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Questions for Your Post-op Hysterectomy Appointment

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Questions for your Post-Op Hysterectomy AppointmentWhat topics should I discuss with my surgeon at my post-op appointment?

It is easy to feel overwhelmed at your post-op appointment! So many questions and so little time! What if you forget something? One of the best things you can do for a stress-free post-op appointment is to write down a list of questions ahead of time so you can have it with you at your appointment.

Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions from the HysterSisters:

1. How do I handle my hot flashes and night sweats?
2. Do I need blood tests for hormone, thyroid, or iron levels?
3. Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right for me?
4. How long will I be on HRT?
5. How long does it take to see results?
6. What menopause symptoms should I watch for?
7. At what age do I wean off of HRT?
8. If I have kept my ovaries, what do I do if I have menopause symptoms?
9. How do you know if I am healed or not?
10. How many stitches do I have left?
11. How long will I be sore and swollen?
12. How long do I have to wait before resuming sexual relations?
13. When I resume intimacy, will I hurt the first time? What if I bleed?
14. Can I douche?
15. What if my libido is lacking?
16. What if sex is not like before?
17. Can I start bathing again?
18. Can I go swimming and get in the hot tub?
19. Can I start an exercise program?
20. Am I cleared for all activities?
21. When can I return to work?
22. What are my lifting restrictions, if any?
23. What about my psychological health after this surgery? What is normal? What is not?
24. What if I cannot sleep and have insomnia?
25. Do you recommend vitamins, supplements, iron or calcium, and if so how much of each?
26. Do I need Pap smears after hysterectomy?
27. Do I schedule a yearly checkup from now on?
28. Do I still need a gynecologist?
29. May I have a copy of my pathology and surgery reports?

Of course, if you have any other concerns, go ahead and add them to your list. Any aches or pains should be discussed with your surgeon, especially if you still need to take medication. You may also want to go over your pathology and surgery reports and so you can be sure you understand your diagnosis and surgery.

Your post-op appointment will be a great time to discuss all these things you've been wondering about, but don’t hesitate to call your doctor sooner if you have any questions or concerns that require a more immediate response. Signs of an infection, fever, and intense pain are all reasons to call your surgeon immediately.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-07-2013 - 12:35 AM


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