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Questions for Your Pre-Op Hysterectomy Appointment

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Questions for your Pre-Op Hysterectomy AppointmentI am about to have my pre-op appointment with my doctor. What questions do I need to make sure I ask my doctor?

The following is a list of good and informative questions to ask your doctor about your upcoming hysterectomy. Don’t be afraid to print out this list and bring it with you to your appointment!

Take a notepad with you to each doctor appointment to write down your doctor's responses. Write neatly and clearly; you may need to refer to your notes later. The HysterSisters also suggest taking a friend or spouse with you to your appointments to help you remember!

Questions About Your Hysterectomy Surgery
  • Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • How many surgeries like this for my diagnosis do you do each month?
  • What percent are minimally invasive surgeries? What percent are open incision?
  • Would you recommend a laparoscopic surgery for me? If no, "Why not?"
  • Will the doctor make a bladder tack? What is a bladder tack? (If you have incontinence, this is the time to bring it up as this is the best time for bladder and/or rectum repair)
  • How long will surgery take?
  • What, exactly, will be removed? Uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix, appendix? (How will these organs be removed? Through open abdominal incision? Through the vagina? With the help of a laparoscope?)
  • Will I need any preparation before surgery? (enema, stool softener, liquid diet, etc.)
  • I take certain meds regularly (list your meds, including over-the-counter meds and supplements), will I be allowed to take these to the hospital with me?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I have?

Questions About Your Hysterectomy Recovery
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • How long will I be on bed rest?
  • Will a pathology report be done of all the organs removed? (I do want one done.)
  • How long will it take for the results of the pathology report to come in? (If cancer is suspected, when will I begin cancer treatments and what options are there?)
  • What medication will I be on for pain in the hospital and when I am home?
  • Will the doctor use a tummy binder on me? Will I need one?
  • If my ovaries are being removed, when will I start hormones (HRT)? Most important: will the doctor help me to adjust if needed or should I see my family doctor to help with this?
  • If I am keeping my ovaries, how will I know if they are working post-op? if they shut down temporarily and I experience hot flashes, how long will I endure menopause symptoms before the ovaries kick back in?
  • When will I be able to resume driving?
  • How long will I be off work?
  • Will I be able to lift my baby? If not, how much can I lift safely at 4 weeks? At 6 weeks?
  • When can I return to the gym? When can I return to horseback riding, biking, running?
  • I've heard that there is a problem with gas after surgery and have been told that over-the-counter medicines such as Gas-X can help. Is it OK if I take some along to the hospital with me?
  • What are the restrictions for any sort of sexual activity after surgery? Is external stimulation allowed and if so, how soon? When can intercourse be resumed?

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.

04-10-2003 - 10:03 AM


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