graves disease diagnosis.

Symptoms of Graves Disease

Symptoms vary, but the most common signs of Graves disease include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bulging eyes
  • Change in bowel movement frequency
  • Change in the menstrual cycle
  • Fatigue, and change in sleep cycles
  • Finger or hand tremors
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced libido
  • Thick skin on shins or tops of feet
  • Thyroid enlargement (goiter)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Bulging Eyes and Graves Disease

Did you know that about 30% of people living with Graves disease exhibit bulging eyes as a symptom? Also known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy, other symptoms can accompany bulging eyes:

  • Double vision or vision loss
  • Feelings of grittiness in the eyes
  • Pressure in the eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Red eyes
  • Retracted eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek medical assistance for diagnostics and treatment. Dr. Tanenbaum can help restore your lower and/or upper eyelids once you’ve started managing hyperthyroidism.

Treatment for Graves’ Ophthalmopathy

Besides surgery, treatment for Graves’ ophthalmopathy includes steroids, IV medication, and special glasses that include prisms for reducing double vision. Here’s what Orbital decompression surgery for Grave’s ophthalmopathy entails:

To reduce pressure on the optic nerve and restore vision, orbital decompression surgery involves removing the bone between the eye socket (orbit) and the sinuses. Without the orbital bone, there is more room for the eyes to shift back into position without hindrance.


Following orbital decompression surgery, Dr. Tanenbaum and associates will give you specific instructions for recovery. Expect to require at least two weeks of downtime as you recover, during which you should avoid blowing your nose or bending over/putting your head below your heart.

While in recovery, it’s normal to feel discomfort and to experience swelling. This is considered a major surgery, so we recommend having help getting to and from your appointment. Our recovery instructions vary by patient, but it’s generally advised to have assistance at home and to take time off of work.

Potential Complications of Orbital Decompression Surgery

As with any surgery, there may be risks or complications. By choosing a skilled surgeon like Dr. Tanenbaum, you can minimize the risk of side effects or unexpected issues following your procedure. Be aware that complications may include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Infection
  • Loss of smell
  • Double vision

Always discuss your medical history with your doctor prior to surgery so you’re aware of how likely it is you may face some of the risks of the procedure.

About Dr. Myron Tanenbaum

With over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Tanenbaum has become one of the most reputable and sought-after plastic surgeons in Miami. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tanenbaum also completed a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic surgery, furthering his expertise in eyelid reconstruction.

Trust Your Eyelid Reconstruction to an Expert

When it comes to cosmetic procedures surrounding the delicate eye area, it’s essential to choose a surgeon with extensive experience and expertise. Dr. Myron Tanenbaum has helped countless patients achieve their desired results through eyelid surgery and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. 

If you’re considering surgical procedures to treat Graves disease in the Miami area, trust your care to Dr. Tanenbaum and his skilled team.

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