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Unread 05-07-2002, 03:55 PM
Pre-Op Questions

I am new here and set to meet with the surgeon on 5/20. They said he may want to do some pre-op tests and I was wondering what these may be- I have a 4cm dermoid on my left ovary and a fibroid about the size of an orange. (experiencing terrible back and left side pain as well)

Thanks in advance- not knowing what to expect (I didn't think to ask that day) is making me anxious and I have panic disorder so..... you know the rest
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Unread 05-07-2002, 05:47 PM
Pre-Op Questions

Pre op is just going over insurance, getting blood drawn, having an EKG done and a visit with the anesthesiology nurse. Its all very painless. I talked to my doc first and then went to the hospital for all the tests and getting everything signed etc. I suffer from panic attacks too, and believe it or not, I was cool as a cucumber through the whole ordeal and havent had any anxiety since... Dont know why, but Im not going to worry about it thats for sure!
Good luck!
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Unread 05-07-2002, 05:55 PM
Pre-Op Questions

Hi, Vensung -

Just wanted to add my reassurance to Marybeth's - it's not a big deal, really. My doc's office was in the hosptal. He really didn't do anything other than talk to me and answer questions. At hospital admissions, I talked to a surgical nurse and an anesthesiologist, who answered questions and had me fill out some forms - do bring your insurance card. I then had some blood drawn. Some women have EKGs or Chest X Rays, depending on your doc and your particular situation. I didn't have either for my hyst.

Ask questions of them all or of us!

Cheers,
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Unread 05-08-2002, 12:11 AM
Welcome!

Hi, Vensung! Welcome to HysterSisters--best site on the Web! Glad to see you are getting some info and support here. If you haven't read the pull-down menus for Ladies in Waiting, click on the 3 princesses at the top of the page, and then you can read stories and hints from previous princesses. Read all you can here, and it will surely help prepare you for your hyst. Feel free to ask any question you think of, and we'll try to answer. We'll be here to support you through this journey! s and best wishes!
Ruthie
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Unread 05-08-2002, 03:59 AM
Pre-Op Questions



Hi Vensung,

I want to add my welcome to everyone else's. My pre-op tests were only a chest X-ray, an EKG, blood work and a urinalysis. But please be sure that your surgeon knows that you have panic attacks - he may want to talk with your GP about whether they could prescribe something that would lessen your anxiety over the surgery.

Please let us know how you are.

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Karen
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Unread 05-08-2002, 04:17 AM
pre-op tests

the only pre-op test I had was have my weight taken, blood test and blood pressure and Consultant felt my tummy area and did an internal.
Because of my bladder problems at the time I had a urodynamic test but you wouldn't need this if you have no bladder problems
Linda
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Unread 05-08-2002, 05:36 AM
Pre-Op Questions

Hi and welcome to Hyster Sisters!!

I see that Ruthie said this as well, read the pull-down menus on the main page. www.hystersisters.com There is a lot of information on this site and those menus helped me answer questions and gather questions for me to ask my doctor.

My pre-op was paperwork, blood work, pre-op bowel stuff and a cup to go home with for my morning pee. I did ask to talk to my "A" man, but I was talked to by a nurse that told me he would call me the night before the surgery. I talked to my surgeons and they answered all my questions!



Sara
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Unread 05-08-2002, 05:52 AM
Thank you

Thanks to all for your support and answers-

The docs are aware of my panic disorder and are WONDERFUL about it. I have a couple girlfriends and we accompany each other when we head out for our annuals. (we travel from Vermont to Darmouth/Hitchcock in NH for our medical care) We share the same practitioner now and usually have some good laughs along the way! My guy is wonderful but is sometimes too serious so it's nice to lighten everything up a bit.

I'm very glad I found this site! Clarissa
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Unread 05-08-2002, 05:33 PM
Pre-Op Questions

The doc and nurses are very understanding of people with panic disorders as well as those who are just nervous. Everyone I had to deal with were very light hearted and were constantly asking me if I was alright or needed anything. The funniest part was when I was talking to my anesth. right before surgery going over my epidural and how all that was going to work, and I looked over and there stands my doc with white scrubs on. That just struck me as funny. I asked him couldnt he come up with another color! He said that's why they make clorox. With panic its very easy to visualize all kinds of crazy things and your mind can really get the best of you. I found that concentrating on the real reason I was there having the surgery in the first place and what my life was going to be like afterwards, really helped put things in focus for me. Mind over matter really works!
Good luck to you. Dont worry too much. They will take good care of you at the hospital and will do whatever needed to make you comfortable and relaxed!!
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