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Pre-operative experiences and post-operative benefits of ptosis surgery: A qualitative study

Richards, Hollie S.; Harrad, Richard A.; Jenkinson, Elizabeth; Rumsey, Nicola


Hollie S. Richards

Richard A. Harrad


© 2017 Taylor & Francis. This qualitative study sought to explore the experiences of patients who had undergone successful ptosis correction surgery. Participants were recruited from Bristol Eye Hospital. Nine participants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule and open ended questions. Data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Four major themes were identified from patient accounts. Patients described the psychosocial and functional difficulties they experienced living with ptosis, and the subsequent benefits of surgery. Patients reported experiencing appearance related anxiety pre-operatively due to their condition and engaging in behaviours to avoid social encounters. Gender differences were noted in the internalization of perceived negative reactions from others, with men describing fewer adverse impacts. Patients described perceived barriers to seeking surgery including a lack of awareness of ptosis as a treatable condition, the perception that being concerned with their appearance could be seen as vain and the view that ptosis surgery is synonymous with cosmetic surgery. Following successful surgery patients outlined positive impacts on their vision, appearance and psychosocial well-being after successful surgery. This qualitative study highlights the complexities of the factors and processes contributing to the psychosocial impacts of ptosis and the potential benefits of surgery and/or psychosocial support. An increased awareness amongst people with ptosis of the potential positive impacts of surgery and an enhanced understanding of the reasons why patients may not seek treatment amongst health care professionals are likely to benefit this often overlooked patient group.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 4, 2017
Journal Orbit
Print ISSN 0167-6830
Electronic ISSN 1744-5108
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Pages 147-153
APA6 Citation Harrad, R. A., Richards, H. S., Richards, H. S., Jenkinson, E., Rumsey, N., & Harrad, R. A. (2017). Pre-operative experiences and post-operative benefits of ptosis surgery: A qualitative study. Orbit, 36(3), 147-153.
Keywords corrective surgery, psychological adjustment, psychosocial, ptosis, qualitative, visible difference
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Orbit on 3rd January 2017, available online:


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