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First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask? First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask?

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Unread 01-01-2010, 05:26 PM
First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask?

I go to the DR for my first appointment on Monday since my surgery (TAH). Are there any specific questions to ask the DR that a person might not think about? I've already compiled a list of things based on the way I feel but thought maybe there is something else I should be asking and wouldn't think about it.

Reading posts from others about their experiences with the first appointment has really put my mind at ease. Thanks everyone!
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Unread 01-02-2010, 07:57 AM
Re: First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask?

One question to ask is specifically how much weight can you lift? I didn't ask for specifics on weight at the 3 week post-op visit and wondered about it until the 6 month visit. At that time I asked my doctor for a specific number of pounds, not just "nothing too heavy". It was funny, he said I could lift 30 to 40 pounds now. I laughed and told him I've probably never lifted that amount in my life! I weigh under 100 pounds. Anyway, I was able to lift whatever I had already been lifting without worry. Write all your questions down, that is the only way you'll remember.
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Unread 01-02-2010, 01:08 PM
Re: First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask?

thanks Smithie! I'm one of these who will lift too much too early so that is a good question to keep in mind. I have a list ready so I've added this to it. Thanks so much for responding!
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Unread 01-02-2010, 10:32 PM
Re: First post-op appointment soon - questions to ask?

I know my first question will be "am I healed" shortly followed by "can I have sex now?"

Sorry, reaching that "going nuts for lack of sex" phase.

Since I've had no discharge, bleeding or sign of stitches, I assume I am healing properly . . . but still want to know if the stitches are still there and if the incision is healing/healed since I obviously can't see it (TVH on 12/16).

Weight to lift? Good question. I guess I'd go back to the list of "don't do" and see where you can go from there with him. Oh yeah, and ask when you need to come back for f/up.

Best wishes for a good checkup. Keep us posted after your appointment and let us know what your doctor said . . . and if there are questions he/she answered that you didn't ask - I'm starting my list right now!
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