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Post-op Appointment after Hysterectomy
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How can I prepare for my post-op appointment, and what can I expect during it?
On average, your post-hysterectomy checkup will be about four to six weeks after surgery. The exact timing can depend on several variables including the type of surgery you had. In some cases, surgeons may even request that the appointment not be made until the eighth week of recovery. Regardless of when your appointment is scheduled, don’t hesitate to call your surgeon’s office sooner if you have any questions or concerns. Extensive pain, bleeding, and fever are all reasons to touch base with your doctor
sooner rather than later.
To prepare for your appointment, one of the best things you can do is write down any questions or concerns you have during your hysterectomy recovery
. These concerns can be related to healing, menopause, or general health. It is also helpful to keep a symptom diary
. When it comes time for your appointment, take these with you so you can discuss them with your doctor. You may want to write down the answers your doctor gives you to help you remember!
During your post-op checkup at your surgeon's office, you may have a pelvic exam. As uncomfortable as it sounds, this is the only way your surgeon can check on the progress of your internal stitches and make sure you are healing properly.
If your vaginal cuff
is not healing properly, your surgeon may apply a silver nitrate treatment to help speed the healing and development of new tissue. The silver nitrate can treat any vaginal cuff granulation
that may be slowing the healing process.
If your surgeon finds you're healing as expected, you may get the green light to resume your normal activities
. These can include returning to work
, and resuming sexual activities
. The HysterSisters recommend that you ease back into these activities as you feel ready. It may take some time before you have all of your energy back so that you can handle your normal routine.
If your surgeon does not offer you a copy of your surgical report
, be sure to ask for one. As your surgeon goes over the report, be sure to ask for any clarification about what was done and what was your diagnosis.
If your ovaries were removed, your post-op appointment may be a good time to discuss your options for hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
if you haven't already. Your choices could depend on a wide range of variables including the reason for your surgery, your health history, and your symptoms. Even if you kept your ovaries, it will be helpful to share any menopausal symptoms with your surgeon. Because of the interruption of their blood supply
, the ovaries may malfunction initially or even go into premature failure. When it comes to hormones, your surgeon may not be the best one to help you. Many HysterSisters have found that surgeons don't have the time to tweak and change dosages of HRT. Your family physician may be better equipped to help you with this.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery or future health, your post-op appointment is a great time to discuss them. Exercise, healthy eating, and/or supplements and vitamins are all great topics to ask about.
Your post-op appointment can be the turning point for you. It could be the end of your convalescence and your return to your regularly-scheduled, and hopefully healthier, life. Be as prepared as you can be for this appointment by taking good care of your healing body and writing down your questions and concerns during recovery.
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.
12-06-2013 - 11:44 PM
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