I just made my pre-op appointment which will be with my family doc (whom I normally see and referred me to the ob/gyn specialist who will be doing my surgery). So I was just wondering what to expect during this appointment. I'm guessing this question has been asked here before but I couldn't find it! I know they're just checking to make sure I'm healthy enough for surgery, but what does that entail? I suppose the MAIN thing I'm wondering about is will there be any reason for a pelvic exam? My appointment may fall during my last AF and I sure would like to be spared that final embarrassment!
i called the hospital to ask what pre-op testing would be done and they initially told me that sometimes, the doc does the tests in her own office and they told me some of the tests that are normally done, like ekg. i only had blood tests. they also asked me about my history "have you had flu like symptoms recently, any heart issues, sleep apnea." before my pre-op was sched, my doc had me come in for my last exam. she said that it was going to be a pelvic exam before that, but i was bleeding. she did an abdominal exam. don't be embarrassed. they're professionals and even the nurse said that depending on how much i was bleeding, they could still do the pelvic exam. thankfully, it didn't happen, though.
I had my preop today. She did do a pelvic exam on me. Not all dr do.
She answered any questions myself or my husband had. I did not have test done or anything. I guess because I am a healthy 41 year old. Pretty simple though.
My pre-op was pretty easy. First I met with my doctor and he answered any and all questions I had, answered the questions my husband had, and then walked with me down to do my pre-admit forms. I talked to the anesthesiologist and then had some blood drawn.
Some doctors do a pelvic exam and others don't. Some women have an EKG also. I didn't have either of those.
Mine involved a lengthy history Q & A Session, a chest x ray, blood work, urinalysis, vitals, EKG, and pulmonary ultrasound., as well as a consult with anesthesiologist. Probably they were concerned about heart failure in my case however as I had recently been hospitalized and received a transfusion due to anemia related heart concerns. Everyone's different.
Sounds like experiences vary quite a bit. My pre-op was with my surgeon. He did an exam, but I think that was only b/c he was my second opinion, I hadn't had one with him before. I had blood drawn, urinalysis, dr. Went over the procedure in depth and answered any questions I had. I was reassured after having time to talk with him and get my questions answered.