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Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it? Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

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Unread 05-10-2008, 10:55 AM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

It may help that I've got some background in allied health care (and am also a big geek when it comes to anatomy and physiology) but that report made for some interesting reading.

It was really nice to know *exactly* what was causing my pain and why. And nice to know that I won't have it anymore.

Also - it helps if you maintain your own medical records collection. One thing that helped my surgeon make the decision as quickly as she did, is I was able to get her records from a surgery for an ectopic pregnancy I had in 1999.

I had this surgery in another state and haven't lived there in 9 years.

I provided her all of my records since I moved to this state - which helped her document that I'd been complaining of pain for a long time, but the real details were in my surgical records from 1999.


Ann
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Unread 05-10-2008, 11:34 AM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

I didn't ask for mine but I'd like to have a copy of it and read over it. I think it would be really interesting to read.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 12:54 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

I'm planning to ask for a copy of mine at my post-op on May 22, especially since I got EOBs from two pathologists this week that I didn't know about. The plan was not to biopsy anything unless something looked weird. She said usually they can tell right off the bat. So I definitely want to know what changed there.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 12:57 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

I got and read mine - one thing cracked me up. The surgeon listed all the things to be corrected and said I had a "huge" cystocele. It just didn't sound like the usual medical jargon and humanized my dr. a bit!
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Unread 05-10-2008, 01:41 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

I got my surgery report yesterday and read it over. YUCK! Thank God for anesthesia!

One thing I was glad about was that they counted the instruments twice before closing the incision!

They said my uterus was a " grossly abnormal-appearing enlarged uterus". And my incision was "unremarkable" on the date of discharge.

I did find it very interesting reading, though.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. I had a disposable camera brought into the surgery and one of the attendants took a picture of my uterus after they took it out. They placed a couple surgical instruments next to it for a reference to its size.

My mother wanted to see those photos!
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Unread 05-10-2008, 02:00 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

I did. I think medical stuff is cool, and I wanted to see what mine said.

Then I read it and got angry. My surgeon shared NO information with me about the surgery. I read the report 2 weeks later when I got it from my primary care doc and the surgeon had done a couple of extra procedures, including a hernia repair that I should have been aware of so that I could have taken better care of it. I now have a nice lump where that repair was because I didn't keep the binder on and it healed funny because it didn't have the support. I didn't keep the binder on because I thought it was for incision support and not a hernia repair, and my incision was fine after the first week that I was home. grumble grumble

The surgeon also put a few personal comments about me in the surgical report that upset me enough to change doctors. He may be a gifted surgeon, and that was important to me going into surgery, but his surgical report, along with his bedside manner, aftercare, and all that left a lot to be desired. He has no respect for his patients, and I can't trust someone that has no respect for my wishes. I kind of had a sense of that going into it, but fortunately my gyne was his assistant in the surgery, and she promised to be my advocate while I was in there. Having her there was the only reason I allowed him as my surgeon.

Ladies, get a copy of your surgical report, and your pathological report.

I wasn't told that I had adenomyosis or that my ovaries were filled with cysts either. That explained a lot of what I was feeling for a few years before I had the bleeding from the cancer that led to the surgery. I wasn't crazy, my periods really were getting worse for a reason.

Both reports give different information that you might not get from your doctor, and if you change doctors like I did it really is helpful not to have to go back and get them.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 02:34 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but whom do you talk to about requesting your report? My primary care dr or the dr that actually did the surgery?
Thanks a million-hope everyone has a great day!!
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Unread 05-10-2008, 02:42 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

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Originally Posted by bellasisters
sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but whom do you talk to about requesting your report? My primary care dr or the dr that actually did the surgery?
Thanks a million-hope everyone has a great day!!
Your primary care dr. should have a copy of it in your complete medical record!

So ask them, because if they don't, plus your pathology, they need it.

ADP
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Unread 05-10-2008, 02:45 PM
Has anyone else asked for their surgery report - and read it?

Thanks a bunch. I will be sure to put in a call to my primary care dr on Monday (since I don't have much else to do)
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