I'm 2 weeks post-op for a total radical hysterectomy (abdominal surgery) for cancer. I was wondering if it is normal to be discharged from hospital with no discharge information and no prescription for pain killers. They gave me the remaining tablets in a packet of Endone, approx. 8 tabs which is only enough for a day and a half.
The incision is approx. 1" above belly button, curves around belly button then all the way down to the pubic bone approx. 6-7". I have been in a great deal of pain and have contacted my specialist oncologist to obtain pain medication, but he never answered my calls and has now gone away on holidays. His receptionist said to see my GP.
I just found it strange that he didn't prescribe anything nor did anyone give me a "DO/DON'Ts sheet from the hospital, so I'm flying alone here. Any advice, would be appreciated.
I would have to say that is not normal. This website recommends taking your pain meds religiously for the first week to stay on top of your pain. And then as needed from there. For your dr not to give you any meds or a checklist and then ignore your calls seems unacceptable to me.
There are great resources on this site that can help guide you on the post op do's/don'ts.
I will be two wks post op on Wednesday - also tah for uterine cancer. My dr has advised me to start using regular Tylenol at this point. But I'm still taking the T3 a couple times/day as needed.
I'm feeling pretty good at this point.
Best wishes on a speedy recovery and give that doctor an earful when you get a chance. That is not good patient care in my book. Remember - you are the customer!!
OH wow. I don't think that typical at all. First off any discharge from a hospital should have discharged instructions. Every surgery should have post op instructions. So i am shocked that you didn't get any instructions for your major surgery. I would call your doctors office and ask. Also yes I assume its standard to have some kind of rx pain drugs. Pain management is very important is very important and most needed the first week. (at least)
I find that very strange. Please keep a journal of everything in case it is needed later. Someone in his practice should be able to assist you. SMH, totally unacceptable.
My discharge papers were very plain, so I did my research online and found a lot of information on this website.
I am taking motrin, and it helps a lot.
Feel better soon.